Semikron is a German-based independent manufacturer of power semiconductor components. The company was founded by in 1951 Dr. Friedrich Josef Martin in Nuremberg. In 2019, the company has a staff of more than 3,000 people in 25 subsidiaries (world-wide) with production sites in Germany, Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Slovakia and the USA. Semikron is a provider of integrated circuits, discrete semiconductors, transistor, diode and thyristor power modules, power assemblies and systems for markets such as industrial drives, wind and solar, hybrid and electric vehicles, the rail industry and power supplies. According to a survey carried out by BTM Consult ApS, the total wind power capacity installed until 2009 was 122 gigawatts. Out of this, 57 gigawatts comprises power semiconductors from Semikron.