Without knowing it, you’ve probably already used several products from Infineon Technologies today. The company designs and manufactures specialized semiconductors that play a vital role in the ongoing digitalization of the world around us. Infineon is the world’s second-largest supplier of automotive integrated circuits (ICs), for example. It is a leading provider of power electronics devices, used in industrial machinery, trains and electricity infrastructure. And it makes special security chips that are embedded into passports, identity cards and access control systems.
Those may appear to be niche segments, but -Infineon’s chosen niches are big and growing fast. Revenues reached €7.6 billion in 2018, up from €4.3 billion in 2014, and the company now employs just over 40,000 people worldwide. Its roots are in Germany: Infineon came into existence in 1999 when industrial conglomerate Siemens spun out its semiconductor operations. But while its HQ is still in Neubiberg near Munich, Infineon has become a truly global operation. More of its staff are now based in Asia than in Europe, for example.
Today, the company sells around 36 billion individual components every year. It manages 1.5 million separate shipments between 100 manufacturing locations, five major regional warehouses and 1,500 customer sites in 50 different countries.