Success – Applied Materials
- Current Company Value: Around $92 Billion
While the name is not exactly the catchiest in the world, it tells you pretty much what they do. Applied Materials is a tech company known for doing a ton of different things. They make semiconductor chips for electronics and flat panel displays for computers. They also supply these chips for smartphones, televisions, and solar products. Being one of the notable Silicon Valley corporations has its benefits, as Applied Materials has worked with many companies in the area. This includes making coatings for flexible electronics and other applications. Like other successful companies before them, Applied Materials also bought out other companies.
Most of the time, they purchased companies outside the United States. This includes Etec Systems, Oramir Semiconductor Equipment Ltd, Baccini, and Varian Semiconductor. They were close to purchasing the Kokusai Electric Corporation before delays kept happening on approval from China’s regulator. AM also had plans to merge with Tokyo Electron in 2013 but this fell through in 2015 after antitrust concerns were raised. They have also been a big part of the green energy world, as they opened their Solar Technology Center in 2009. It is still the world’s largest commercial solar energy research and development facility.