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Dublin, Jan. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Wafer Cleaning Equipment - Global Market Outlook (2019-2027)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment market accounted for $6.37 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $15.67 billion by 2027 growing at a CAGR of 11.9% during the forecast period. Some of the key factors propelling the growth of the market are demand for micro-electro-mechanical systems, growth in the semiconductor industry, and growing demand for tablets and smartphones. However, the emission of hazardous chemicals and gases during the wafer cleaning process is the restraining factor for the growth of the market.Wafer cleaning equipment is used for the removal of particles or impurities from the semiconductor surface without changing the quality of the surface. The performance of the device and its reliability are affected significantly due to the existence of contaminants and particulate impurities on the wafers of the device surface. The cleaning is required to improve the performance of the semiconductors by removing the residues.By equipment, the batch spray cleaning system segment is expected to grow at a significant market share during the forecast period due to its ability to process multiple wafers at one go, which saves time as well as the cost of cleaning. Based on geography, Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold considerable market share during the forecast period as the countries like Japan and South Korea are the leading manufacturers of electronic devices.What the report offers: Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segmentsStrategic recommendations for the new entrantsCovers Market data for the years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2024 and 2027Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)Strategic analysis: Drivers and Constraints, Product/Technology Analysis, Porter's five forces analysis, SWOT analysis, etc.Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimationsCompetitive landscaping mapping the key common trends Company Profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developmentsSupply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements Key Topics Covered: 1 Executive Summary2 Preface2.1 Abstract2.2 Stake Holders2.3 Research Scope2.4 Research Methodology2.5 Research Sources3 Market Trend Analysis3.1 Introduction3.2 Drivers3.3 Restraints3.4 Opportunities3.5 Threats3.6 Technology Analysis3.7 Application Analysis3.8 Emerging Markets3.9 Impact of COVID-194 Porters Five Forces Analysis4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers4.3 Threat of Substitutes4.4 Threat of New Entrants4.5 Competitive Rivalry5 Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment Market, By Wafer Size5.1 Introduction5.2 200mm-300mm5.3 100mm-200mm5.4 ?150 mm6 Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment Market, By Type6.1 Introduction6.2 Megasonic Cleaning6.3 Rotary Wafer Etching System6.4 Quartz Tube Cleaning Stations6.5 Vacuum Metal Etcher6.6 Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) Vapour Dryer7 Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment Market, By Operation Mode7.1 Introduction7.2 Manual7.3 Automatic7.4 Semi-Automatic8 Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment Market, By Equipment8.1 Introduction8.2 Single Wafer Cryogenic System8.3 Single Wafer Spray System8.4 Scrubber8.5 Batch Spray Cleaning System8.6 Batch Immersion Cleaning System9 Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment Market, By Impurity9.1 Introduction9.2 Chemical Impurities9.3 Metallic Impurities9.4 Particle Impurities10 Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment Market, By Technology10.1 Introduction10.2 Wet Chemical Cleaning Process10.2.1 Hydrofluoric Acid Solution10.2.2 RCA Cleaning Process10.2.3 Sulfuric Acid Solution10.2.4 Alternative Cleaning Solutions10.3 Cryogenic Aerosols Super-Critical Fluid Cleaning Process10.4 Vapour Dry Cleaning Process10.4.1 Plasma Stripping & Cleaning Process10.4.2 Vapor Phase Cleaning Process10.5 Aqueous Cleaning Process10.5.1 Aqueous Beol Cleaning Process10.5.2 Aqueous Feol Cleaning Process10.6 Emerging Technologies10.6.1 Chemical-Based Emerging Technologies10.6.2 Aqueous-Based Emerging Technologies10.6.2.1 Spray Pressure Pulsation Cleaning10.6.2.2 Foam/Bubble Cleaning10.6.2.3 Immersion Pressure Pulsation Cleaning10.6.3 Dry Particle Removal10.6.3.1 Nanoprobe Cleaning10.6.3.2 Liquid Clusters10.6.4 Laser Cleaning10.6.4.1 Dry Laser Cleaning10.6.4.2 Steam Laser Cleaning11 Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment Market, By Application11.1 Introduction11.2 Radio-Frequency (RF) Device11.3 Smartphones & Tablets11.4 Interposer11.5 Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)11.6 Center for Integrated Systems (CIS)11.7 Memory Devices11.8 Logic11.9 Light Emitting Diode (LED)12 Global Wafer Cleaning Equipment Market, By Geography12.1 Introduction12.2 North America12.2.1 US12.2.2 Canada12.2.3 Mexico12.3 Europe12.3.1 Germany12.3.2 UK12.3.3 Italy12.3.4 France12.3.5 Spain12.3.6 Rest of Europe12.4 Asia-Pacific12.4.1 Japan12.4.2 China12.4.3 India12.4.4 Australia12.4.5 New Zealand12.4.6 South Korea12.4.7 Rest of Asia-Pacific12.5 South America12.5.1 Argentina12.5.2 Brazil12.5.3 Chile12.5.4 Rest of South America12.6 Middle East & Africa12.6.1 Saudi Arabia12.6.2 UAE12.6.3 Qatar12.6.4 South Africa12.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa13 Key Developments13.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures13.2 Acquisitions & Mergers13.3 New Product Launches13.4 Expansions13.5 Other Key Strategies14 Company Profiling14.1 Semtek Corporation14.2 Screen Holdings Co Ltd.14.3 Toho Technology14.4 Applied Materials14.5 Modutek Corporation14.6 Naura Akrion14.7 Cleaning Technologies Group14.8 Veeco Instruments Inc.14.9 Tokyo Electron Limited14.10 Ultron Systems14.11 LAM Research14.12 Schmid Group14.13 PVA Tepla AG14.14 Semes Co Ltd.14.15 Entegris Inc.14.16 Shibaura Mechatronics CorporationFor more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/jae26r Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research. 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The U.S. Government Accountability Office is making some new recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the vaccine rollout has not met expectations. The office has continued to report on its ongoing monitoring and oversight efforts related to the pandemic. The GAO suggests that the Department of Health and Human Services develop and make publicly available a comprehensive national COVID-19 testing strategy that incorporates all six characteristics of an effective national strategy.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — American whiskey absorbed some setbacks but showed resilience in the face of pandemic-related clampdowns on bars and restaurants as liquor sales benefited from enduring demand for a good stiff drink. Despite plunging sales from bars and restaurants, the American whiskey sector still rang up increased revenues in 2020. Liquor store and online sales surged. And some restaurants offered new twists for thirsty customers, serving cocktails-to-go in response to pandemic restrictions. As a result, combined U.S. sales for bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey rose 8.2%, or $327 million, to $4.3 billion in 2020, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said Thursday. Domestic volumes rose 7% to 28.4 million cases, with strong demand spanning various price ranges. The pandemic performance reflected the industry's durability, the distilled spirits trade group said. "We often romanticize the past, but when it comes to American whiskey the golden age is today,” said David Ozgo, the council’s chief economist. Industrywide, overall sales and volumes grew for U.S. spirits suppliers, and the spirits industry increased its share of the total beverage alcohol market, the council said. But restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 took a toll. The spirits industry's on-premise sales from U.S. restaurants and bars collapsed by 44% last year, the council said. An 18% surge in off-premise sales at liquor stores and other retail outlets helped offset those losses, as consumers increasingly mixed their own drinks while cooped up at home. At Barret Liquors in Louisville, Kentucky, sales surged 30% to 40% last spring as the pandemic took hold, store owner Manoj Uppal said this week. Each spring day resembled a weekend, and the rush at times left him without some brands, he said. But customers unable to find their favourite spirits didn't leave empty handed. "They ended up buying something else," he said. Demand eventually slowed somewhat, and the year ended with sales up about 15% over 2019, Uppal said. Sales so far this year are up about 5% from a year ago, he said. Ozgo said national trends also showed an initial spike in liquor store sales as consumers stocked up early in the pandemic, but the the growth rate decelerated as the months passed. Meanwhile, as the pandemic raged, online happy hours spread as ways to maintain the social connections of drinking. Some mixologists took to social media to share recipes and tricks of their trade for home bartenders. “American whiskey has always been a key staple of any bar and with an increase in home mixology ... the growth in this category remained strong," Ozgo said. Spirits industry revenues were bolstered by increased demand for super-premium products that fetch the highest prices. Super-premium volumes rose 17.4% in the bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye segment last year, the trade group said. Many states relaxed rules temporarily to allow cocktails-to-go and expanded delivery options for restaurants struggling to stay afloat amid COVID-19 clampdowns. In at least 18 state legislatures, bills have been filed to make cocktails to-go a permanent fixture, the council said. Also, some states are considering allowing direct spirits shipments to consumers. “Permanently enacting marketplace modernizations introduced in response to COVID-19, from online delivery to cocktails-to-go, will aid in the recovery of restaurants, bars and craft distilleries,” said the council's president and CEO, Chris Swonger. Meanwhile, American whiskey producers continue to suffer from trade disputes that sprang up during Donald Trump's presidency, the trade group said. The value of American whiskey exports to the European Union has dropped by 38% since the EU imposed a retaliatory tariff in 2018, the council said. American whiskey exports to the United Kingdom, a key overseas market, have plunged by 53% during that time, it said. The EU targeted American whiskey and other U.S. products in response to Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum. The council has long called for an end to the dispute and will look to President Joe Biden to revisit the issue. “We are hopeful the Biden administration will clearly recognize the widespread damage being caused by the escalation of these trade disputes," said the council's public policy chief, Christine LoCascio. ___ Follow AP’s coverage of the pandemic at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak. Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press
Cyprus’ economy is expected to rebound by 4.5% of gross domestic product this year following a pandemic-induced contraction of around 5.5% in 2020, the country's finance minister said Thursday. Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides told an investment conference that the growth estimate comes attached with a “great level of uncertainty” because of how the pandemic may evolve. The unemployment in Cyprus rate rose to an estimated 8% last year, which was less than anticipated, and it is projected to drop by a percentage point this year as economic activity picks up, according to Patrides.
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“The Sandman” series at Netflix has set its main cast. Tom Sturridge is officially set to star as Dream, with the show also adding Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar. The series is based on “The Sandman” comic book series created for DC by Neil Gaiman. It follows […]
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If you — like me — are obsessed with celebrity culture, and therefore follow a lot of famous people on Instagram, your feed on any given day might include: Mindy Kaling dancing with a can of Campbell’s soup, Blake Lively wearing heels that look like they were drawn on using Microsoft Paint, and Reese Witherspoon trying desperately to make a meme challenge (starring herself!) happen. Among all this odd online behavior, though, there is one phenomenon that stands out to me as being supremely weird, and it comes courtesy of famous parents: covering a child’s face with an emoji. You know you’ve seen it: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik used an emoji of the Hulk to block out their infant’s face on Halloween; Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard put rainbows on their daughters’ faces when posting vacation pics; Ashley Graham placed a heart over her baby’s face in a video collage recapping his first 12 months of life; Jenny Mollen, bestselling author and wife of actor Jason Biggs, is partial to the “lit” emoji for pics of her kids horsing around at home. Danielle Fishel does it, Michelle Buteau does it, and Elsa Pataky does it. As do, Orlando Bloom, Jenna Dewan, and Chris Pratt. (The list goes on, but I’ll stop there.) What makes this phenomenon so interesting is that many of the celebrities who use emojis to, it would seem, put up a privacy barrier around their kids, are also the kind who share seemingly every other aspect of their lives with their fans and followers. Bell, for example, has built her whole personal brand on relatability — and that includes how she presents her life as a parent. She regularly goes on talk shows and podcasts to discuss the funny antics her kids have been up to, and she posts detailed accounts about how hard she works on her marriage. But showing her kids’ faces is one line she will not cross. When she puts a photo of her children on social media, she always covers their faces with an emoji. When someone already shares so much of their lives and their kids’ lives with the world, why exactly is their child’s face where they choose to set a limit? View this post on Instagram A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) According to Leah Plunkett, an expert in digital privacy law and author of Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online, hiding your kid’s face in social media posts does provide some specific privacy benefits. She explains that when it comes to who will learn information from a picture you share, there are two big categories. “The first is what other people — as in human beings and not algorithms or robots — can learn from the picture,” she says. “The second is what data can be extracted, used, and repurposed by various forms of machine learning or artificial intelligence, et cetera.” Obscuring a face in an image can limit the information actual people can glean from that image, but it’s still unclear how much it protects against institutions, such as social media companies and third parties that receive data from those social media companies, getting info from the image. “It would certainly guard against the kind of scenario that The New York Times wrote about in fall of 2019, where it came out down the road that photos that parents had posted of kids online in the early 2000s were taken and used to train what The Times called ‘bleeding-edge surveillance technology,'” Plunkett explains. “Obviously, if you don’t have a face, the image can’t be used for that, but would it still be possible to learn things from the photo like location or the kind of clothing worn or depending on the photo, race or ethnicity or gender? Yeah, it probably still would be.” Because of all that, this tactic is not a foolproof solution for containing information, but for parents — and maybe especially celebrity parents — some coverage is better than none, especially if they just can’t stop themselves from posting photos online. While Plunkett confirms it’s safer just not to share photos of your children on social media at all, she does understand that the impulse to do so might overrule some security fears. “I think the motivation is to try to engage in a level of ‘sharenting’ that is focused on you sharing about your life, of which children are a huge part for most parents, certainly for me, without giving away information about your children that, in some sense, is not yours to give,” Plunkett explains. “It’s like, here’s what’s going on in my life of which my children are a big part, but literally and metaphorically, I’m not going to give you a window into their lives.” So, for celebrities who are used to — and love — sharing their lives on social media, it’s not really an option not to post images of their kids. Instead, it’s about controlling the way they do so. In the age of social media, celebrities both do and don’t have authority over their images. On the one hand, they have a direct line to their fans via platforms like Instagram, where they can mold and manipulate their personas — providing they at least give the veneer of authenticity. On the other, they still have to fend off paparazzi, who are more zealous than ever in their hunt for candid celeb photos, which are then proliferated across the internet. Many stars have even found themselves in lawsuits for posting paparazzi photos of themselves without giving proper credit or payment to those who shot them. But while famous people don’t have control of paparazzi images of themselves or their kids, they do have control over their own shots, and they can use those to cultivate their own brands. Like with everything we post online, posting photos of our children, whether their faces are visible or not, is a way for parents — famous or not — to convey a certain message about themselves and their lives. It’s also a great way to generate engagement. Plunkett remembers when she was running for state office over the summer and posted a photo of herself filling out forms to get on the ballot. In the picture, her daughter can be seen, though her face is not visible. “I thought about whether or not to share this photo because, on the one hand, I really am a very minimalist or nonexistent ‘sharent.’ On the other hand, part of why I was running for office was because I think that there should be a working mom of young kids in this position,” Plunkett explains. “This was a moment that was private in that it happened in my house, but it’s also public because, in a non-COVID world, I would have had to go to the State House in New Hampshire and fill this out in front of anyone else who happened to be there. Also, I wanted to convey to people who were getting to know me and getting to know the campaign, this is what it looks like to do this with a small child hanging on you.” Ultimately, Plunkett decided to post the photo because her daughter was indistinguishable from any other brown-haired, small person — the image was particularly well-received by people in the community. No matter whether you’re a celebrity, an influencer, or just a normie parent, sharing photos of your kids almost guarantees more likes. Pictures that give unique insight into your life — or at least the illusion of insight into your life — perform better on social media. Anyone who has ever reluctantly posted a selfie only to receive infinitely more attention for it than any sunset or sandwich photo you’ve previously posted knows this to be true. For people who use their platforms professionally and are constantly thinking about engagement so they can get sponcon partnerships or just strengthen their personal brands, it makes sense that they would want to share photos that are undeniably cute, even if they don’t reveal their kids’ faces. View this post on Instagram A post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@ashleygraham) But maybe the strangest aspect of the emoji-face-covering is that, well, they feel really disruptive when used on accounts where aesthetics are a huge focus — I, for one, find it so aesthetically unpleasing that I know I can’t be alone. Maybe if you’re a regular person, the presence of errant emoji in the middle of a family portrait might not stick out among all the other poorly lit photos of your week’s meal prep haul or the numerous snaps of your cat that make up your grid. But on a celeb’s profile, where every image is so deliberately planned, and often curated by assistants or even agencies dedicated to conveying a certain persona for the celebrity via photos, Reels, and memes (yes, we are talking about Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling), well, those emojis hit differently. The posts are well-planned and the grids are curated, and yet, there sits a heart or a pumpkin smack dab in the center of everything, an utter distraction. Some celebrities get around this cartoonish intrusion by only posting photos where their children are facing away from the camera. Still others double down by blurring out their kids’ faces like they’re on an episode of Cops. Even when considering and understanding the privacy perspective, it’s still hard, after seeing the photo of Zayn and Gigi holding their little bundle of Hulk not to go right into an existential tailspin, and wonder: What’s in a face? Couldn’t it be argued that a person’s essence is in their face? So without that, what exactly am I even looking at? (And, just in case you’re thinking I sound like a stoned first-year philosophy major debating what it even means to be a person, trust me, I know — and I don’t like that these posts make me feel this way, either). Really though, the most important question I’m always left asking myself after seeing yet another photo of a kid donning a random emoji, like some kind of macabre digital mask (an aesthetic nightmare that isn’t even all that secure from a digital privacy perspective) is this: Why post the photo at all? The answer, I suppose, is that celebrities and influencers are still regular people, who, just like the rest of us, have the same inane impulses to overshare. In fact, their impulses might even be stronger than ours, since they are literal performers on and off social media. But, they also know the power of the illusion of information, and how nothing works better, in terms of maintaining an audience, than pretending to give more than you’re actually giving. So they stoke their fan base by seemingly offering a glimpse into their lives, while also pulling back and asserting control over their own narratives. All of which is fine, but, you know, do they have to do it with such ugly emojis? Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Dakota Johnson Loves Limes. Or, Does She?What's Going On With Kylie Jenner's Water PressureHead Empty Just Vibes: How Bimbos Took Over TikTok
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