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Bruker AXS, Inc and Bede Scientific have entered into an agreement for the supply of the Bede Microsource. The Microsource X-ray generator is known for its revolutionary design which provides a high brightness X-ray beam in a compact unit. This X-ray source will be integrated with the Bruker AXS CCD based diffraction systems. Bruker AXS will configure the Microsource with the SMART range of highly sensitive CCD-detector systems for applications in biological and chemical crystallography.


Bruker AXS closes private financing for structural genomics
Bruker AXS Inc., a leading global provider of advanced X-ray solutions for the life and advanced materials sciences, today announced that it has raised $22.5 million in a private financing round. The investment was led by Thomas Weisel Capital Partners, a $1.3 billion private equity fund managed by Thomas Weisel Partners. Other investors include Burrill & Company and Essex Investment Management Company.


Bruker AXS has bought the X-ray diffraction company Nonius BV from Delft Instruments in a move to acquire "critical mass" and be the leading supplier to the protein X-ray crystallographic market. Bruker will establish Nonius in Delft as the European headquarters for Bruker AXS with R&D and production facilities


Spectro announced the release of the XEPOS low sulphur XRF analyser, which provides a detection limit of less than 1 ppm (ug/g) for sulphur in fuels. The unit comes with specially designed sample cups that eliminate the possibility of contamination or leakage


Bruker has filed for an IPO of common stock that could raise as much as $100 million AXS is concentrating on the growth industries of drug discovery and development with its integrated solutions for protein structure determination via X-ray crystallography, a market that totalled approximately $1Billion in 2000 and is expected to increase by 40% per year to $5,6Billion in 2005 With the acquisition of X-ray diffraction specialist Nonius BV in April this year, AXS has secured X-ray source technology and according to the company, positioned itself as the leader for small molecule diffraction instrumentation supplying 80% of instruments" for this market.


SPECTRO Analytical Instruments Managing Director Professor Heinz Falk to Retire
Kleve, Germany, December 21st, 2001 - SPECTRO Analytical Instruments announced that Professor Heinz Falk, Managing Director, has elected to retire effective January 1st, 2002.
Professor Falk graduated with a PhD in Physics from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1968 and continued his career with the renown Academy of Sciences in Berlin. In 1972, Professor Falk was named one of the youngest Professors of the Academy and shortly thereafter was appointed as Deputy Director of the Institute for Optics and Spectroscopy. In 1989 he joined SPECTRO as the Director of Research and Development and in 1991 was appointed as Managing Director.


Introduction of the S4 Pioneer.
The very compact S4 PIONEER high power 4 kW sequential X-ray Spectrometer provides the best analytical performance in short measuring time.


Appointment of Dr. Joachim Heckel as Manager of Research and Development
Kleve, Germany, January 1st, 2002 - SPECTRO Analytical Instruments announced the appointment of Dr. Joachim Heckel as Manager of Research and Development.
Dr. Heckel, a graduate of the Technical University of Dresden, assumes this position after 11 years as R&D Manager for SPECTRO's XRF product line. Dr. Heckel assumes the R&D responsibilities held previously by Professor Heinz Falk.
Professor Heinz Falk, who served for 11 years as SPECTRO Managing Director is transiting to semi-retirement and will continue to work on key projects, as well provide technical guidance to the SPECTRO management team and support Dr. Joachim Heckel in his new role.
"In his 11 years as R&D manager for the SPECTRO XRF product line, Achim led the development of the SPECTRO XRF product line from market entry to its current level: The best performing XRF spectrometers available. His demonstrated understanding of our customers requirements, coupled with his extraordinary physics background and proven management skills will ensure that SPECTRO's instrumentation continues to be the industry benchmark for innovative and practical technology", commented Tom Blades, SPECTRO CEO.


SPECTRO Analytical Instruments announce record results for FY 2001
Kleve, Germany, January 10th, 2002 - SPECTRO Analytical Instruments announced record sales for its 2001 fiscal year. The audit of accounts has been completed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the final figures reflect sales of 94.1 million Euros for the 12 month period ending September 30th, 2001. This represents a 7.1% increase over the prior 12 month period. "Our investments in the Far East coupled with strong sales momentum in both ICP and XRF have more than offset the effects of a softening economy in North America.", commented Tom Blades, SPECTRO CEO.


Spectro has announced record results for FY 2001, with sales up 7.1% to Euro 94.1 million.

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