ASML Reports Fire At Its Berlin Factory

ASML reports fire at its Berlin factory

A fire has been reported at a factory owned by ASML Holding NV in Berlin, Germany, the company said Monday. Nobody was injured and it is too early to tell the impact of the blaze on the company’s operations.

It currently operates at full capacity because of a global shortage of semiconductors. ASML is a key equipment supplier to all of the major computer chip manufacturers. Customers trying to expand capacity would be adversely affected by shipment delays.

ASML manufactures components for large lithography systems used to create circuitry for computer chips in the factory, the former Berliner Glas. A statement from ASML says that Berlin Glas makes “wafer tables, reticle chucks, and mirror blocks.”

According to ASML, it is too early to make any judgments about any impact on output plans for this year or the damage that was sustained, but the company said it would assess the damage over several days and provide updates as soon as possible.

Berliner Glas, a former ASML supplier, was acquired by the company for an undisclosed sum in 2020. Its sales totaled 230 million euros (about $261 million).

As of 1349 GMT, shares were down about 0.3% at 704.4 euros, from about 1% higher just before news was announced.

($1 = 0.8812 euros)

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