COMET is a technology company in the growth markets of security, inspection, electronics and communication. The group is a leading supplier of industrial X-Ray components and modules for security and non-destructive testing applications as well as Microfocus X-Ray Systems for quality assurance of miniature components and electronics. COMET is also the market’s principal vendor for vacuum components and modules used in plasma deposition, etching and broadcasting equipment. As an expert in the fields of industrial X-Ray and radio frequency engineering, COMET provides a complete and highly flexible portfolio of components, modules, systems and services from a single source. COMET was founded in 1948 and is based in Flamatt near Berne, Switzerland. Production is carried out in Switzerland and Germany; the sales subsidiaries in the U.S. and China are complemented by a worldwide network of representatives. COMET’s stock (COTN) is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange. In 2005, COMET had a staff of 330 employees worldwide and total sales of CHF 90.8 million.