Olschner is Cyient's Site Lead for the German market and provides interesting insights into the company's plans for the Duisburg site and talent acquisition.
Your company develops chips in the automotive, medical and semiconductor industries. What distinguishes your service in particular?
Cyient develops customer-specific chips in the business unit "Semicon". We have more than 20 years of experience in chip development in Europe. These ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) are always customized, with each customer (e.g. from automotive, medical or industry) able to have their exact requirements implemented in an ASIC which has been optimized specifically for them. Our service covers the full development cycle of a chip, from the definition phase to the development and validation of the chip in the lab to production.
At the beginning of last year, you acquired the Duisburg site from Intel to set up a Development Center for semiconductor technologies. How did that come about, and why did you decide in favor of the site in NRW?
Our new location in Duisburg complements the locations in Belgium (Leuven) and in the Netherlands (Enschede). With a new location in Duisburg, we have not only taken the opportunity to gain about 30 highly qualified engineers, but also to get closer to the German market (especially the German automotive industry) and its customers.
Launching Cyient in Duisburg was unfortunately made very difficult due to the Covid-19 pandemic. How did you cope with this phase?
We have a great team at Cyient and we were welcomed warmly and integrated by them. Despite being unable to get to know most of the new colleagues in person, thanks to video conferences, a very good training plan and a high-quality development environment, we were able to contribute our experience to the ongoing projects very quickly. Of course, it also helped us a lot that at least here at the Duisburg site, all the employees had known each other for a long time due to their shared past at Intel.
Fortunately, it is quite common and also possible in our field to do a lot from the remote office anyway, so basically business could continue as usual.
What is the next step for the Development Center?
We hope that the Cyient team can meet there in person and that we can work together again in the office. This was of course restricted due to COVID-19. Thanks to increasing orders we are also in the fortunate position to be able to hire more employees. Vacant positions can be found here.
Naturally, we also hope that other technological companies will settle at the location and that our network can be expanded even further.
There is a shortage of skilled workers in many places. How will you manage to retain talent?
At Cyient we offer very interesting jobs as part of innovative projects. Our semiconductor team is highly qualified and highly motivated, and there are good development opportunities within this team as well as in the global Cyient team. We are an international and also very diverse team, integrity and respect are our integral values. And that is how we hope to attract and also retain talent in the future.