SPECTRO Analytical Instruments Managing Director Professor Heinz Falk to Retire

Friday, December 21, 2001

Kleve, December 21st, 2001. SPECTRO Analytical Instruments announced that Professor Heinz Falk, Managing Director, has elected to retire effective January 1st, 2002.

Professor Falk graduated with a PhD in Physics from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1968 and continued his career with the renown Academy of Sciences in Berlin. In 1972, Professor Falk was named one of the youngest Professors of the Academy and shortly thereafter was appointed as Deputy Director of the Institute for Optics and Spectroscopy. In 1989 he joined SPECTRO as the Director of Research and Development and in 1991 was appointed as Managing Director.

Tom Blades, SPECTRO CEO, commented, "Since 1989 Heinz has provided invaluable leadership in his oversight of the company's research efforts and was responsible for initiating a string of product innovations that today form the core of our product offering. As of January 1st Heinz will transit into semi-retirement, working part time on key projects, continuing to provide technical guidance to the SPECTRO management team and counsel to Dr. Joachim Heckel, who succeeds him as the Manager of Research and Development."

Founded in 1979, SPECTRO develops, manufactures and distributes state-of-the-art ICP, ICP/MS, Arc/Spark, GDA, XRF and AA spectrometers. Within each product line, SPECTRO markets an extensive selection of instruments: from the niche specific to multi-purpose laboratory and on-line models. Adaptable and innovative, SPECTRO instruments are found in a variety of environments including metals and aerospace industries, agronomy, quality control, environmental, and research oriented activities such as Pharmaceutical.

SPECTRO - the global leader in Optical Emission and XRF Spectroscopy, is a multinational company committed to innovation, instrumentation support and service. With more than 500 employees, SPECTRO has shipped over 17,000 instruments to customers throughout the world. SPECTRO is committed to producing advanced products, better and more diverse solutions, and providing an unparalleled support infrastructure.

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