By Alfred Lee, The China Post
The Water Resources Bureau (WRB) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs awarded Applied Materials Taiwan a water conservation prize last Saturday.
The prize is given to Applied Materials in recognition of its water conservation efforts over the last three years, which recycled nearly 90 percent of its used water, saving 38,500 tons per year. With its water recycling and conservation program, Applied Materials achieved a wastewater discharge rate of 53 percent, far lower than the 70 percent stipulated by Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park (HSIP).
In the initial period of Applied Materials’ operation in Taiwan, the company consumed 192 tons of water per day. Now its daily water consumption has been reduced to 58 tons, a 70 percent reduction from the initial period. In 1999 and 2000, the company consumed 58,700 tons of water, averaging 80.4 tons of water per day. The daily water consumption of the HSIP is about 60,000 tons. Applied Materials is one of the world’s top-500 companies and the largest supplier of integrated silicon wafer foundry equipment. The company was founded in Taiwan in 1989. In addition to its production facility in HSIP, the company has established an R&D laboratory to develop advanced production processes and a training center to train local customers to use its machinery. The WRB also made awards to Winbond Electronics Corporation and Philips Taiwan Ltd. for excellence in water conservation.