“Market Cap $41.17 B As of May 2014
At a Glance
- Industry: Semiconductors
- Founded: 1984
- Country: Netherlands
- CEO: Peter Wennink
- Website: www.asml.com
- Employees: 10,360
- Sales: $6.96 B
- Headquarters: Veldhoven
#591 Global 2000
- #1286 in Sales
- #419 in Profit
- #1210 in Assets
- #240 in Market value
#77 Innovative Companies
ASML Holding NV produces lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. It also develops complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or chips. The company develops, integrates, markets and services advanced systems used by semiconductor manufacturers to create chips that power a wide array of electronic, communications and information technology products. ASML Holding was founded on April 1, 1984 and is headquartered in Veldhoven, Netherlands.“
“ASML Holding History
2012 – A year of new partnerships
2011 – A record year amid macro-economic uncertainty
2010 – ASML benefits from rebounding electronics demand and gadget innovation
2009 – Downturn and recovery
The financial crisis pushes countries around the globe into recession, and the world economy shrinks for the first time after decades of uninterrupted growth. The semiconductor industry is no exception, and at the start of the year, ASML must report that chip makers have all but frozen capital spending. The company reacts by cutting into costs and shedding employees, but maintains strategic spending, notably 467 million euros for Research & Development, to protect its technology leadership.Midway through the year, the chip industry is one of the first global sectors to recover, and as orders pick up, ASML is able to rehire part of the employees that were laid off earlier in the year. Underlining the robustness of its business model and its ability to deal with cyclical swings, ASML generates a positive cash flow from operations in 2009 despite a significant drop in revenue.
2008 – The immersion pool becomes an ocean
By mid 2008, ASML has an installed base of 100 immersion systems with 20 customers. The total system pool has exposed nearly 20 million wafers at a global production rate of more than 1 million wafers-per-month. ASML’s immersion systems, which were first shipped in 2004, have now become a fully-fledged manufacturing ocean.
ASML announces a new TWINSCAN™ system to extend single-patterning immersion lithography to the limit. The XT:1950i increases the performance of its immersion lithography systems by 25%, offering improved overlay, resolution and throughput. It also enables high-volume manufacturing of more powerful 38 nanometer (nm) memory and ‘32’ nm logic semiconductors.
ASML announces a new TWINSCAN platform: NXT™. The new platform brings overlay and productivity breakthroughs to power the next phase of semiconductor manufacturing: it addresses technical and economic challenges in an holistic way, enabling a more seamless adoption of double patterning.
2007 – ASML ships TWINSCAN XT:1900i
The first TWINSCAN XT:1900i is shipped — the world’s only lithography system capable of imaging features down to 36.5 nanometers on chips manufactured in volume. ASML’s 300 mm i-line systems achieve an unprecedented productivity of almost 3600 wafers-per-day for non-critical layers.
Protecting Intellectual Property is now of strategic importance and ASML celebrates the issue of its 1000th US patent.
The ASML Center of Excellence (ACE) opens in Taiwan to support Asian customers and the total workforce grows to 6400 employees.
By Q4, there are more than 60 ASML TWINSCAN immersion systems in customer fabs. Together, these have processed more than 5 million wafers using water-based immersion technology. These systems have become the de facto standard for processing the critical layers on 300 mm wafers at the 45 nm node.
2006 – ASML ships the world’s first EUV Alpha Demo Tools
*Information from Forbes.com and Asml.com
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