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ABOUT LINX CONSULTING

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Linx Consulting offers electronic materials consulting services to the semiconductor, display, photovoltaic, MEMS, energy, and nanotechnology industries. With many years of experience developing, marketing, and consulting in the chemical industry, Linx Consulting offers unparalleled expertise and capabilities for driving strategic and tactical data generation and decision-making for users, specifiers and suppliers of electronic materials.

Many of the challenges in materials applications are very different when viewed from the perspective of the chemical industry. Our depth of knowledge in the chemical and advanced materials industries gives us a broader perspective of electronic materials and their impact on the development of products and solutions for the electronics markets.

Linx Consulting has a global network of consultants and materials analysts to offer a broader perspective of the electronic materials industry by combining expertise and capabilities from around the world. This global perspective allows Linx Consulting to reach all major markets for electronic materials and device manufacturing.

Management

Mark Thirsk, Managing Partner

Mark ThirskMark Thirsk has over 20 years experience in the chemical industry working with a variety of materials and processes utilized in wafer fabrication. In addition to his knowledge of electronic materials and manufacturing, he has also been involved in economic and business forecasting, strategic planning, technical marketing and M&A.  Having been on both sides of the fence as a user and seller of materials and equipment, as well as being intimately involved with major materials manufacturers, Mark is well placed to bring clarity and insight into understanding markets from both a technical and commercial perspective.

Previous to Linx, Mark was Senior Marketing Manager at Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, a specialty materials company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for strategic planning and new business development. Additionally, Mark has served on the SEMI Chemicals and Gases Manufacturers Group (CGMG) since 1999, acting as Chairman between 2001 and 2003.

Mark has worked in the UK, Germany, Belgium, and the USA, and has traveled extensively in Asia. He is fluent in both English and German.  Mark has authored several recent articles and papers published in and presented at:

  • Semiconductor Fabtech
  • Strategic Materials Conference

Mark holds an Honours B.Sc. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Birmingham University in Birmingham, UK and an MBA from The Open University Business School in Milton Keynes, UK.

Michael A Corbett, Managing Partner

Mike CorbettMike Corbett has been involved with semiconductor processes and materials consumed in both front end of the line (FEOL) and back end of the line (BEOL) semiconductor operations for 15 years. Mike has experience in many semiconductor technologies including compound semiconductors, transistor/device construction and fabrication, semiconductor interconnect materials and processes, and device packaging. He is also involved in other electronics-focused areas including:  printed circuit boards, flat panel displays, optoelectronics, photovoltaics and advanced battery technologies.

Mike has developed programs to commercialize novel technologies, identify growth opportunities, complete M&A, conduct strategic planning and develop cost-of-ownership (COO) assessments.  Through these engagements, he has developed a detailed understanding of the semiconductor industry’s structure and trends as well as contacts at key equipment suppliers, consumables producers and semiconductor fabricators.

Mike was also Chairman of the Chemicals and Gases Manufacturers Group (CGMG) and is an active member of SEMI, IEEE, MRS, and AVS. Mike has authored several recent articles and papers published in and presented at:

  • Solid State Technology
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Magazine
  • Strategic Materials Conference
  • Microelectronics Materials Strategy Symposium

Mr. Corbett holds a BSEE from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Andy Tuan, Managing Director, Asia

Andy Tuan, managing directorAndy Tuan joined Linx Consulting in 2014 to manage Linx Consulting’s Asian business. Based in Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Tuan is responsible for business development and project management and overall strategy development in Asia. 

Prior to joining Linx, Mr. Tuan was Director of Strategic Marketing of the Global Electronics Division of Air Products and Chemicals, where he focused on Semiconductor, LCD, Photovoltaic, LED, and other emerging electronics industry segments in Asia. Mr. Tuan was also general manager of the Electronics Business in China, and global product manager in the company’s electronics specialty material group at the US headquarters. Mr. Tuan joined Air Products Asia in 1996 where he built and led the regional electronics commercial team in Taipei. In this capacity, he supported the establishment and integration of an intra-Asia electronics supply network of manufacturing vendors, affiliate companies, strategic business partners and channel distributors across Asia. He also led several semiconductor and solar cell project activities in Southeast Asia and India as a new fab business development manager.  

Before Air Products, Mr. Tuan worked in sales, marketing and product development in other global electronics device and electronics materials companies including Fujitsu in Japan, Merck-Kanto Advanced Chemicals in Taiwan, and Merck KGaA, Germany.  

Mr. Tuan is an active particpant of SEMI, a non-profit industry association that provides services to the global semiconductor industry, where he assumed various roles including technical standard program member, PV Committee member, LED Committee member, regional advisory board member, and executive consulting member. 

Mr. Tuan holds a Japan-focused International Executive MBA from a joint program offered by the University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii) and National Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan) in 1994, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu, Taiwan) in 1989.

Kyle Y. Flanigan Ph.D., Director

Kyle FlaniganKyle Flanigan joined Linx in 2013, and he brings over 17 years of experience in advanced materials development. Dr. Flanigan's focus has been bringing new materials and products to the market and expanding the existing market to capture new opportunities.

Over the past 10 years, he has led development, scale-up and HVM ramp activities for suppliers to the semiconductor, PV and LED markets. As a key member of Intel’s FAB Materials Operations, Kyle participated in the development of many of the strategies & tools used by Tier 1 manufacturers to assess the strength of their suppliers.

Previous to Linx, Kyle was Global Marketing Manager at Avantor Performance Materials, Inc. headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for product portfolio management, strategic planning and new business development. Prior to that, he spent 9 years at Intel as a Staff Research Engineer and 3 years at Honeywell Electronic Materials as a product manager.

At both Honeywell Electronic Materials and Avantor Performance Materials, Dr. Flanigan managed teams responsible for ramping new materials and helping suppliers meet HVM requirements, as well as maintaining the product portfolio in good health with respect to overall delivered quality and the raw materials supply chain.

With extensive experience optimizing high-performance advanced manufacturing operations that support the world’s top semiconductor manufacturing operations, Dr. Flanigan offers valuable insight on how big suppliers operate with Intel and each other. 

Education

  • 2000 University of Washington, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1996 University of Washington, M.S., Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1993 Howard University, B.S. Chemistry

Certifications & Awards

  • 1995 GEE/NSF Fellowship
  • 1993 Marsh Engineering Fellowship
  • 1993 American Chemical Society Certification
  • 1992 ACS of Washington Distinguished Chemist Award