HILLSBORO, Ore., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During Governor Pataki's visit to FEI, the company's president and CEO, Vahe Sarkissian, focused on the significance of the commercialization of Nanotechnology in order to preserve the global competitiveness of the USA. Sarkissian stressed the importance of directing government attention and support to U.S. industries to speed the transition of nano-research into the production and manufacture of nano-devices. Sarkissian observed that there are but a handful of public companies in the world that have the technology to routinely provide metrology at the nanoscale, these companies are the corner stones on which to build a new economy based on nanotechnology. The point was made that tool companies, such as FEI Company are strategic national assets, and that their current predominant position is endangered by direct government investment into similar commercial enterprises in other countries. Sarkissian expressed the viewpoint that the US state, regional and federal governments should very seriously review, not only funding academic and institutional nano-based research, but establish new mechanisms to support USA based corporations which are key to the advancement of commercial nanotechnology. What is at stake is continued job creation due to economic growth and the export leadership of the USA. (Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041029/SFF049 ) 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-Engstrom level. With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales and service operations in more the 40 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.
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