ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML employs more than 14,000 people.
Our organizational structure is designed around our mission to invent and develop high-tech lithography machines for the semiconductor industry, guided by continuing Moore's Law towards ever smaller, cheaper, more powerful and energy-efficient semiconductors that drive our customers' competitiveness.
We are organized in three main business lines – Deep Ultraviolet (DUV) scanners, Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) scanners and Applications. The business lines are supported by a number of business functions, such as Research and Development, Sales, Operations and Sourcing.
We develop systems years in advance and work very closely with customers on product development and specifications. This is a complex process that requires close cooperation across a number of highly skilled disciplines. Below we have highlighted some of the many teams that are involved in designing a product and bringing it to market.
Focusing on the challenges our customers face and the problems they need solved, the Product Management team defines and markets new products. A product may be created in response to customers’ needs, or as a result of a technology idea that the Product Management team refines.
Research & Development
More than 5,000 engineers – from fields as diverse as physics, microelectronics, chemistry and aerospace materials engineering – work together with one goal in mind: to create a better lithography machine that will help our customers make smaller, more powerful and more energy-efficient chips.
The large majority of engineers at ASML work in Development and Engineering, which is focused on a concrete product. A smaller group works in Research, which explores future technology options with the help of a large network of universities, research institutes and technology partners.
Corporate Intellectual Property
We are fiercely proud of the creativity of our engineers, which is why the Corporate Intellectual Property team acts as guardian of their inventions, patenting them to protect against unauthorized use and making sure that a competitive advantage remains one.
Manufacturing a lithography system is a complex process. With thousands of parts, most of them made by suppliers, the Sourcing team manages long-term relationships, and ensures the parts arrive at our assembly sites on time, in the right quantities and according to specifications.
The cleanroom is where the work of our various departments really comes together and a lithography system is assembled – a machine that will prove daily that speed and accuracy are not mutually exclusive. Speed and accuracy are also the qualities that describe the Manufacturing team: customers want their systems fast, but for a tool to operate with nanometer accuracy, it has to be assembled, adjusted and tested with diligence and care.
Transport Planning and Control
Shipping 40 tons of delicate lithography equipment halfway around the world – it’s all in a day’s work for Transport Planning and Control. The team not only arranges for the custom-made, air-conditioned containers holding the lithography machines to be transported by plane and truck, they also ensure the precious cargo is handled with care and not held up at customs.
Hundreds of our engineers worldwide are dedicated to a simple goal: making sure that the lithography systems in our customers’ fabs run flawlessly, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the field and in Global Support Centers on three continents, they aim to detect problems before they can impact production. If a machine does go down, our specialists work together around the clock to get it back online as fast as possible.
We have established 50 spare parts centers worldwide to make sure that parts are available to customers within hours. We can ship a part to an engineer in the field at a moment’s notice – usually from a spare parts center in the same country or region, minimizing machine downtime.
When university graduates join the company, they need a minimum of six to twelve months to get up to speed with our technology. The Training team helps new recruits acquire the necessary knowledge and offers experienced engineers opportunities to stay current with changing technology.
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