April 14, 2008 — Ambios Technology, Inc. — maker of surface measurement and visualization instruments, including atomic force microscopes, stylus-type profilometers, and scanning white light interferometers — has entered into a multi-year agreement to double the size of its Santa Cruz, CA headquarters. The company plans to use the additional space to increase manufacturing, engineering, and research facilities.
Ambios says its products are the “eyes” of the high-resolution research and nanotechnology industry.
“Our steady 20+% growth per year is largely attributable to our access to the emerging nanotechnology market,” says Ambios President and CEO Patrick O’Hara. “Increased spending in government, academic and industrial research in nanotechnology has lead to increased revenue for Ambios Technology. As a result, we needed to expand our facilities to meet the needs of our customers in this and other markets.”
According to Cientifica Ltd., a UK based nanotech market research firm, the nanotech marketplace — excluding the huge semiconductor and microelectronics sectors — will grow 36% annually through 2012. And the U.S. Department of Labor’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2006-2011 stated, “…growth in emerging fields such as nanotechnology will accelerate in the coming decades.”