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Advantest is the leading global supplier for memory-chip testing equipment (boasting a 60%-plus share of the market) as well as measurement systems for the semiconductor and electronics industries. As a result, it tends to track the global demand for memory chips -- and last year was a good one. Chip demand fueled by the global love affair for flat screen televisions, DVDs, digital recorders, and 3G mobile phones kept Advantest's order books for its testing equipment brisk through most of its last fiscal year. Net profits more than doubled, to $355 million, in the fiscal year ended March 31, while sales jumped 37%, to $2.23 billion. Yet the non-stop pricing pressure on memory chips likely will mean leaner times ahead. The company is forecasting a 2.8% decline in net profits and flat sales for its next fiscal year.
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Advantest Corp. engages in the manufacturing and sale of electronic measuring instruments, automatic test equipment, and electron beam lithography systems. It operates in three segments: Semiconductor and Component Test System; Mechatronics System; and Services, Support, and Others. The company’s customers include semiconductor device manufacturers, various foundries, and test houses, as well as an array of manufacturers and service providers in the communications and electronics industries. It offers products in Asia, North America, and Europe, in addition to Japan. The company was established in 1954 as Takeda Riken Industry Co. Ltd. and changed its name to Advantest Corp. in 1985. Advantest is based in Tokyo.
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Hiroshi Oura has served as a Director of Advantest since 1989, when he joined the company, and as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since 2001. Mr. Oura also served as the President of Advantest from 1989 to 2001. From 1956 until 1989, Mr. Oura worked at Fujitsu Ltd. Mr. Oura was elected as an outside director of Fujitsu Limited on June 24, 2003, and currently serves in that position.