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ASML has opened a new Global EUV Training Center in Taiwan to train 360 EUV Engineers annually to work in the EUV sector.

The new 1.625-square-meter EUV training center in the Tainan Science Park will offer training courses for EUV (extreme ultraviolet) Engineers, including operating EUV machines in the cleanroom. ASML expects to train 360 EUV technicians each year for both internal and customer purposes.

It takes 18 months to train a EUV Engineer from a beginner to a full-fledged independent employee. The corona crisis has increased the uncertainties regarding travel. The EUV training center enables ASML to train EUV Engineers locally in a safe and cost-effective way now that the corona crisis makes it difficult to travel.

“By placing our Global EUV Technology Training Center in Asia where EUV systems will continue to be installed, we expect to achieve significant savings in both time and money to bring EUV knowledge to those who need it,” says Wayne Allan, executive vice president of ASML Global Customer Support.

“We thank the Tainan Science Park Administration, the government and our customers for their support in helping us to establish this new EUV training center to serve the semiconductor industry,” says Mark Ting, manager of ASML Taiwan.

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ASML is one of the most important tech companies in the chip sector. The company is a pioneer when it comes to EUV. The company shipped the first prototype of the EUV lithography system to TSMC in 2010 and the first production system, the TWINSCAN NXE:3400, shipped in 2017. ASML also already has a EUV training center in South Korea.