Carl Zeiss SMT AG, a maker of scanning and transmission electron beam systems for nanotechnology, life sciences, material analysis and semiconductor applications, said it will mark the official opening of its new North American headquarters tomorrow with a "nano" ribbon-cutting ceremony. The company's headquarters at One Corporation Way in Peabody, Mass., features a manufacturing center for production of its Orion helium-ion microscope and the Carl Zeiss Nano Solutions Center Peabody, an applications lab and demo center for its instruments. Carl Zeiss SMT moved to the facility in July 2007 from Thornwood, N.Y. Expected to attend the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event Wednesday are Eric Martin, PhD, technical director of Harvard University's Center for Nanoscale Systems; David C. Joy, PhD, Distinguished Professor, the University of Tennessee, and Distinguished Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Michael T. Postek, PhD, chief, Precision Engineering Div., Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology. Also in attendence will be Carl Zeiss SMT President Frank Averdung and board member Dirk Stenkemp. Carl Zeiss SMT, which also makes mask inspection systems, is a subsidiary of Germany-based Carl Zeiss AG.