Profile: FEI Co (FEIC.O)
2 May 2016
FEI Company, incorporated on May 7, 1953, is a supplier of scientific instruments and related services for nanoscale applications and solutions for industry and science. The Company operates in two segments: Industry Group and Science Group. The Company’s research and development and manufacturing operations are located in Hillsboro, Oregon; Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and Brno, Czech Republic; and its software development is located in Bordeaux, France. Its sales and service operations are conducted in the United States and approximately 50 other countries around the world. It also sells its products through independent agents, distributors and representatives in additional countries.
The Company’s products include transmission electron microscopes (TEMs); scanning electron microscopes (SEMs); DualBeamTM systems which combine a SEM and a focused ion beam system (FIB) on a single platform; stand-alone FIBs; optical microscopes, three-dimensional (3D) modelling software and service and components to support the products. TEMs provide resolution images of samples and their internal structure, down to the atomic level. SEMs provide detailed images of the surface and shape of samples. Optical microscopes provide a field of view. DualBeams and FIBs image, manipulate, mill and deposit material for a variety of purposes, including preparation of samples for TEMs. Its DualBeam systems include models that have wafer handling capability and are purchased by semiconductor equipment manufacturers (wafer-level DualBeam systems) and models that have small stages and are sold to customers in several markets (small-stage DualBeam systems).
The Company’s Industry Group consists of customers in semiconductor integrated circuit manufacturing and related industries, such as manufacturers of data storage equipment and other technologies, as well as customers in the natural resources industries, including mining and oil and gas. For the semiconductor market, it provides shrinking line widths and process nodes of 22 nano meters and smaller. Such products are used in laboratories or near the fabrication line. For the natural resource market, its products are used in mining through automated mineralogy and in oil and gas exploration and laboratory analysis. It also provides support for products and customers within this group for the entire life cycle of a tool from installation through the warranty period, and after the warranty period through contract coverage or on a time and materials basis.
The Company’s Science Group includes universities, public and private research laboratories and customers in a range of industries, including metals, automobiles, aerospace and forensics. The tools are used in a laboratory. The Science Group also includes customers at universities, Government laboratories and research institutes engaged in biotech and life sciences applications, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Its solutions enable scientific discovery and researchers, and help manufacturers develop, analyze and produce products. Its products’ ultra-high resolution imaging allows structural biologists to create detailed 3D reconstructions of biological structures, such as proteins and viruses.
Cellular biologists use its tools to correlate wide-field, resolution optical images with resolution electron microscope imaging. Its products are also used by drug researchers and in particle analysis and a range of pathology and quality control applications. It also provides support for products and customers within this group for the entire life cycle of a tool from installation through the warranty period, and after the warranty period through contract coverage or on a time and materials basis.
The Company competes with JEOL Ltd., Carl Zeiss SMT A.G., Hitachi High Technologies Corporation and Tescan, a.s.
5350 NE Dawson Creek Dr
HILLSBORO OR 97124-5793