Applied Materials, Inc. ( AMAT ) is the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for the semiconductor industry based in Santa Clara, California in the Silicon Valley (USA). Applied Materials was founded in 1967 by Michael A. McNeilly and others, and has been publicly traded since 1972 ( NASDAQ: AMAT ).
The company employs more than 14,000 people and in 2005 generated a profit of about 1.2 billion U.S. dollars; 2006, about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars.
Applied Materials manufactures production equipment for various manufacturing processes of semiconductor technology, including, for example, plants for the production of thin layers (eg Sputterdepositions systems). The systems are used in the manufacture of semiconductor-based products, including but not limited integrated circuits, solar cells / solar panels and organic light emitting diodes ( OLEDs). Furthermore, the company offers other systems for the production of these products, such as wafer transport and wafer Hantierungssysteme that are necessary for the largely automated production in the industry.
On July 7, 2006 Applied Materials has completed the acquisition of Applied Films (sales, 2005, approximately 200 million U.S. dollars), a company that specializes in the manufacture of production for flat panel displays, solar cells, OLEDs and coated plastics. The antitrust authority has a further takeover of rival Semi Tool Inc. ( NASDAQ: SMTL ) agreed in November 2009. The acquisition was completed in late December 2009.
After the company had withdrawn from the production of ion implanters, she took over in 2011, the market leader in implanters Varian Semiconductor, a spin-off from Varian Associates, for 4.9 billion U.S. dollars.
The announced in September 2013 merger with Tokyo Electron, the number 3, the semiconductor equipment with respect to the stock market value will lead to a Japanese-American company with a value of around 29 billion U.S. dollars.