FEI Company

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FEI Company
Industry Scientific and Technical Instruments
Founded 1971
Founder Dr. Lynwood Swanson
Headquarters Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
Area served
Key people
Dr. Don R. Kania, President and CEO, Raymond A. Link, Executive Vice President and CFO
Bradley J. Thies, Vice President, General Counsel
Products Focused ion beam
Scanning Electron Microscope
Transmission Electron Microscope
DualBeam,Light Microscope,Software
Revenue Increase $927.5M (2013)
Increase $156.18M (2013)
Increase $126.67M (2013)
Number of employees
2700+ (2013)
Slogan Explore. Discover. Resolve.
Website www.fei.com

FEI makes instruments to find very small defects. The company was founded in 1971 as Field Emission Inc., referring to its use of field emission and ion technology.


Corporate headquarters

The FEI company was founded in 1971 by Dr. L.W. Swanson, Mr. N.A. Martin and Mr. L. Swenson, as a supplier of electron and ion beam sources for field emission research and electron microscopy. In 1978, Dr. J. Orloff, who was doing research on electrostatic optics for field emission ion and electron sources, joined the company as its fourth partner. FEI's introduction of the liquid-metal ion beam source in 1981 led to its application in the semiconductor industry for mask repair and defect analysis.[1] The current company was formed by the 1997 merger between FEI and Philips Electron Optics,[2] and the 1999 acquisition of ion beam company Micrion. As such, the company can trace its roots in electron microscopy to the early commercial instruments produced by Philips Electron Optics in the 1940s.

On December 20, 2006, Philips Business Electronics International B.V. sold its shares of common stock in FEI Company reducing its shareholding in FEI to zero. In May 2011, the company announced a second straight quarter of record revenue and profits, with the company totaling nearly $200 million in revenue for their second quarter.[3] The company attributed the growth to a diversification of its clientele.[4]


The products manufactured by the company include focused ion beam workstations, scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscopes, and focusing columns.

The company has research and development centers in Hillsboro, Oregon; Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Munich, Germany; Shanghai, China PRC;Tokyo, Japan; Brno, Czech Republic; Brisbane, Australia; and Bordeaux, France. It has sales and service operations in more than 50 countries.


  1. ^ FEI History
  2. ^ "Dutch Company to Buy 55 Percent Stake in FEI", The New York Times, September 6, 1996
  3. ^ "FEI reports record earnings, revenue". Portland Business Journal. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Siemers, Erik (May 20, 2011). "Hillsboro's FEI busts boundaries". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • FEI Website - Official FEI website
  • FEI Facebook - Official FEI Facebook page
  • [1] - Official FEI LinkedIn Company page
  • [2] - Official FEI Google+ page

Coordinates: 45°32′34″N 122°55′47″W / 45.542697°N 122.92963°W / 45.542697; -122.92963