Further growth is planned for the world’s most modern center for lithography optics: the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment (SMT) plans to further expand its production potential in the industrial zone sited between the towns of Oberkochen and Königsbronn in southern Germany. A corresponding application has been submitted to the planning authority responsible. The plan includes not only the expansion of existing production areas, but also a new hall for the next generation of lithography optics with extreme ultraviolet light (EUV). This requires even higher production standards and should be available for the production of new, high-performance chips at the beginning of the next decade.
Dr. Hermann Gerlinger, Member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG and Head of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment, explains: “ZEISS is continuing to work intensively on the implementation of the innovative EUV lithography for microchip production. The positive signals coming from the market in recent months endorse our decision to already make further investments in this future-oriented technology beyond the current generation. This will make even greater demands on our technological know-how – and on our infrastructure.“
Overall, the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment will invest more than 60 million euros in the planned expansion of the lithography optics center over the upcoming years. The production areas will be expanded by around 6,000 square meters.
When integrated into wafer scanners from the Dutch customer ASML, EUV lithography optics enable the production of even more powerful microchips.
The new production areas are scheduled to be completed by 2018.
ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. The ZEISS Group develops and distributes lithography optics, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, and Vision Care / Consumer Optics. ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries and operates more than 30 production sites, over 50 sales and service locations and about 25 research and development facilities.
In fiscal year 2014/15 the company generated revenue approximating 4.5 billion euros with around 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).
Further information at www.zeiss.de/en