FEI Launches Certified Tools Program Globally

New Program Offers Customers Enhanced Flexibility for Purchasing Factory

Certified FEI Solutions

Jul 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from FEI Company

    HILLSBORO, Ore., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company (Nasdaq:  
 FEIC) has announced the global launch of its Certified Tools program
 featuring factory-refurbished FEI systems that are fully-tested and
 warranted to meet original factory specifications. With the Certified Tools
 program, customers will now have greater flexibility and added confidence
 as they plan capital equipment acquisitions.
     Each FEI Certified Tool undergoes a rigorous factory test and
 refurbishment process. Emitters, software, controls, and columns that do
 not meet performance criteria, or are reaching the end of their service
 life are upgraded with FEI components and software to ensure that the
 system will meet or even exceed the original factory specifications.
 Because all work is done by skilled technicians in FEI's advanced
 manufacturing facilities, all FEI Certified Tools are shipped from the
 factory with a full 90-day parts and service warranty and are eligible for
 FEI's service contracts.
     The global launch of the Certified Tools programs follows the
 successful introduction of the program in China earlier this year. "We are
 excited to expand the Certified Tools program to all of our markets,"
 commented Paul O'Mara, FEI's senior vice president of worldwide service.
 "The expansion of the program comes as customers in North America, Europe
 and Asia-Pacific continue to invest in tools that enable nanoscale
 research, development and manufacturing. These investments will include a
 mix of both new and refurbished equipment for labs and factories across
 multiple markets including semiconductors and data storage, research
 institutions and general industry."
     As part of FEI's Certified Tools program, customers may also be able to
 trade in select FEI systems, determined by current market demand and
 inventories, with the purchase of new equipment. This will enable FEI's
 customers to expand their capabilities while optimizing their asset
 management strategies.
     Customers can obtain information more information on FEI Certified
 Tools and contact their local sales representative by visiting FEI's
 all-new web site: www.fei.com/feicertified.
     About FEI
     FEI's Tools for Nanotech(TM), featuring focused ion- and electron-beam
 technologies, deliver 3D characterization, analysis and modification
 capabilities with resolution down to the sub-Angstrom level and provide
 innovative solutions for customers working in NanoBiology, NanoResearch and
 NanoElectronics. With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales
 and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world, FEI is
 bringing the nanoscale within the grasp of leading researchers and
 manufacturers and helping to turn some of the biggest ideas of this century
 into reality. More information can be found on the FEI website at: