AIXTRON SE is a German-based technology company, which specialises in manufacturing metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) equipment, for clients in the semiconductor industry. The companys shares are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with ADRs on the NASDAQ, and it is a constituent of the TecDAX index. AIXTRON was founded as a spin-out industry from RWTH Aachen University in 1983. The company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchanges now-defunct Neuer Markt, in November 1997. Since going public the company has made several acquisitions, with the Scientific Equipment Division of the British company Thomas Swan & Co. and the Swedish chemical vapor deposition equipment maker Epigress AB both purchased in 1999. The company completed a €118 million merger with American rival Genus, Inc. in March 2005 and bought British nanomaterial developer Nanoinstruments Ltd., a company spun out from the University of Cambridge, in 2007.