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TOP 1985-1995 2004-2011
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1996
DISCO Values introduced.
1997
Hitoshi Mizorogi was appointed as Executive Vice President.
ISO 14001 (environmental management) certification received for Hiroshima Works.
1998
300 mm-compatible dicing saws and grinders developed.
DISCO shares listed on First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1999
PQS(Preferred Quality Supplier) Award received from Intel Corporation.
Shinji Sekiya retired from the position of representative director and Vice Chairman.
Nagatani Plant built in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture.
2000
New series dicing saws, DFD6350 and DFD6360, and new series grinder, DFG8540, developed.
DAD685 and DAD695 automatic dicing engines developed for package singulation.
SCQI (Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement) Award received from Intel Corporation.
Hitoshi Mizorogi was appointed as President.
Kenichi Sekiya was appointed as Chairman of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
2001
Dry polishing process developed; world's first dry polisher, DFDP8140, and dry polishing wheels released.
New grinding wheel series, GF01, developed.
SCQI Award received from Intel Corporation for 2nd year in a row.
2002
300 mm-compatible Fully Automatic Laser Saw DFL7160 developed.
300 mm-compatible grinders and polishers developed.
250 mm2-workpiece-compatible Automatic Dicing Saw DAD3350 developed.
8"-compatible Automatic Surface Grinder DAG810 developed.
Machine recycling service initiated.
SCQI Award received from Intel Corporation for 3rd year in a row.
2003
8"-compatible Fully Automatic Dicing Saw DFD6240 developed.
Fully Automatic Grinder/Polisher DGP8760 and Fully Automatic Multi-Mounter DFM2700 (both machines 300 mm-compatible and designed for in-line configuration with each other) developed.

In the mid to late 1990s, DISCO introduced DISCO Values as fundamental principles for operating and managing the company. As the name suggests, it is a system of shared and transparent values and ethics applicable to any environment in which DISCO does business, now and in the future.

DISCO's increasing size and complexity was the main reason for introducing the system. When a company is small, communication is fluid and most employees know each other. Further, employees tend to be generalists, understanding the better part of what goes on inside the firm. In terms of values as well, they understand what kind of actions or initiatives are likely to be supported by management, and ethical principles tend to be shared and agreed upon.

As a company grows beyond a certain point, however, the number of employees who know each other decreases, people's jobs become more specialized, and the company as a whole becomes more difficult to comprehend. In such a situation, it becomes more and more difficult to share vision and values.

Desiring to regain the shared values it had had when it was smaller, in 1995 DISCO launched Future Project Alpha, aimed at top management. During this period management worked hard to put down in writing DISCO's raison d'etre and key values, and, in December 1997, DISCO Values was at last introduced to the entire company. Since then, DISCO Values has come to be shared by all employees and serves as a guide in every activity that DISCO undertakes.

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