Fire hits ASML Berlin factory

Fire hits ASML Berlin factory

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By Nick Flaherty

“The fire was extinguished during the night and fortunately no persons were injured during this incident. At this point it is too early to make any statement on the damage or whether the incident will have any impact on the output plan for this year. It will take a few days to conduct a thorough investigation and make a full assessment,” said the company

ASML Berlin manufactures optical components for ASML’s lithography systems, including wafer tables and clamps, reticle chucks and mirror blocks. The factory came from the acquisition of Berliner Glas in 2020.

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In 2019 the company saw a hit to production after a fire at contract manufacturing supplier Prodrive BV based in Eindhoven Science Park. In March 2021, a fire at a Renesas Electronics fab in Japan hit production and contributed to the current chip shortage in the automotive industry.

In November last year, German photonics group Jenoptik bought the non-lithography elements of Berliner Glas GmbH from ASML for €300m. The deal included Berliner Glas Medical, a leading supplier of high-precision, custom optical components for the medical technology sector based in Berlin, as well as SwissOptic, a specialist in the development and manufacturing of optical components and assemblies, primarily for the medical technology, semiconductor, and metrology industries headquartered in Heerbrugg/Switzerland with a subsidiary in China.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement whereby Jenoptik will acquire the Medical Applications and SwissOptic business of Berliner Glas (part of ASML),” said Andreas Nitze, CEO of the Berliner Glas Group last October. “We are convinced that the combined businesses are well positioned to realize the potential we see for the business and will offer the best environment for its employees.”

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