Dr. Franklin Kalk, CTO of Toppan Photomasks, Inc., Honored With BACUS Lifetime Achievement Award

Round Rock, TX

Toppan Photomasks, Inc. (TPI), the world’s preferred global partner for photomasks, announced today that Dr. Franklin Kalk, Chief Technology Officer, was honored at this year’s SPIE Photomask Technology conference with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given in recognition for his significant contributions to the photomask industry and his leadership in developing cutting edge infrastructure.

“Dr. Kalk has contributed greatly to the body of knowledge in the photomask area through his many technical publications and patents, and his extensive engagement within the industry,” said Paul Ackmann, Fellow Engineer at GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Bacus President, and member of the SPIE Photomask Technology committee. “Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in realizing important innovations that have contributed to today’s capabilities and will help enable tomorrow’s.”

The Photomask Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual, or group of individuals, for contributions that advanced the mask making industry through innovation, business, or infrastructure. The candidates must be well recognized and have made significant contributions to help and advance the mask industry.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” said Dr. Kalk. “The photomask industry continues to be a fascinating part of the semiconductor market in which to work. I’m grateful to the committee for this recognition and look forward to innovations coming for 10nm and beyond.”


About Toppan Photomasks

Toppan Photomasks, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. a diversified global company with revenue in excess of $12 billion in fiscal 2014. Toppan Photomasks is part of the Toppan Group of photomask companies. As the world's premier photomask provider, the Toppan Group operates the industry's most advanced and largest network of manufacturing facilities and offers a comprehensive range of photomask technologies and research and development capabilities to meet the increasingly sophisticated and divergent product-and service requirements of the global semiconductor industry. Toppan Photomasks is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas. For more information visit