ASM was founded in 1968 during the birth of the semiconductor industry and is Headquartered in Almere, The Netherlands. Since this time, they have been coming up with new ways for manufacturers to make microchips smaller, cheaper and more powerful. The scale of their work might be microscopic but the results are enormous. ASM starts by connecting atoms and end up connecting the world, supporting advances in communications, entertainment, energy, transport and medicine. The company which employs over 2000 people had net sales last year of EUR 1.3 billion with a gross profit of EUR 157 million.
ASM has a proven track record of innovation that spans a wide range of technologies which have become standard among the top semiconductor manufacturers in the world. Using these technologies enables them to create semiconductors the size of a thumbnail, today, that are more powerful than computers the size of a small car were a few decades ago. Progress has been fast and the pace unrelenting so their ability to bring innovations from R&D into volume manufacturing is as sought after now as it was when they were founded.