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Four Organizations Join NEMI

Diverse group represents the many aspects of electronics manufacturing

April 29, 2002

HERNDON, Va. - April 29, 2002 -The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI), an industry-led consortium, has signed four new members in recent months. CALNET Inc., the Centre for Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging (CMAP), Orbotech (NASDAQ: ORBK) and Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) have joined the ranks of NEMI members working to strengthen the North American electronics manufacturing supply chain.

"This group of new members represents the multi-faceted nature of the supply chain and helps enrich the NEMI mix with their different perspectives and needs," said Jim McElroy, executive director and CEO of NEMI. "I believe that our ability to attract such a diverse group of organizations is testament to the value NEMI offers its members, whether an OEM/EMS provider, supplier, solution provider or even another consortium. We welcome these new members and look forward to their contributions to NEMI's efforts."

"NEMI has been resolute in its push for open industry standards, focusing on everything from performance of electronics packaging to improvement of supply chain communications," said Eugene McCabe, vice president, high end operations for Sun Microsystems. "Sun is committed to pursuing standard solutions and we believe that NEMI provides an important forum where the entire electronics manufacturing supply chain can join forces in a united effort to develop standards that will benefit all of us."

"Working closely with our customers and other suppliers worldwide is integral to our success to date and important for future product development for existing and new markets," said David Doyle, Orbotech's marketing manager for electronics assembly in North America and new co-chair of the Test, Inspection and Measurement Technology Working Group (TWG) for the 2002 NEMI roadmap. "Leveraging our global experience and technical expertise in automated optical inspection, imaging and yield management for a broad range of applications, we look forward to assisting NEMI's roadmap and gap analysis process, which directly affects the North America electronics manufacturing supply chain and the new global EMS manufacturing challenges."

"CALNET's business and technology consultants are thrilled at the opportunity to share their systems integration experiences in the manufacturing, financial and telecom marketplaces supporting NEMI's roadmap effort. For more than 12 years, CALNET has been working closely with our clients to increase competitive advantage by leveraging and transforming processes and systems that utilize emerging technologies and transaction interaction standards such as Web services and XML-based solutions. We will work hard to ensure that our partners and consultants are active contributors and participants of NEMI's Product Life Cycle Management Technology Working Group," said Kaleem Shah, president and CEO of CALNET.

About CALNET

CALNET is a systems engineering and Information Technology consulting firm. Since 1989, the company has consulted for many of the largest government, telecommunications, manufacturing and financial organizations in the world. CALNET delivers advanced information and system engineering solutions through its workforce and business exchange practices. It has been at the forefront of innovative telecommunication products development and systems integration projects, providing a range of services from hardware engineering to back-end legacy application integration. CALNET alliances include Unisys, IBM, Oracle, Ariba, Microsoft, BEA, Argus, Mercury Interactive and Software AG. For more information visit www.calnet.com.

About CMAP

The Centre for Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging (CMAP) is a multi-university, multi-company consortium that conducts fundamental and applied research of direct relevance to the microelectronics industry. Based in Toronto, CMAP's mission is to advance international microelectronics assembly and packaging at Canadian universities. CMAP works in partnership with industry through multidisciplinary, innovative research carried out in dedicated, state-of-the-art microelectronics assembly and packaging laboratory facilities. Its programs help produce new generations of highly qualified scientists and engineers, and enhance the knowledge base of the microelectronics industry. Visit www.cmap.ca for additional information.

About Orbotech

Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ/NM: ORBK) is a world leader in providing advanced technology solutions used by electronics manufacturers to facilitate the highest quality production of printed circuit boards, flat panel displays, electronics assemblies and integrated circuit packaging. The company's innovative automated optical inspection (AOI), imaging and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies enable customers to achieve the increased yields and throughput essential to remaining at the forefront of electronics production. Headquartered in Israel, Orbotech has more than 50 offices worldwide supporting customers throughout North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim, China and Japan. For more information, visit www.orbotech.com.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The Computer[tm] -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at www.sun.com.

About NEMI

The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's mission is to facilitate leadership of the North American electronics manufacturing supply chain. Based in Herndon, Va., the industry-led consortium is made up of approximately 60 electronics manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities. NEMI roadmaps the needs of the North American electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies. The consortium also works with government, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives. For additional information about NEMI, visit www.nemi.org.

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