ASML, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making lithography equipment for the computer industry, is growing in Wilton and has sub-leased office space at the former Sun Products offices while it applies to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a special permit to build more space and parking.

Company General Manager Bill Amalfitano confirmed that ASML has sub-leased 60 Danbury Road until August 2019.

“We plan to use this space to move people from 77 Danbury Road to 60 Danbury Road while the renovations are occurring at 77 Danbury Road,” Amalfitano said.

The company will move 250 employees, including 200 engineering, development and organization workers, and 40 support people, he said. “It gives us the swing space so we can take major blocks of our building and give it a modern, updated look, and have the look and feel of ASML buildings we’re upgrading throughout the world.”

The timing of the Sun Products move to Stamford last year worked out well for ASML. “That’s about the size we needed to occupy, off-site. It’s right across the street and was the right amount of space,” he said.

The process of moving employees will take place at the end of this month. Henkel, which owns Sun Products, maker of laundry products, moved its operations to the Henkel campus in Stamford.  

ASML announced in October that strong demand for its Deep Ultraviolet Lithography systems, which are the workhorse of the computer chip lithography industry, and its Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography systems, to print on wafers or even smaller objects, is driving the growth as shipments continue to ramp up in support of customer plans.

The company now employs more than 1,200 in Wilton at 77 Danbury Road. It will add several hundred more employees over the next couple of years, according to  Amalfitano, who runs the development and manufacturing center.

ASML will accomodate that employee growth with the requested permission for 45,345 square feet of new building space, and an additional fourth level on its three-decker parking garage previously approved but never built at the facility.