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KLA Korea Builds on 30 Years of Leadership to Keep Looking Ahead

Jan 2, 2024 2 min read

In 2023, KLA Korea marked 30 years of offering the company’s industry-leading process control and process-enabling solutions to the electronics industry and the future is full of possibilities.

Because the industry will always face challenges when customers create new technologies, KLA will have opportunities to continue helping them resolve issues associated with manufacturing their groundbreaking products.”

Yanghyong Kim, KLA Korea country president
Scroll down for more photos of KLA Korea’s 30th anniversary celebration at bottom of this page or click here.

From building new facilities to meet customer commitments to supporting the next generation of technologists, KLA Korea is preparing for the future. Recent initiatives include:

In Yongin, KLA has expanded customer support and collaboration by opening a new Learning and Knowledge Services training center.

A new office at a semiconductor cluster in Pyeongtaek is close to customers. Local KLA Services employees as well as install engineering and application teams are using the facility.

“The new office in Pyeongtaek is indicative of our support for the customers, which have been building fabs and expanding continuously, so we had to enhance support capabilities to meet their needs,” says Yong Subin, KLA Korea Global Workplace Services, who is project manager for the new facility.

KLA is deeply engaged with customers in multiple sectors including consumer electronics, 5G, automotive, IT and entertainment.

As major semiconductor companies continue to expand and build new facilities in South Korea to meet emerging needs, Yanghyong expects the market to continue growing well into the future.

“The semiconductor business right now is very important around the world, and we have to be innovative to stay ahead of the market,” she says. “Helping customers find the right solutions is an area where KLA has very strong leadership, so I believe we have a bright future.”

As part of KLA Korea’s focus on the future of technology, the KLA Korea Foundation supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for women and youth in the Gyeonggi-do region through mentoring and sponsorship of robotics competitions.

Celebrating 30 Years

With an eye toward the future, employees toast 30 years of success at KLA Korea and enjoy each other’s company at a thank you event in December 2023.

From left, receiving Long-Term Service Awards are Changho Lee (right), Changwoo Kim (left), Haesook Jeong (right) and Minki Kim (right).

Learn more about KLA’s 30 years in South Korea with some insight from longtime employees, and Yanghyong Kim discusses her goals for KLA Korea and shares some thoughts about the semiconductor business in East Asia here.

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