While traveling through America or Asia, CEO Peter Wennink often gets asked why his company ASML is practically the only one able to make those very complicated chip machines. His answer is invariably: the regional network of suppliers and research institutes. Wennink: “If someone asks me what ASML actually is, I can just say that we build machines that can make the most advanced chips. But what we really are is a collaborative knowledge network, we are the system architect that’s always on the lookout for partners who can perform certain tasks better than we can. And then we bring them together.”
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