Bruker AXS to acquire microscopy company Surface Imaging Systems
21 August 2008
Bruker AXS GmbH, a subsidiary of scientific equipment supplier Bruker
Corporation, has signed an agreement to take over German atomic force
microscope manufacturer SIS Surface Imaging Systems GmbH. The
transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2008, and no
further financial details were provided.
S.I.S. Surface Imaging Systems GmbH, located in Herzogenrath, near
Aachen, Germany, develops, manufactures and distributes advanced atomic
force/scanning probe microscopy systems (AFM/SPM) for numerous
applications in materials research, including semiconductors, data
storage, electronic materials, solar cells, polymers and catalysts.
AFM/SPM is a well-established method for ultra-high spatial
resolution surface imaging and the characterization of surfaces down to
atomic dimensions. The global SPM market had an estimated total market
size of $200-300 million in 2007.
S.I.S. offers a product range from bench-top high-performance AFM-only
microscopes to integrated high-end AFM/optical microscopy (OM)
combinations, all the way to large floor-standing AFM/OM combination
instruments for the characterization of 300mm wafers in a clean room
environment. The S.I.S. core technology includes extremely compact AFM/SPM
subunits which can be integrated easily with other analytical
instruments such as optical microscopes, Raman microscopes or
The company will be renamed to Bruker Nano GmbH and the founders,
Drs Saurenbach and Fuss will continue to lead the business as Managing
Directors. While successful S.I.S. distributors will be retained, Bruker
AXS will contribute its global materials research marketing, technical
sales, demonstration, training and service capabilities, as well as R&D
and operating management assistance, to accelerate the revenue and
margin growth of the future Bruker Nano GmbH.
Dr. Saurenbach, Managing Director of S.I.S., stated: "We are very
excited about this acquisition because we see a strong potential for
revenue growth using Bruker AXS' global distribution capabilities. Being
part of the international Bruker AXS organization will enable us to grow
our customer base around the globe and offer our existing customers
enhanced applications support and service capabilities for our
innovative, high quality AFM products."
Dr Fuss, Managing Director of S.I.S., added: “We are looking forward
to strengthening our R&D activities for the AFM/SPM products under the
new ownership of Bruker AXS.”
Dr. Frank Burgaezy, Executive Vice President of Bruker AXS Inc.,
commented: “Many of the AFM/SPM market segments and applications overlap
with those of our X-ray diffraction (XRD) business, making the S.I.S.
products an excellent addition for our established worldwide XRD sales
force. This clear marketing and distribution synergy is expected to be a
major driver for the growth of our new Bruker AFM/SPM product line.”