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Societas Europaea
Industry Semiconductor industry
Founded 1983
Headquarters Herzogenrath, Germany
Key people
Kim Schindelhauer (Chairman of the supervisory board), Martin Goetzeler (President and CEO)
Products Metalorganic chemical vapour deposition equipment
Revenue 193.8 million (2014)[1]
€-58.3 million (2014)[1]
Profit €-62.5 million (2014)[1]
Total assets €533.5 million (end 2014)[1]
Total equity €415.7 million (end 2014)[1]
Number of employees
789 (end 2014)[1]

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.[2] The company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange's now-defunct Neuer Markt, in November 1997.[3] 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.[4][5]

The company completed a €118 million merger with American rival Genus, Inc. in March 2005[6] and bought British nanomaterial developer Nanoinstruments Ltd., a company spun out from the University of Cambridge, in 2007.[7]

In December 2010 the company converted from a German Aktiengesellschaft to a Societas Europaea to reflect its European and international nature.


83% of AIXTRON's revenues come from clients in Asia, with around 13% coming from Europe and the remainder from the United States.[1] 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.[8]

Many AIXTRON systems use a "planetary reactor" process whereby gaseous semiconductor substances are deposited on revolving wafers,[9] while others utilise a Close Coupled "shower head" method of deposition.

Manufacturing sites are located in Herzogenrath near Aachen in Germany, Cambridge in the United kingdom, and Sunnyvale, California, USA.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Annual Report 2014" (PDF). Aixtron. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Double decade anniversary". III-Vs Review (Elsevier Science) 16 (6): 32. August 2003. doi:10.1016/S0961-1290(03)00782-8. 
  3. ^ Elston, Julie Ann (June 2002). "An Examination of the Relationship Between Firm Size, Growth and Liquidity in the Neuer Markt" (PDF). Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies (Economic Research Centre of the Deutsche Bundesbank) 2002 (15). Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  4. ^ "AIXTRON acquires Thomas Swan's Scientific Equipment Division" (Press release). Aixtron. September 1999. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  5. ^ "AIXTRON acquires a 70% interest in Swedish CVD equipment manufacturer EPIGRESS" (Press release). Aixtron. October 1999. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  6. ^ Brandt, Nadja (31 March 2005). "Aixtron Says Business Climate to Remain Difficult in 2005". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  7. ^ "Aixtron acquires UK co Nanoinstruments for undisclosed amount". AFX News (Forbes). 8 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Product Overview". Aixtron. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  9. ^ "Hoover's Profile: Aixtron Aktiengesellschaft". Hoover's. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 

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