ASML to Establish New Technical Support Base in Japan Amid Semiconductor Demand Surge
ASML’s New Base and Its Role in the Semiconductor Industry
ASML, the Dutch semiconductor manufacturing equipment giant, plans to establish a new technical support base in Hokkaido by the second half of 2024. The move is part of ASML’s effort to assist in the establishment and maintenance of Lapis Semiconductor’s factory, which aims to mass-produce state-of-the-art semiconductors. The company plans to increase its domestic personnel by 40% by around 2028.
ASML is the world’s leading manufacturer of lithography machines, which are a crucial part of semiconductor production. It is the only company globally that handles the manufacturing of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography machines. These EUV lithography machines are key to the mass production of next-generation semiconductors.
The Geopolitical Factors Influencing ASML’s Move
The company’s decision to set up a new base in Japan comes amid a rise in geopolitical risk in East Asia, due to tensions between the U.S. and China. This move is part of a broader trend of overseas companies establishing bases in Japan. ASML plans to support Lapis Semiconductor’s factory establishment and maintenance inspections. The company’s technical support base in Hokkaido will be the first of its kind in Japan, and the company aims to enhance its support system for customers in East Asia.
Responding to the Semiconductor Shortage
In response to the semiconductor shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, several countries, including Japan, are accelerating their efforts to secure a stable supply of semiconductors. Japan plans to support the domestic production of semiconductors by providing subsidies for the construction of factories.
Contributing to the Development of Japan’s Semiconductor Industry
ASML’s new base in Hokkaido is expected to contribute to the development of Japan’s semiconductor industry and the stable supply of semiconductors. It also signifies the company’s commitment to enhancing its customer support system in East Asia.
ASML’s decision to establish a technical support base in Hokkaido comes amid a broader trend of overseas companies setting up bases in Japan due to increased geopolitical risk in East Asia. This move is expected to boost Japan’s semiconductor industry and ensure a stable supply of semiconductors. It also illustrates ASML’s commitment to improving its customer support system in the region.
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