|Traded as||FWB: AIXA, NASDAQ: AIXG|
|Key people||Kim Schindelhauer (Chairman of the supervisory board), Martin Goetzeler (President and CEO)|
|Products||Metalorganic chemical vapour deposition equipment|
|Revenue||€783.8 million (2010)|
|Operating income||€275.5 million (2010)|
|Profit||€192.5 million (2010)|
|Total assets||€823.4 million (end 2010)|
|Total equity||€600.3 million (end 2010)|
|Employees||780 (end 2010)|
AIXTRON SE is a German-based technology company, which specialises in manufacturing metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) equipment, for clients in the semiconductor industry. The company's shares are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with ADRs on the NASDAQ, and it is a constituent of the TecDAX index.
AIXTRON was founded as a spin-out industry from RWTH Aachen University in 1983. The company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange's now-defunct Neuer Markt, in November 1997. Since going public the company has made several acquisitions, with the Scientific Equipment Division of the British company Thomas Swan & Co. and the Swedish chemical vapor deposition equipment maker Epigress AB both purchased in 1999.
The company completed a €118 million merger with American rival Genus, Inc. in March 2005 and bought British nanomaterial developer Nanoinstruments Ltd., a company spun out from the University of Cambridge, in 2007.
91% of AIXTRON's revenues come from clients in Asia, with around 4% coming from Europe and the remainder from the United States. The company produces metalorganic chemical vapour deposition equipment, used for making a range of electronic and opto-electronic products containing compound, organic and silicon-based semiconductors as well as nanotubes and nanofibers.
Many AIXTRON systems use a "planetary reactor" process whereby gaseous semiconductor substances are deposited on revolving wafers, while others utilise a close coupled "shower head" method of deposition.
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