ASM International N.V. and Shareholders Request Extension from Enterprise Court

Bilthoven, The Netherlands - 4 December 2008 -- ASM International N.V. (Nasdaq: ASMI and Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) in consultation with Hermes and Fursa today submitted a request to the Enterprise Court to further suspend the enquiry hearing scheduled for approximately 15 December 2008 to approximately 1 February 2009. The parties have proposed to the Enterprise Court that they will let the Enterprise Court know by 15 January 2009 whether such hearing should proceed or not, depending on the outcome of their discussions.
It is expected that the Enterprise Court will rule on the extension request within the next few days.
Further announcements will be made if and when appropriate.
About ASM
ASM International N.V. and its subsidiaries design and manufacture equipment and materials used to produce semiconductor devices. The company provides production solutions for wafer processing (Front-end segment) as well as assembly and packaging (Back-end segment) through facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia. ASM International's common stock trades on NASDAQ (symbol ASMI) and the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange (symbol ASM). For more information, visit ASMI's web site at
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ASM International and Shareholders request Extension from Enterprise Court