Appointment of Tom Bloomer as Vice President of Marketing

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Kleve, February 27, 2001. SPECTRO announced the appointment of Tom Bloomer as Vice President of Marketing.

Mr. Bloomer joins SPECTRO with over 15 years of management experience in the instrument industry, including his most recent position as Vice President of Marketing and Customer Support for Biotage, Inc., A Dyax Corp. Company. In this newly created role at SPECTRO, Mr. Bloomer will oversee the company's global marketing activities.

"Tom's impressive marketing/management record at both small and large instrument companies will help ensure the continued success of SPECTRO," commented Manfred Bergsch, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing. "His strategic counsel will be a key part of SPECTRO's management team. Tom's appointment reflects the Company's growth as a leader in the design and production of high quality Emission Spectroscopy Systems with a clear desire to expand into new markets."

Mr. Bloomer, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University also held the position of General Manager at The Foxboro Company for Foxboro Environmental (IR monitoring instrumentation) and Foxboro NMR (process NMR instrument) within the Analytical Instrument Division of Siebe, plc (today Invensys). During his five years with Siebe he significantly increased sales and overall company profitability and successfully launched numerous breakthrough products, including the world's first process NMR system. Prior to joining The Foxboro Company, Mr. Bloomer held Sales and Service management positions with Perstorp Analytical, Inc., and Beckman Instruments.

Founded in 1979, SPECTRO develops, manufactures and distributes state-of-the-art ICP, ICP/MS, Arc/Spark, GDA, EDXRF 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. Additionally, many of these instruments are available in stand-alone, bench-top and portable configurations. 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 Atomic Spectroscopy, is a multinational company committed to innovation, instrumentation support and service. With more than 550 employees, SPECTRO has shipped over 16,000 instruments to customers throughout the world. SPECTRO is committed to producing advanced products, better and more diverse solutions, and providing an unparalleled support infrastructure.

Please contact Tom Milner for additional information, Tel: +49.2821.892-0, 
Fax: +49.2821.892-2200, E-Mail: spectro.info@ametek.com