ASML is going to set up a training center in Shanghai. Experienced ASML lithography engineers will provide the training to ASML’s customer support work force, as well as to its existing and potential customers in the Chinese Integrated Circuit industry. The engineers will be trained in operating the equipment, enhancing their skills through continuous and structured learning and knowledge management.

Shanghai Integrated Circuit Research and Development Center Ltd. (ICRD), a public research consortium dedicated to the advancement of the semiconductor industry in China, and ASML signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up this jointly-owned training center in Shanghai. Both parties also plan to explore other possible education-related collaboration models in the future.

ICRD and ASML intend to use existing ICRD cleanroom facilities and classrooms for the training center and equip it with lithography and metrology equipment provided by ASML. 

The planned location in Shanghai was chosen based on the proximity to the sites of IC manufacturers in China and the ease of travel to and from those locations, the expected cost of operation, the availability of local partners and the strong level of IC and general policy support.

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