The Lithographer (TL): Steffen, thank you for finding the time to talk about the MLA series. And congratulations for the launch of the MLA300 and your new role in the company! By the way, how did you begin at Heidelberg Instruments?
Steffen Diez (SD): Thanks a lot. I started at Heidelberg Instruments in 2000 as a software engineer. We were only around 30 people at that time and the business was just starting to pick up. Over the years, I had the chance to look into almost every part of our company. I worked in Research and Development (R&D), led several projects, did benchmarking and customer demonstrations, and then switched to Technical Sales and Product Management. In 2012, after one-year stay in Japan, I was invited to join the Technical Board, a group of experts managing all technical aspects of our company. This was when we decided to develop the first Maskless Aligner (MLA150). A few years later, in 2017, I joined the executive team of Heidelberg Instruments together with Martin Wijnaendts and Konrad Roessler. After a recent Heidelberg Instruments restructuring, I am now the Chief of Operations.