Lone US mask blank maker closing shop

April 25, 2007 – Schott Lithotec, the last-standing US supplier of photomask plates, is ceasing production and will sell its Poughkeepsie, NY facility, finally deciding that lower ASPs and a shift of customers to Asia means it’s no longer a viable business to be in.

“Overcapacity in the industry has led to significant erosion of the average selling price of our products over the last years,” and market forecasts don’t show this changing anytime soon, noted Patrick Markschl

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