Tainan, Taiwan, August 20, 2020
Today we announced the opening of our Global EUV (extreme ultraviolet) Training Center in Tainan, Taiwan. This new training center features live EUV machine modules and comprehensive training courses to train EUV engineers for its EUV customers in Asia.
Located in the Tainan Science Park, this 1,625 m2 new EUV training center will offer comprehensive training, including EUV machine operating practice in the cleanroom. Currently there are 14 trainers to provide thousands of hours of training courses per year. ASML expects to develop 360 EUV engineers for both internal and customer purposes every year.
“We thank the Tainan Science Park Administration, the government and our customers for their support in helping us to establish this new EUV training center to serve the semiconductor industry,” says Mark Ting, manager of ASML Taiwan.
“ASML is growing with the semiconductor industry and our customers,” Mark continues. “In 2010, we shipped the first prototype EUV lithography system to TSMC for R&D purposes, marking the beginning of a new era in lithography. In 2017, we shipped the first production-ready system, the TWINSCAN NXE:3400, to TSMC, and three years later, Taiwan has become home to the world’s largest EUV installed base.
“Our investment in this Global EUV Technology Training Center represents ASML’s commitment to supporting our customers in advanced node manufacturing while expanding our diversified operations in Taiwan," he concludes.
Supporting customers in a safe and cost-effective way
It takes 18 months to develop an EUV engineer from a novice to a mature engineer who can work independently. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the uncertainties related to traveling. The EUV training center enables both ASML and our customers to train EUV engineers locally in a safe and cost-effective way.
“By placing our Global EUV Technology Training Center in Asia where EUV systems will continue to be installed, we expect to achieve significant savings in both time and money to bring EUV knowledge to those who need it,” says Wayne Allan, executive vice president of ASML Global Customer Support.
ASML also has an EUV training center in South Korea, where we provide training courses to meet the growing customer demand for new EUV engineers.
About ASML Taiwan
ASML has been strongly allied with our Taiwanese customers ever since we shipped the first lithography system to Taiwan in 1988. To provide timely support to local customers, we established our Taiwanese head office in Hsinchu in 2003 and gradually expanded customer support operations to Linkou, Taichung and Tainan. ASML owns two manufacturing plants in Linkou and Tainan for system refurbishment, as well as metrology and inspection system assembly, shipment and global support. With a core focus on manufacturing and customer support, our engineers benefit from exclusive access to our industry-leading machines and customers, including TSMC. We currently employ more than 2,750 people in Taiwan and expect to grow continuously with our customers.
ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Our vision is a world in which semiconductor technology is everywhere and helps to tackle society’s toughest challenges. We contribute to this goal by creating products and services that let chipmakers define the patterns that integrated circuits are made of. We continuously raise the capabilities of our products, enabling our customers to increase the value and reduce the cost of chips. By helping to make chips cheaper and more powerful, we help to make semiconductor technology more attractive for a larger range of products and services, which in turn enables progress in fields such as healthcare, energy, mobility and entertainment. ASML is a multinational company with offices in more than 60 cities in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We employ more than 25,800 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 www.asml.com.
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