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Chuck del Prado: mission accomplished?

Chuck del Prado is stepping down as CEO at ASM International, the company his father Arthur founded. Did he do him proud?

Headlines

Ebusco and Rocsys link up for automated bus depots
Applied Materials bumps ASML back to runner-up in semi equipment market
Fastned lands France and €17M for further growth
TU Delft working on smart and communicative solar cells
Chip industry to grow 6 percent, top 15 by twice as much
Imec and KU Leuven flout Tesla’s keyless entry
Plant imaging goes low code
Grai Matter Labs gets $14M boost to edge AI
Major setbacks in China’s efforts to boost chip industry
TUE turns up the heat on e-waste
FME and TNO bring together Dutch electrolyzer companies
Agfa inks deal for Clariant’s printed-electronics materials

After litho, ASML targets chip metrology market

Data is increasingly influencing ASML’s activities. Digital technologies are now essential to keep wafer fabs humming with profitable yields, but for ASML, the underlying knowledge and instruments also translate into growing business opportunities.

In other news

Why Tesla quietly acquired ML start-up Deepscale (Fortune)
The future of Windows is dual-screen (The Verge)
What Google’s quantum supremacy claim means for quantum computing (IEEE Spectrum)

The worst of both worlds

As a leader, you either adopt a new architecture, way of working or organization or you do not and instead keep things as they are. You should, however, avoid any form of compromised, design-by-committee, halfway changes like the plague.