Berliner Glas Group is taken over by semiconductor group ASML
ASML, the Dutch manufacturer of lithography systems for microchip production, is taking over Berliner Glas KGaA, including all its locations. The company thereby acquires competencies in Deep Ultraviolet Lithography (DUV, 193 nm wavelength) and Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV, 13.5 nm), among others, which fits into ASML's product strategy. The management of the Berliner Glas Group will continue to lead the company. Also the Contact persons for customers and suppliers remain the same. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
ASML wants to keep Berliner Glas Group as a whole
"The combination of the technology and capabilities of the Berliner Glas Group and the size of ASML in both R&D and manufacturing will support the further development and roll-out of future EUV systems", comments Frits van Hout, Chief Strategy Officer at ASML. He adds: "In this transaction ASML is also acquiring businesses that serve other industries. We intend to manage the Berliner Glas Group in such a way that these divisions can continue to focus on offering competitive products to their customers that are tailored to their needs".
The Berliner Glas Group with more than 1,600 employees is one of the world's leading suppliers of key optical components, assemblies and systems, high-quality processed technical glass and glass touch assemblies. With an understanding of optical systems and optical manufacturing technology, the Berliner Glas Group develops, manufactures and integrates optics, mechanics and electronics into innovative system solutions for its customers. These solutions are used worldwide in the semiconductor industry, laser and space technology, medical technology, measurement technology and the display industry.
With a turnover of 11.8 billion euros (2019), ASML is the market leader for lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. Founded in 1984, the company employs more than 24,000 people and maintains over 60 locations in 16 countries.