01/05/10

Amtech Appoints Bert Goudena to Board of Directors
Enhances Board Technology Expertise and Experience

TEMPE, Ariz.--Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASYS), a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, today announced the appointment of Bert (Egbert) J. G. Goudena to its Board of Directors. Mr. Goudena’s appointment fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Mr. Brian Hoekstra, who recently became the chief executive officer of a publicly traded company.

Since 1987, Mr. Goudena has been the operations manager of the research labs at the Delft Institute of Microsystems and Nanoelectronics (DIMES) of the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. DIMES was established in 1987 and is a strong international center of excellence providing experimental research in many technology areas, including solar. In 2008, Mr. Goudena co-founded ISZGRO Diodes, a company that was formed to deliver logistics services to technology companies and to produce extreme ultraviolet (EUV) detectors. Mr. Goudena received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Technology from the H.T.S. Wegastraat in The Hague.

J.S. Whang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, “Mr. Goudena’s extensive technology experience will be a valuable asset to our board as we continue to expand and enhance our solar product offerings and become increasingly technology-focused. In addition to his technology expertise, Bert brings to the board his government and private sector relationships that will assist us in our R&D efforts, which support our strategy of becoming a technology turnkey provider to the crystalline solar market.”

About Amtech
Amtech Systems, Inc. manufactures capital equipment, including silicon wafer handling automation, thermal processing equipment and related consumables used in fabricating solar cells and semiconductor devices. Semiconductors, or semiconductor chips, are fabricated on silicon wafer substrates, sliced from ingots, and are part of the circuitry, or electronic components, of many products including solar cells, computers, telecommunications devices, automotive products, consumer goods, and industrial automation and control systems. The Company’s wafer handling, thermal processing and consumable products currently address the diffusion, oxidation and deposition steps used in the fabrication of solar cells, semiconductors, MEMS and the polishing of newly sliced silicon wafers.

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Contacts:

Amtech Systems, Inc
Bradley C. Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
(480) 967-5146
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 Investor Relations
Todd Kehrli or Jim Byers
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