Nearfield has more guts than KLA in EUV metrology

René Raaijmakers
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Hamed Sadeghian is determined to take his company Nearfield Instruments public. When he broke the news to me during a recent interview, I could hardly believe it. Having just shipped his first machine and already targetting an IPO. It sounded quite ambitious to me, and also quite intensive for someone who already combines the positions of CEO and CTO.

Sadeghian is a very driven individual. At the beginning of his studies in mechanical engineering, he decided that he could do better than his boss who was paying him a few pennies. As a 21-year-old, he started to build lifting platforms, mixers, conveyors and other heavy equipment with his first company Jahesh Poulad Co. in Iran. His outfit grew by taking on jobs that others would turn their noses up at. When he sold Jahesh at age twenty-five to do a PhD in the Netherlands, the company employed fifteen.

Somehow, Sadeghian always seems to do the right thing. Shortly after his PhD, he had the opportunity to start a company in calibration equipment. He passed on that, however, after thorough market research. Years later, when he founded Nearfield with Roland van Vliet, he had gained almost a decade of experience in the semicon market at TNO and knew the metrology needs of big players like Intel, Samsung and TSMC inside out. Contacts with machine builders also give him and his team insight into the weaknesses of equipment suppliers.

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