Getting to know Infineon

The world is changing every day, and we are all facing major challenges. The world’s population is growing rapidly and more and more mega-cities are popping up. The global demand for energy is increasing enormously, while at the same time climate change is calling for new solutions in many areas of our modern life. Here, Infineon has a clear goal in mind: To make life easier, safer and more environmentally friendly – with technology that does more, consumes less and is available for all.

Infineon at a glance

Semiconductors are small and barely noticeable, and yet they are indispensable companions of everyday life. Chips from Infineon are employed where power is efficiently generated, transferred and used. They safeguard our digital data exchange, reduce emissions from cars and will make fully autonomous driving of those cars possible.

Microelectronics from Infineon are the key to a better future.

Infineon has four business segments:

  • Automotive (ATV),
  • Industrial Power Control (IPC),
  • Power Management & Multimarket (PMM) and
  • Digital Service Solutions (DSS).
 
In the Power sector, Infineon is the market leader; in the Automotive and Smart Card ICs sectors, it is No. 2 on the world market.
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Our plans for further financial development are ambitious. “At least 17 percent return on sales, on average 8 percent annual growth and 13 percent investment rate“ – these are Infineon’s goals.
As of September 30, 2017, Infineon employed 37,479 (37,031.9 FTE) employees worldwide.

Excellence

How is it possible to meet the high demands Infineon makes on its employees? It’s easy. We focus all we do on the High Performance Behavior Model. This model translates our corporate strategy into concrete behaviors.

How do we go about our tasks, how do we make decisions and how do we work together? The High Performance Behavior Model is a guide for all employees. It shows us what ethical and practical principles to act by, and how we can achieve high performance in our daily business.

Here at Infineon, we usually work in a very practical and objective way; there’s very little politics and hierarchies don’t play a major role. I think we’re a very human company. Colleagues feel good because we cultivate an open way of dealing with each other, so you can discuss anything, including problems. The openness and transparency we’ve got in the company continually inspires me and what’s more, I see it as a key to our success.

Helmut Gassel Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
Nearly 250 top managers from around the world came to Munich to attend the “High Performance Forum 2017.” The participants refined their implementation plans in order to contribute to the achievement of their corporate goals.

Innovation

Inspired to Innovate (I2I) is an innovation platform at Infineon in India. In it, colleagues go on business trips in teams with the aim of transforming their ideas into products with the help of venture capital financing.

For technology companies like us, innovation is very important. In fact, the idea’s built right into our name: Infineon: The word is a combination of “infinite” (from the Latin, infinitus) and “eternity” (From the Greek, aeon). The name refers to our living spirit of invention that ceaselessly continues to develop.

Innovation is encouraged in all areas of our company, for example, through our commitment to diversity, and by nurturing values such as openness, trust, and freedom of thought.

In this way, we continually create space for our employees to experiment, and create incentives for them to explore uncharted territory.

As a leading chip manufacturer for driver assistance systems, Infineon consistently continues its innovation course. The acquisition of the Dutch start-up Innoluce was an important step for Infineon in the lidar technology. We will offer chip components for lidar systems, which will be considerably smaller, cheaper and more robust than today’s systems.

Next to radar and camera, lidar belongs to the most important sensor technologies in the security cocoon for self-driving cars. Our goal is to make lidar a cost-effective option for every newly built car in the world.

Peter Schiefer President Automotive Division

Industry 4.0

When it comes to preparing the world for the future of work, Infineon is paving the way. Because when it comes to the integration of modern information and communication technology in networked systems, our chips have to be there. They allow human beings, machines, equipment and products to communicate with each other. Industry 4.0 is the industry of the future.


For Infineon, this means increased automation in manufacturing, but this also requires digitization of all our processes, from development to human resources. But at the same time, the human factor here will also be crucial, because Industry 4.0 will heavily depend on education and expertise. That is why Infineon has launched several initiatives such as collaborations with industry partners and universities.

In Austria Infineon is taking a lead role in the field of Industry 4.0. A key issue for Industry 4.0 there is the education and training at all levels. Even apprenticeship training is complemented by an increasing number of aspects related to digitization and the resulting requirements. For instance, there is now an “Industry 4.0 learning factory” from the Festo company available to our 49 apprentices at the St. Andrä Technical Academy as part of their training. There, the future Infineon employees learn about combining the elements from the real world of production with those from the virtual world of ICT.

More than 100 partners from 19 European countries are working together on the project, “Productive 4.0” – the largest European research initiative to date in the field of Industry 4.0. Infineon is coordinating this initiative. The aim of the project is to create a user platform across value chains and industries, that especially promotes the digital networking of manufacturing companies, production machines and products. “Real-time connected value chains will dramatically increase agility in development and production. They will thus help shorten time to market,” said Reinhard Ploss, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), in his speech at the kick-off event in Dresden.

From product thinking to system understanding: P2S

P2S is an essential element of our corporate strategy. The focus is on creating added value for the customer by seeking a comprehensive understanding of him, his interests and his environment. Because these days, “merely” technological unique selling points offer fewer and fewer competitive advantages.


To understand P2S, imagine the following scenario. A customer comes to Infineon and asks for a particular product with very specific functionalities. If we fully understand the system thinking, then we can understand what the customer really needs and can help him much more effectively with other products or solutions. That’s why we have initiated an extensive communication and training program here within our P2S project. We have also provided a number of targeted methodological tools to further facilitate the work.

Living P2S means actively listening to the customer, and having a willingness to learn and an openness to sometimes unconventional solutions. What fascinates me most about it is what’s possible if we, as a company and a team, succeed in combining our different skills, experiences and best products, and thereby create customer value. Especially if in the end we achieve real customer satisfaction and higher sales.

Rosina Kreutzer Project Manager „Strengthen P2S“ and Head of PMM System-to-market

Responsibility towards the environment and society

Relying on excellence and innovation is not enough. We also need to keep an eye on the environment and our society. That’s why sustainability is a top priority at Infineon – worldwide. We promote the social commitment of our employees. Our occupational health and safety management system has been officially certified. And our human resources management is based on respect and compliance with internationally accepted human rights.


Our innovative products address global societal challenges such as climate change, energy efficiency and resource management. And even in the production of our products, we always make sure that we operate in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.


For Infineon, sustainable business practice is not some distant goal. It is officially confirmed by an official body every year. For the seventh time in a row, Infineon was listed in the Sustainability Yearbook, which honors the best sustainability performance by companies per industry. This year for the first time we were included in the “Silver Class” – confirmation that we are among the most sustainable companies in the world.

With the repeated inclusion in the Sustainability Yearbook, we have proven that we not only talk about sustainability, but we live it in our daily work. With our stakeholders – customers, investors, employees, suppliers, the communities at our locations and to the authorities – we have built good relationships and work with them to develop a sustainable company.

Dominik Asam Chief Financial Officer (CFO)