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NTS, SIINT announce electron, ion-beam system alliance

Posted: 23 Mar 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Carl Zeiss Nano Technology Systems  NTS  Carl Zeiss SMT  SII NanoTechnology  SIINT 

Carl Zeiss Nano Technology Systems (NTS), a division of Carl Zeiss SMT, and SII NanoTechnology (SIINT), a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments Inc., jointly announced a global strategic alliance in the electron and ion-beam systems, service and solutions market.

According to the two companies, the subject of the alliance is the joint development of market leading systems and application solutions which will allow for innovative applications in nanotechnology and semiconductor process control solutions. Moreover, the NTS and SIINT will mutually combine their products and solutions portfolio comprising scanning and transmission electron microscopes (SEM/TEM), focused ion beam (FIB) systems and XRF (x-ray fluorescent) systems for nanoscopic imaging, analysis and measurement.

"This global strategic alliance boosts us on our path to jointly becoming the global number one in system solutions for nanotechnology and is the bold implementation of our company vision—Enabling the Nano-Age World," said Dirk Stenkamp, head of Carl Zeiss SMT's process control solutions segment. "The combination of our high performing GEMINI SEM technology with the world leading FIB technology of SIINT creates significant value for customers. Additionally, the reciprocal distribution of new and existing products by each respective partner offers a compelling and globally available product and solution portfolio for cutting-edge research and automated industrial nanotechnology applications."

Hiroyuki Funamoto, president and CEO of SIINT, added, "This alliance on joint product development and global distribution is a consequent advancement of the current distribution partnership of our companies in Japan. Our own strength and excellent customer intimacy in Asia and especially Japan, combined with the established and very strong sales network of Carl Zeiss NTS in Europe and the Americas, will strongly support the aggressive growth strategy of both partners."

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