WITec acquires majority stake in OMT

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German manufacturer of optical and scanning probe microscopy systems WITec has acquired a majority stake in OMT Optische Messtechnik. With the addition of OMT, WITec claims to have taken enhanced its market position in the field of industrial metrology. OMT's product portfolio and expertise supplement WITec’s product range and offer new options for joint marketing activities. OMT provides optical metrology tools and, according to WITec, is particularly strong in industrial process control of parameters such as film thickness, colour, sheet resistance, moisture and chemical composition. For these types of measurements OMT provides in-line and laboratory devices leveraging techniques such as reflectometry, spectral ellipsometry, video microscopy and spectroscopy. With the acquisition of OMT, WITec adds advanced optical probing solutions to its range of cutting edge high-resolution structural, optical and chemical imaging instrumentation. OMT will continue to operate as an independent company in the future.

'Our goal is the extension of our market-leading position in the field of 3D surface analysis. With the acquisition of a majority holding in OMT we will be active in additional but distinct and vital sectors which will lead to further growth potential,' says Dr Joachim Koenen, managing director of WITec. 'Especially in the fields of inline process control and industrial applications, OMT will contribute significantly to a successful extension of our market share.'

Managing director of OMT, Dr Matthias Eberhardt points out that 'WITec is the partner of choice for OMT, enabling us to secure our future growth and to approach new markets and technological segments. This will considerably intensify our customer-oriented product development, product marketing and sales in general.'