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AXT, Inc. Announces New Corporate Look

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AXT, Inc. (Nasdaq: AXTI), a leading manufacturer of compound semiconductor substrates, today unveiled its "new look" that includes a redesign of its logo, website and corporate materials. The rebranding effort was led by ARGUS, Strategic Communications & Design, a San Francisco-based brand design firm.

The change reflects AXT's renewed focus on quality, innovation and customer service as well as the broadening of its product offering that now includes a wide variety of compound semiconductor substrates and a full suite of raw material products.

"In the past year, AXT has made a number of important changes to the structure and focus of our organization in order to improve our performance, expand our product offering and better serve our customer base," said Phil Yin, chief executive officer. "These changes have allowed us to greatly strengthen our efforts in the areas of quality and customer care and to renew the tradition of innovation that has been a hallmark of our company for the past 20 years. AXT was the first to commercialize VGF technology, the technology that has become the industry standard. Our commitment, reflected in our new logo, is to provide the gold standard in compound semiconductor products that support a wide array of applications and customer requirements. We are proud to unveil our new look and we wish to thank ARGUS for their excellent work in articulating our mission statement through visually powerful designs."

AXT's new website, launched today at, features expanded corporate and product information as well as an online product ordering tool and a customer satisfaction survey.

"One of our key focus areas in creating the new website was to provide our current and prospective customers with a user-friendly tool to match their design specifications to our extensive product offering," said John J. Cerilli, vice president, global sales and marketing. "We believe that this tool will allow us to quickly respond to inquiries and assess customer needs. We are also very pleased to introduce our satisfaction survey so that we can continue to improve upon our customer care program."

About AXT, Inc.

AXT designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance compound and single element semiconductor substrates comprising gallium arsenide (GaAs), indium phosphide (InP) and germanium (Ge). The company's substrate products are used primarily in lighting display applications, wireless communications, and fiber optic communications. Its vertical gradient freeze (VGF) technique for manufacturing semiconductor substrates provides significant benefits over other methods and enabled AXT to become a leading manufacturer of such substrates, particularly in optoelectronics applications. AXT has manufacturing facilities in China and invests in five joint ventures producing raw materials. For more information, see AXT's website at . The company can also be reached at 4281 Technology Drive, Fremont, California 94538 or by calling 510-683-5900. AXT is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol AXTI.

About ARGUS, Strategic Communication & Design

ARGUS is an internationally recognized, fully integrated brand design firm. With over 15 years of experience, ARGUS bases its work on a firm understanding of its client's needs and consistently delivers on its promise to express its client's value proposition through unique, clear and thought-provoking communications. No matter what form the final product takes -- from print to interactive, packaging to exhibit -- it all begins with a defined message. ARGUS helps clients by interpreting complex information, distilling the big idea and managing the execution of integrated solutions that provide value to the organization. For more information please call 415-247-2800 or go to The company can also be reached at 531 Howard Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94121.

CONTACT: John J. Cerilli, Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, of AXT, Inc., +1-510-683-5900; or Leslie Green of Stapleton Communications Inc., +1-650-470-0200, for AXT, Inc.
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02/14/2006 08:55 EST