Frits van Hout © IO

When Frits van Hout, a member of ASML’s Executive Board, looks out of the window on the 17th floor of his Veldhoven office, he can easily identify a large part of ASML’s supply chain. But what is also striking is the high level of activity, even now, at the beginning of June 2020, in the middle of the Coronacrisis. “Construction is taking place everywhere, but there is also plenty of activity within those company buildings. The high tech industry in this region has worked hard in recent weeks, albeit with a few hiccups, to keep our country going and save us from worse things. And that’s pretty much worked out.”

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