Appointment of Dr. Joachim Heckel as Manager of Research and Development

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Kleve, January 1st, 2002. SPECTRO Analytical Instruments announced the appointment of Dr. Joachim Heckel as Manager of Research and Development.

Dr. Heckel, a graduate of the Technical University of Dresden, assumes this position after 11 years as R&D Manager for SPECTRO's XRF product line. Dr. Heckel assumes the R&D responsibilities held previously by Professor Heinz Falk.

Professor Heinz Falk, who served for 11 years as SPECTRO Managing Director is transiting to semi-retirement and will continue to work on key projects, as well provide technical guidance to the SPECTRO management team and support Dr. Joachim Heckel in his new role.

"In his 11 years as R&D manager for the SPECTRO XRF product line, Achim led the development of the SPECTRO XRF product line from market entry to its current level: The best performing XRF spectrometers available. His demonstrated understanding of our customers requirements, coupled with his extraordinary physics background and proven management skills will ensure that SPECTRO's instrumentation continues to be the industry benchmark for innovative and practical technology", commented Tom Blades, SPECTRO CEO.

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.

Please contact Tom Milner for additional information, Tel: +49.2821.892-0, 
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