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Bruker to acquire CETR; synergistic tribology and indenting equipment business

Bruker Corporation, a global manufacturer of scientific instruments, is acquiring Center for Tribology, Inc. (CETR) for an undisclosed amount. CETR is a privately held corporation specializing in nanoindenting and microindenting, and in materials and tribology (the study of friction wear and lubrication) testing.

The transaction is expected to close at the end of the third quarter of 2011, subject to customary closing conditions. After the closing, Bruker intends to continue to operate CETR and to integrate its business management, operations, research and development, sales and support with the Bruker Nano Surfaces division. It is anticipated that CETR will become a separate Tribology and Indenting business, joining the current AFM (atomic force microscope) and SOM (stylus and optical metrology) businesses in the Bruker Nano Surfaces division.

CETR products can perform multitudes of operations to characterize nano-, micro- and macro-mechanical and tribological properties under harsh environmental conditions (high and low temperatures and humidity, vacuum, gases, etc.). CETR instruments have been successfully utilized in numerous academic labs for fundamental materials research and have been responsible for important breakthroughs in studies of thin films, as well as in numerous factories and plants for quality control of ink-jet cartridges, razor blades, industrial oils and many other industrial, medical and consumer products.

CETR has been continuously and increasingly successful for nearly two decades in nanoindenting and microindenting, and in materials and tribology testing. We are delighted to add their synergistic core competencies to our own AFM and optical metrology expertise. CETR customers are interested in mechanically testing the structure property relationships as they relate to tribology and nano-mechanical properties just as Bruker Nano Surfaces division’s current customers want to use microscopy and metrology to measure topography, and other surface properties.

—Mark R. Munch, Ph.D., President of the Bruker Nano Surfaces division


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