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Oxford Instruments Acquire Omicron Nanotechnology

Oxford Instruments, based in Tubney Woods, UK, today announced the acquisition of Omicron NanoTechnology based in Taunusstein, Germany. Omicron will join the Nanotechnology Tools Division of Oxford Instruments; a division that already includes Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology as well as Oxford Instruments Nanoscience.

Omicron NanoTechnology, formerly OMICRON Vakuumphysik GmbH, was founded in 1984.

During the past 28 years the company has grown to become the leading provider of ultra-high vacuum scientific instruments and systems to the nanotechnology research sector. With their scanning tunneling microscopes and electron spectroscopy systems, Omicron provides the "eyes into the nanoworld". Today, Omicron's business and values are embodied in their "leading edge technology", "made in Germany" quality standards and worldwide customer relationships. With a largely common customer base, and complimentary technology portfolio, OI Nanoscience and Omicron share a common set of technology and business objectives and are eager to work closely together to offer increased customer value.

Jim Hutchins, MD of OI Nanoscience commented; "Everyone at OI Nanoscience is very pleased to welcome Omicron to the Oxford Instruments Group. The synergies between the businesses are clear, and we anticipate that the bringing together of our world leading technologies will result in the development of a new and unique range of solutions for the rapidly growing nanotechnology market. One example of this will be the integration of Omicron's probe microscopes into OI NanoScience's world-leading, low temperature and high magnetic field environments".

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