ASML obtains regulatory approvals for strengthened partnership with Zeiss

Prepares to close transaction

Press release - Veldhoven, the Netherlands, June 28, 2017

ASML Holding NV (ASML) today announces that it has obtained all necessary regulatory approvals to complete the transaction pursuant to which ASML will acquire a 24.9% minority stake in Carl Zeiss SMT, a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss AG, as announced on 3 November 2016.

ASML obtained merger clearance from the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), the Korea Fair Trade Commission and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. All conditions to close the transaction have now been fulfilled and ASML expects to close the transaction before the end of the second quarter of 2017.

About ASML
ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Our vision is to enable affordable microelectronics that improve the quality of life. To achieve this, 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. This results in increasingly powerful and capable electronics that enable the world to progress within a multitude of fields, including healthcare, technology, communications, energy, mobility, and entertainment. ASML is a multinational company with offices in 60 cities in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We employ more than 17,000 people on payroll and flexible contracts (expressed in full time equivalents). ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML. More information about ASML, our products and technology, and career opportunities is available on

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Contact information

  • Brittney Wolff Zatezalo
  • Corporate communications manager US
  • +14084833207