August 14, 2007 — Ametek Inc. has acquired Cameca SAS, a manufacturer of high-end elemental analysis systems used in advanced laboratory research, semiconductor, and nanotechnology applications. Cameca, based in Paris, France, was purchased from an investment group led by the Carlyle Group for approximately 82 million Euros ($112 million). Cameca has estimated annual sales of 60 million Euros ($82 million).
The acquisition “significantly broadens our technical capabilities in differentiated, high-end analytical instrumentation. Its global customer base includes many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers and academic, government, and industrial research facilities engaged in nano-science and other materials science research,” noted Ametek chairman and CEO Frank S. Hermance.
Cameca’s products, including secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), low-energy X-ray emission spectrometry (LEXES), tomographic atom probe (TAP), and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) instrumentation, “complements the products and technology offered by our SPECTRO and EDAX businesses,” added Hermance.
Cameca joins Ametek’s Electronic Instruments Group.