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“AT&S’s involvement in China since 2001 shows that we made courageous decisions 20 years ago,” says Dr. Hannes Androsch, Chairman of the AT&S Supervisory Board. “Our foreign investments continue to contribute not only to safeguarding our jobs in Austria but also to expanding our Austrian locations, which is also shown with the investment in our R&D center in Leoben.” However, the expansion to China did not come at exactly the right time for AT&S by chance. “Our investments in China were important steps for our company. We felt the great economic and innovative potential of Asia early on,” adds Willi Dörflinger, honorary member of the supervisory board. “With the plant in Shanghai, we first brought HDI and then substrate technology to China.”
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The successful expansion has made an important contribution to the development of AT&S into a market leader with a worldwide network of customers, suppliers, and employees. “We would like to sincerely thank our customers, our suppliers, and, above all, our employees for the success of AT&S in recent years, especially in Shanghai and Chongqing,” said the two company founders and core shareholders Hannes Androsch and Willi Dörflinger.
“AT&S has been industrializing cutting-edge technologies in China for its core business areas of mobile devices and IC substrates for 20 years. Asia, especially China, will continue to make a significant contribution to achieving the sales target of 3.5 billion euros in the 2025/26 financial year, ”says AT&S CEO Andreas Gerstenmayer. In China, where AT&S already has more than 8,000 employees, they produce complex electronic components that lay the foundation for modern data processing in smartphones and computers.
The celebrations for the two anniversaries were held last week in a hybrid version, physically and virtually, so that the whole AT&S family can also participate in pandemic times. “The AT&S locations in Shanghai and Chongqing have created pioneering achievements in our industry,” said Chen-Jiang Phua, CEO of the Mobile & Substrates business unit, in his address to the employees, to whom he expressed special thanks: “Through their commitment and passion we are always able to find innovative solutions and take further growth steps.”