SPECTRO Partners with SII NANOTECHNOLOGY to Market ICP_OES and ICP_MS Instruments in Japan

February 1, 2011

Strategic Alliance Joins Two Leaders in ICP-OES and ICP-MS instruments
Chiba, Japan; Kleve, Germany; February 2011 – SPECTRO Analytical Instruments GmbH has formed a strategic marketing alliance with SII NanoTechnology, Inc. to market SPECTRO’s inductively coupled plasma optical emission (ICP-OES) and mass spectrometers (ICP-MS) in Japan.

“We are very excited about our alliance with SII NanoTechnology,” notes Manfred Bergsch, Managing Director for SPECTRO. “We consider it an important step in further expanding our presence in Japan. It also reflects the importance of our growing Japanese customer base. ”

“By partnering with SII NanoTechnology, we gain the experience and expertise of the established leader in Japan’s growing ICP-OES and ICP-MS instruments market. At the same time, SPECTRO brings to the partnership the best-in-class technology of its ICP instrument products along with industry-leading factory support that includes access to our innovative eLearning portal: SPECTRO Campus,” he adds.

The alliance covers all SPECTRO ICP-OES and ICP-MS instruments, including SPECTRO GENESIS, ARCOS and the recently introduced SPECTRO MS. SPECTRO will continue to support its existing Japanese customers through a subsidiary, formed in 2008. In recognition of the alliance, SPECTRO recently sold its 3,000th ICP-OES system to SII NanoTechnology for use at its Tokyo facility for demonstrations and application support.

SII NanoTechnology, which originated as the R&D division of Seiko Instruments and became a separate stand-alone company in 2003, is a leader in nanotechnology and ultra-precision measuring technology with more than 30 years experience in the manufacture and marketing of ICP-OES instruments and ICP mass spectrometers. With its headquarters in Chiba, Japan, SII NanoTechnology has over 300 employees in Japan and more than 500 worldwide.

Based in Kleve, Germany, SPECTRO is a unit of AMETEK Materials Analysis Division, which manufactures instruments used in metals analysis, environmental monitoring, research and development, and petrochemical, pharmaceutical and electronics manufacture. Among its product technologies are arc/spark, ICP optical emission, ICP mass spectrometry and X-ray fluorescence for the analysis of solids, liquids, and powders.

SPECTRO MS
Launched in 2010, the SPECTRO MS is the world’s first fully simultaneous measuring mass spectrometer with ICP. It offers the unique combination of ion optic, mass spectrometer and detector able to separate and simultaneously detect an entire ion beam for every analysis. The SPECTRO MS represents a breakthrough in mass spectrometry by delivering more precise results with greater accuracy and speed than conventional mass spectrometry. Users achieve greatly increased sample throughput and much better precision and accuracy compared to a sequential mass spectrometer.

SPECTRO ARCOS
Introduced in 2007, the SPECTRO ARCOS is a highly sensitive, state-of-the-art ICP-OES that utilizes 32 linear CCD detectors in an optimized Paschen-Runge for simultaneous recording ofwavelengths between 130 and 770 nm. Itis especially suited for such demanding analytical applications as ultra-trace analysis for environmental applications or line-rich spectra for metal applications or the analysis of organic materials in petro chemistry.

SPECTRO GENESIS
Launched in 2009, SPECTRO GENESIS is a highly versatile ICP-OES spectrometer that features a more ergonomic design, lighter weight and simplified operation than the larger and more powerful SPECTRO ARCOS. The GENESIS records the entire spectrum between 175 and 777 nm, enabling the simultaneous determination of more than 70 elements. It is designed to meet the special requirements of industrial users. Applications include industrial waste water analysis, wear analysis of metals, soil and sludge testing and chemical testing.

About SPECTRO:
SPECTRO is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. SPECTRO manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for strongly varying applications and provides exemplary customer service. SPECTRO’s products are exemplified by unique technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 30,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors with an annual turnover of approximately 2.5 billion US$. AMETEK’s corporate growth plan is based on four key strategies: Operative excellence, strategic acquisitions and alliances, geographic and market expansion as well as new products. AMETEK’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and theRussell 1000 Index.
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