Our incredible APAC journey of 30 years started with a phone call!
Juergen Giesmann (the salesman), Helmut Laub (the project manager and systems engineer), and Dr. Rudolf Simon (the technologist) from Exyte (then known as M+W group) were anxiously waiting for the decision. There were no cell phones back then and the team was huddled around the telephone in the hotel room. A day before, they had made a presentation to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to pitch for the setup of a semiconductor plant equipped with a cleanroom. Till then, there was a popular perception that only the Japanese could do this. But the team took on the challenge and decided to travel to Asia.
Finally, the phone rang and Klaus Wiemer, then TSMC’s COO, called to award the project to M+W. They were mighty impressed by the team’s technical expertise, agility to adapt and confidence.
And the rest as they say, is history!
The successful delivery of TSMC project set the tone for us in the region. At the end of 2018, we generated sales of € 3.5 billion globally with APAC contributing over 50% of the pie. We have built and nurtured long lasting relationships with our clients across Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Mainland China. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), our first client in APAC, continues to collaborate with us to this day!
Today, we operate across Asia offering the full spectrum of services from consulting, design, engineering, construction to validation and qualification. 3000 employees (of our global strength of 5600) reside in Asia. Our common principles and values guide our decisions and ensure that we are focused on solving our clients' most complex problems in the way we work.
Dr. Wolfgang Büchele, CEO, Exyte AG reflects on our achievements, “We will continue to invest in APAC in order to support our customers and to strengthen our excellent market position and achieve our ambitious goals. We are doing this by combining our international reputation and our aspiration to be a “local company”.