Rutronik and Infineon have been working closely together since 1993. At the beginning of the partnership, Infineon still operated below the semiconductor division of Siemens AG. In 1999, this was spun off and Infineon Technologies AG was founded. Only a few years later, on the 30th anniversary of Rutronik and thus the 10th anniversary of the partnership between Infineon and Rutronik, Peter Bauer, then a member of the Infineon Executive Board, said of the partnership: "Since our independence and our IPO in 2000, the cooperation has intensified. Today, Rutronik is one of our most important distributors in Europe. The important thing is that we have built up a partnership together in which everyone involved can only win."
Continuous expansion of the partnership
A lot has happened in the following years of the partnership. The franchise was continuously expanded globally. Initially in the mid-2000s to Italy, Central, and Eastern Europe, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal as well as South Africa. By the end of the decade, Northern Europe, Austria, and Turkey had also been added.
In addition to the product portfolio already available from Infineon's Industrial Business Area, IGBT, thyristor and diode modules were added to Rutronik's Europe-wide product range in 2014. Following Infineon's acquisition of the US company International Rectifier, Rutronik's portfolio within the Infineon franchise was also expanded in 2015 to include the specialist's power semiconductors and integrated circuits. In 2017, Infineon and Rutronik again expanded their franchise to the APAC region. With the acquisition of Cypress by Infineon, the associated semiconductors were integrated into the franchise by Rutronik in 2020 in Europe and also in 2022 for Asia.