New York Governor George E. Pataki's Discussion With FEI Company CEO Vahe Sarkissian

The Strategic Role of the U.S. Toolmaker in the New Global

Nanotechnology-Based Economy

Oct 29, 2004, 01:00 ET from FEI Company

    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
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