The company was founded in 1968 during the birth of the semiconductor industry and is headquartered in 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. In 2020, ASM continued to further enhance their leading platforms and grow the pipeline of new ALD applications. This represented more than half of their equipment revenue, contributing to a record year in terms of annual sales turnover.