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AXT, Inc. Appoints John J. Cerilli as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AXT, Inc. (Nasdaq: AXTI), a leading manufacturer of compound semiconductor substrates, today announced that it has appointed John J. Cerilli as vice president of global sales and marketing, effective August 29, 2005.

Cerilli comes to AXT with more than 29 years of semiconductor experience in a variety of areas including marketing research services, new business development, capital equipment sales, customer service, wafer fab operations, technical recruiting and training. Most recently, he was director of sales and marketing for Aixtron-AG, the world's largest MOCVD equipment supplier, where he managed the sales activities in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China. Prior to Aixtron, Cerilli held executive level sales and marketing positions at Semico Research Corp., Speedfam-IPEC and Cahners-In-Stat.

Cerilli received his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Phoenix and Marist College, respectively.

"One of our key areas of focus is to strengthen our sales efforts both domestically and internationally and to explore additional opportunities that may exist both within our current customer base and with new customers," said Phil Yin, chief executive officer. "As such, I am thrilled to welcome John to AXT. I have known him for many years and I believe that his experience, knowledge of the industry and extensive contacts will drive AXT's revenue growth and help the company to regain its former position as a leader in the compound semiconductor substrate market."

About AXT, Inc.

AXT is a leading producer of high-performance compound semiconductor substrates for the fiber optics and communications industries. The company's proprietary Vertical Gradient freeze (VGF) crystal growth technology produces low-defect, semi-insulating and semi-conducting gallium arsenide, indium phosphide and germanium wafers. 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.

Safe Harbor Statement

The foregoing paragraphs contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal Securities laws, including statements related to our revenue growth and ability to regain our former position as a leader in the market. These forward-looking statements are based upon specific assumptions that are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to the company's operations and business environment that could cause actual results of the company to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements contained in the foregoing discussion. Such uncertainties and factors include: our ability to increase sales and market share and maintain product quality improvements, our ability to recruit new qualified staff, overall conditions in the markets in which we compete and competitive pressures, including pricing pressures, within those markets, market acceptance and demand for our products, and other factors as set forth in the company's Form 10-K and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are difficult to predict and some of which are beyond the company's control. The company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Wilson W. Cheung, Chief Financial Officer of AXT, Inc., +1-510-683-5900; or Leslie Green of Stapleton Communications, +1-650-470-0200, for AXT, Inc.
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08/29/2005 10:00 EDT