Thermo Fisher Scientific Buys Second Electron Microscopy Provider

Waltham, MA 12/29/17—Thermo Fisher Scientific, a provider of scientific solutions, has acquired Phenom-World for an undisclosed amount. Phenom-World provides desktop SEMs and solutions for research and industrial markets. Thermo Fisher stated that the purchase adds to its products for entry-level SEM. The company joins Thermo Fisher’s Analytical Instruments segment.

The acquisition adds to Thermo Fisher’s SEM business that was acquired through last year’s purchase of FEI (see IBO 5/31/16). The acquisition reunites two businesses that were separated when FEI sold Phenom-World in 2009 (see IBO 11/15/09). With the purchase, Thermo Fisher now participates in the fast growing tabletop SEM market, which has been responsible for wider adoption of the technology at a lower price point. Earlier this year, Phenom-World introduced its fifth generation systems. 

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