Sustainable innovation for AT&S and its customers
The electronics industry is characterised by ongoing rapid development and regular technological breakthroughs. AT&S customers are among the market leaders in their respective sectors. They expect our products and processes to meet the very highest standards and be flexible enough to keep up with the rapid pace of innovation in the industry.
Our own focus on R&D means that we are constantly developing our technology to ensure that customers can always see their ideas take shape as effectively as possible. Since the very founding of AT&S, we have proven that bold investment in R&D pays off. We value sustainable concepts highly and use the latest technologies to reduce the environmental footprint of our own group and our partner companies.
Whether in technology, business processes or implementing environmental improvements, innovation is the driving force behind AT&S, from the initial idea right through to execution. We’re playing a key role in shaping an interconnected future.
Hannes Voraberger, Director of R&D
Faster, greener, better connected
We strive to actively shape the technology of tomorrow and offer our customers creative solutions to their technical problems. After all, that’s the only way of staying one step ahead of the competition and continuing to play a crucial role in the microelectronic revolution, and play a significant role in solving the major challenges facing our society. At the same time, powerful electronic systems are driving the digitisation and decarbonisation of the economy by opening the way for cost-effective, flexible control of a wide variety of systems: wind power plants, for example, can only be used efficiently if they are controlled intelligently. The same goes for the microchips in powerful computers, servers and mobile devices.
AT&S technology powers processors and enables communication between microchips and the other components that a computer needs.
Our printed circuit boards and substrates not only ensure rapid data processing, but also make a real contribution to keeping energy consumption as low as possible through further miniaturisation. By making the utmost demands of ourselves and our suppliers in terms of environmental responsibility, AT&S always ensures that our technological advances do not come at the expense of the environment. We take a holistic approach to the world of tomorrow. See our comprehensive concept for sustainable production, which is constantly being expanded to include more environmentally friendly materials and energy-saving infrastructure. We are proactive in ensuring that the future not only brings progress, but also remains worth living in.
As a high-tech company, we harness our expertise to keep our demand for raw materials and energy as low as possible while protecting the environment. We recycle materials, manage our water and energy consumption efficiently and will have decarbonised all of our sites by 2030. For more information about our efforts for a world worth living in, see here:
Research as a driving force
In order to maintain our status as leaders in technology and environmental responsibility, we invest 10% of our revenue in research and development of new products and processes. At present, this amounts to around €120 million per year. Our locations in Austria benefit hugely from this investment and have already seen a whole host of state-of-the-art technologies made ready for series production.
AT&S holds more than 500 patents for the manufacture of high-tech printed circuit boards and IC substrates. These innovations are responsible for a significant part of our revenue, with 21% currently derived from products and technologies that have been brought onto the market in the past three years, following a development phase of several years.
We support research inside and outside the company
Besides having a world-class in-house research department, AT&S also uses its products to drive progress in a number of different fields. For instance, our substrates are used in supercomputers and have become indispensable in many branches of science. To find out more, see here:
New R&D Centre: high tech in Austria and the rest of Europe
A new research and development centre with an attached production facility will be built at the AT&S headquarters in Leoben by 2025. Some €500 million will be invested in the construction of a new building that offers over 10,000m2 for research and production. A total of 700 new jobs will be created at the site.
The new building marks the group’s commitment to ongoing technological development and to the Leoben site itself. It will see the creation of many new products and ideas, which will continue to ensure a bright future for AT&S. The new research department will also attract expertise in the production of IC substrates to Leoben, so that Austria will once again be able to draw upon major talent in high-tech electronics and the semiconductor industry.
This is a lighthouse project for Europe, as it will be the only substrate production facility on the continent. Substrates will become even more prominent when Leoben undergoes expansion.
Data, data, data
At the epicentre of the boom in the electronics industry lies the data revolution, which has utterly transformed industry and everyday life over recent years. Increasing amounts of data are being recorded, stored and analysed in order to handle processes as efficiently as possible and enable people to access a wide variety of online services. These developments require data processing systems that consume as little energy as possible and transmit signals efficiently, while still allowing for a high degree of complexity. Whether in the automotive industry, medical technology or semiconductor production, designers and manufacturers of microelectronic systems can meet these requirements with printed circuit boards and substrates from AT&S.
Through ongoing technological development, we ensure that our circuit boards are in the top division for efficiency in terms of energy consumption and signal transmission.
We develop and optimise our products in collaboration with our customers, and now in a fully digital environment.
This not only simplifies improvements, but also the implementation of measures that reduce our environmental footprint. We share this approach with our suppliers and business partners, so together we can help shape priorities for the entire production ecosystem. We strive for the lowest consumption of resources with the highest possible miniaturisation of microelectronic systems to ensure efficient data processing and a high-speed, energy-saving signal line.
We always have the right answer
Creative technical approaches and innovation have always been the foundation for the growth and business success of AT&S. Thanks to our concentrated focus on research and development, we always come up with the right solution for technical challenges, in collaboration with our customers.
Institutes & industry partners
We stay at the forefront of technology in our industry by working together with some of the world’s most renowned research institutes, including the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, Graz University of Technology, the Montanuniversität Leoben, Silicon Austria Labs, the Indian Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech University in the USA. Through a combination of high investment and excellent research partners, we are consolidating our technological leadership and helping to initiate future breakthroughs in the electronics industry.
Promoting research: AT&S projects and collaborations
As an innovative high-tech company, AT&S is an important part of the research landscape in Austria and Europe as a whole. The high quality of our development work means that we can benefit from prestigious funding programmes and cooperate with an array of internationally renowned partners. For more information, see here:
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