Garrelt Duin, North Rhine Westphalia’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, SMEs and Trade, Ulla Schmidt, Vice-President of the German Bundestag, Christoph von den Driesch, Mayor of Herzogenrath, and Eva-Maria Voigt-Küppers and Karl Schultheis, both members of the NRW State Parliament, visited the headquarters of AIXTRON SE (FSE: AIXA), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of deposition systems for the semiconductor industry, in Herzogenrath near Aachen on Friday.
In talks with the Executive Board and the Works Council, the Minister informed himself about the company’s current situation and its trailblazing semiconductor production technologies, such as MOCVD (Metal Organic Vapor Phase Deposition). These enable high-performance components to be manufactured for future and existing next-generation applications in entertainment electronics, e-mobility, data communications, and telecommunications. During their tour of the company, the politicians inspected the award-winning MOCVD system AIX G5+ C and the demonstration system for manufacturing organic LEDs. These play a key role in the production of OLED televisions, displays and new lighting solutions.
Minister Duin was impressed by AIXTRON’s technology and its approach to research and development. “North Rhine-Westphalia can be proud to be home to this key technology player. It is crucial for NRW and the Aachen region that companies with this degree of innovation should have the best possible conditions in which to develop. We will therefore uphold our efforts to sustainably boost NRW as a place to do business and safeguard our growth, jobs, and prosperity for the future as well.”
Martin Goetzeler, CEO of AIXTRON SE, welcomed the Minister’s visit: “Our technology portfolio is facilitating the development of numerous future applications in electro-mobility, energy management, and data communications. We aim to develop these technologies further in future as well. To support the company’s sustainable success, close liaison with political decision makers on all levels is indispensable, as is their backing for us.”
“We were delighted to meet Minister Duin and his colleagues on federal, state, and municipal levels today, to provide them with some insights into our forward-looking technologies, and enable them to form their own impression of our systems”, commented Dr. Bernd Schulte, Executive Board member and Chief Operating Officer at AIXTRON SE.