ASML: the unknown giant




ASML: the unknown giant


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ASML is perhaps the biggest tech company in the Netherlands and managed in recent years as one of the few companies to avoid the crisis. The company’s North Brabant Veldhoven growing dramatically, thanks billion investment from Intel and Samsung. How often ASML also in the news, this global player seems to be. Completely unknown to the average consumer However, the company largely determines the technological steps that are put on computers, tablets and smartphones.

ASML develops extreme complex machines that chip manufacturers can make for our electronics. ASML systems are used in the most awkward part of the chip production: applying patterns silicumschijven. And that happens a lot. Since 2012 ASML let her do most customers co-investments. So took the company from Veldhoven in a short period of billions of euros. That funds were invested to develop the successors of the current lithography technologies and thus to keep. Moore’s Law The dependence of chip manufacturers and suppliers is mutually therefore very large. Despite all efforts to work on technological progress along it seems difficult to some big steps. So it still failed to make what would make. Produce chips cheaper silicumschijven the switch to the larger size 450 millimeters The successor to the current lithography techniques late in coming. In addition, ASML also highly dependent on suppliers. Many components of the ASML systems originate from other parties. In the development of the systems ASML works so closely with its customers to bring the technology. To the next stage Yet those customers themselves again huge, big competitors. Conflicts of interest thus seem to lie. Lurking

ASML may well have its headquarters in the Netherlands, the largest market is Asia, where most of the chips are produced. ASML has therefore been set up branch offices in Korea and Taiwan, but the large and vulnerable machines themselves are still flown in from the Netherlands. Yet there is little chance that ASML will leave the Netherlands. The small town of Veldhoven in recent years thanks to ASML become the beating heart of the tech industry. Boundaries are shifted and made investments that almost no other Dutch company can afford. In 2013 alone, Philips had more budget for research and development. And in the coming years has ASML billions to do further research.

It can go fast. In 2009, ASML was still in financial trouble and was forced to a large part of its staff out on the street. Now there is a lot of money has become available, the chimney smokes like never before, and there seems no end to the growth. Yet it is very exciting times for ASML: the company is in the midst of a transition to a new lithography technique. And the company can actually meet the high expectations of customers like Samsung and Intel?

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