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FEI Acquires Intellection

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HILLSBORO, Ore., Jan. 5, 2009 -- High-resolution imaging and analysis systems maker FEI Co. announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Intellection Holdings Pty. Ltd. of Brisbane, Australia, for about $2.8 million. Intellection’s primary product is the Qemscan automated mineralogy system, and the purchase increases FEI’s presence in the automated mineralogy market.

“Customers are beginning to deploy automated mineralogy in a wider range of minerals and expand from the lab to the mine site. This purchase also increases our installed base in a strategically important market for FEI's future,” said Dr. Paul Scagnetti, vice president and general manager of FEI’s industry market division.

FEI’s existing mineral liberation analyzers (MLA) are microscopy products designed to increase mining productivity and metal recovery and are the result of a joint development effort between FEI and minerals company JKTech.

Automated mineralogy systems are used by geologists, mineralogists and metallurgists to identify minerals in polished sections of drill core, particulate or lump materials and to quantify a wide range of characteristics, including mineral abundance, grain size and liberation for process optimization, mine feasibility studies and ore characterization analyses.

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