Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Kleve, 1st October 2003. The SPECTRO Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Franzotto Hornung as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hornung succeeds Mr. Tom Blades, who has been named Chairman of the SPECTRO Board of Directors.

Mr. Hornung, who held the position of Chief Operating Officer since joining SPECTRO in January 2002, is a graduate of the University of Karlsruhe and brings with him over 20 years experience gained from multiple national and international management positions. Tom Blades, SPECTRO Chairman, commented, “Franz’s proven track record at SPECTRO, his focus on process optimization, product and service quality, along with his commitment to SPECTRO employees, stakeholders and customer satisfaction, uniquely qualify him to lead SPECTRO’s continuing development.”

Founded in 1979, SPECTRO develops, manufactures and distributes state-of-the-art ICP, Arc/Spark and XRF 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 400 employees, SPECTRO has shipped over 19,000 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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