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NDT.net Issue - 2013-06 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2013-06
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

MatriX Technologies GmbH acquires FocalSpot Inc.

MatriX Technologies GmbH13, Dachau, Germany

Munich/Feldkirchen 05-08-2013. MatriX Technologies GmbH, a leading global supplier of high-speed Automated In-line X-Ray inspection systems for industrial applications (AXI and NDT) – announces the acquisition of FocalSpot Inc. (San Diego, CA).

Since 2003, FocalSpot has been designing, manufacturing and distributing manual X-Ray inspection equipment for entry-level use at various EMS and other industrial customers in the US and abroad with the current installed base amounting to approx. 400 X-Ray machines worldwide. The acquisition by MatriX will enable FocalSpot to expand its line of cost effective X-Ray inspection products. MatriX plans to make a significant investment to further develop and enhance FocalSpot’s current X-Ray product line with its advanced engineered hardware and software technology platforms. The systematic consolidation of important operating functions such as production provides for additional synergy effects.

The acquisition of the California based company will in turn further strengthen MatriX Technologies’ market position in the US and North America by adding FocalSpot’s highly experienced sales and service staff as well as its strong North-American Sales and Support network to the MatriX Group.

Following the acquisition, MatriX-FocalSpot’s team will provide direct customer and sales support for MatriX’ AXI/MXI system solutions in the US and other North American countries. In addition, and by leveraging on the Company’s highly-qualified staff with experience in X-Ray technology of more than 15 years in average, the company will further provide service and application support for MatriX’ existing installed AXI (Automated X-Ray In-line) system base currently running in Tier 1 electronics and automotive production assembly facilities in the US, Canada and Mexico - by further ensuring group-wide quality standards.

FocalSpot founders, Fred Schlieper and Frank Silva, state: ”We are extremely excited to join the MatriX team. MatriX has developed state-of-the-art automated inspection products and software and we look forward to leverage those technologies into the FocalSpot product line and work with their talented application and development staff”.

“The acquisition of FocalSpot positions us to increase our market share for manual and automated in-line X-Ray inspection solutions in the US through a dedicated regional sales and service approach.“ says MatriX Managing Director Eckhard Sperschneider. “The high degree of X-Ray system knowledge gained from FocalSpot staff and its founders during various system applications and projects over the past 20 years will position the company for continued success.”

About MatriX Technologies:
MatriX Technologies GmbH, founded in 2004 and headquartered in Munich/Feldkirchen (Germany), is a leading global supplier of high-speed Automated In-line X-Ray inspection systems (AXI for Electronics) that are used to control the manufacturing process and to ensure the quality of critical electronic devices/components and electronic printed circuit boards manufactured by its customers within series production. In addition, MatriX supplies manual, semi-automated and automated inspection solutions for non-destructive testing of other non-electronic materials such as casting or medical parts by using x-ray or computer tomography (CT) technology (AXI for NDT). MatriX’ inspection system solutions assist its global customer base to achieve and fulfill the highest quality demands for critical parts and components. As of Jan-2013, MatriX Technologies employs a growing 50 staff in Germany, Hungary, China, Singapore, Japan and the US. More information about the company can be found on www.m-xt.com.

About FocalSpot, Inc:
FocalSpot, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets affordable x-ray inspection systems worldwide and distributes DEN-ON lead-free PCB rework solutions in North/South America, Canada and Mexico. FocalSpot also sells and supports pre-owned Nicolet (x-ray) systems; providing ongoing service, parts, installation and training.

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