Leapfrogging The Chip Equipment Heavies

Dutch-based ASM Lithography may soon lead the pack

The factory floor is spotless, and workers are dressed in clean white lab suits. Using tiny precision tools, they are assembling the boxlike machines that engrave silicon chips, the key step in semiconductor production. This is advanced microlithography, one of those tech-intensive businesses that have been a Japanese preserve for a decade. This can't be a suburb in the Netherlands, can it?

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