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What is ASML's vision?

Our vision is to enable affordable microelectronics that improve the quality of life. 

What is ASML's mission?

Our mission is to invent, develop, manufacture and service advanced technology for high-tech lithography, metrology and software solutions for the semiconductor industry. ASML's guiding principle is continuing Moore's Law towards ever smaller, cheaper, more powerful and energy-efficient semiconductors. 

What is ASML's strategy?


We are a focused supplier of equipment to IC manufacturers, providing high-performance lithography, metrology and software solutions that enable our customers to continue the feature shrink that underpins Moore's Law in a cost-effective way. Where there is a compelling customer benefit and industrial logic, we may expand into adjacent markets serving IC manufacturers. Finally, with a view to the future, we will explore areas outside of IC or lithography where we can apply our strengths in creating advanced systems that are geared for high throughput, reliable operation and extreme accuracy. To realize this, we focus our internal efforts on technology leadership, strong customer and supplier relationships, and great people. This is complemented with showing responsible behavior as a prerequisite in executing our strategy.

What is ASML's global presence?

We are a multinational company with over 70 locations in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We employ more than 14,000 people on payroll and flexible contracts (expressed in full time equivalents). ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML. 

How does ASML try to accomplish this?

ASML provides semiconductor manufacturers (chip makers) with highly-advanced imaging tools (lithography systems) that make the smallest, most advanced and cost-effectively produced electronic chips. These chips, or integrated circuits, are used in most computers, TV and hi-fi systems, mobile phones, MP3 players, cameras, banking cards and automotive control systems. In fact, they are at the heart of most electronic equipment used in the home, the office and on the move.

How important is lithography in chip production?

Lithography is arguably the most important and critical part of the chip production process:

  • it determines how much circuitry can be packed onto a chip — controlling the size and shape of all chip components, connections and contacts
  • it is used in making every layer of the chip — typically, that’s about 30 steps to selectively grow, modify and etch out the features in every chip.
Where are your R&D facilities located?
Our main research and manufacturing sites are in Veldhoven (the Netherlands), Wilton (Connecticut), San Diego (California) and at our ASML Center of Excellence in Linkou (Taiwan). We cooperate closely with independent research labs at IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) and the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) in Amsterdam, as well as a number of universities at research institutes. As a system integrator with a value sourcing strategy, we also rely on a network of key suppliers such as Carl Zeiss to conduct research in their own fields of expertise.
What differentiates ASML from other companies?
A strategy to invest heavily in R&D, striving for the most advanced lithography technology and products. Consequently, our imaging tools — wafer scanners and wafer steppers — are world class in terms of their ability to print layers of incredibly small patterns (with the smallest possible ‘Critical Dimension’) at high speed (productivity) exactly on top of each other (overlay accuracy).
What does ASML do to protect its intellectual property?
In a high-tech company like ASML, innovation is our lifeblood. So applying IP protection, like patents, for inventions that make us successful is vital for our future success. Patents preserve investments and ensure freedom to operate, creating leverage to negotiate deals and vigorously defend lawsuits. ASML has an enormous patent portfolio (>10,000 worldwide).
Do you sponsor events and support charities?

ASML sponsors many local and global activities. The goals are to promote technology to young people, support the communities where we are located, strengthen our employer brand and promote our company values.
We focus on sponsoring culture, education, community support and charity.

Separate from ASML, the ASML Foundation is an independent organization set up to finance education and other worthwhile activities worldwide, to improve the quality of life of children and the underprivileged. 

Contact: sponsoring@asml.com

When was the company established and what do the letters ASML stand for?
ASML was founded in the Netherlands in 1984. It started as a joint venture between two Dutch companies: Royal Philips Electronics and Advanced Semiconductor Materials International (ASMI). It was named ASM Lithography to complement ASM International’s subsidiary companies, which had similar names and also served the semiconductor industry. In 1988, ASM International withdrew from the partnership but the company was too young to change names, so it continued as ASM Lithography. After floatation as an independent company, ‘ASML’ became well known and became the official company name, so ‘ASM Lithography’ is no longer used.
Is it possible to visit ASML?
For ASML’s headquarters at Veldhoven, the Netherlands, we organize visits for specific groups to minimize interruptions to business. In line with the type of group (press, analysts, students, etc.), requests will be passed on to the appropriate department for consideration. Please contact us through this form, stating the purpose of the visit, when you would like to come and the estimated size of the group.

For all other locations, please call or email the appropriate regional office.

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