• Mega merger on a micro scale: Thermo Fisher/FEI and its impact on the EM market
      In the analytical industry space, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (TSF; Waltham, MA) is undoubtedly the 800-pound gorilla in the room. When it was announced in May last year that the industry leader would be making the huge move to acquire FEI, a dominant player in the electron microscopy (EM) space, there would be no need for high-powered magnification to recognise the significance of the deal.  Although the regulators seemed to [...]
    • US exports return to growth after 2-year slump
      In the first half of calendar 2017, the US analytical instrumentation sector returned to growth after the low single-digit declines recorded for the previous two years. Figures from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) showed that exports for the period rose to $3.99 billion, representing a 1% improvement on the figure for the first six months of 2016. Demand from European customers remained weak, with shipments to the region falling by [...]
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