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Headquarters Almelo, the Netherlands
Area served
Number of employees
Parent Spectris plc

PANalytical is an international scientific instrumentation and software supplier which develops and manufactures X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), near-infrared (NIR), optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and pulsed fast thermal neutron activation (PFTNA) equipment for use in research and industry. PANalytical was formerly Philips Analytical, a division of Philips, prior to its sale in 2002. The company now operates as an autonomous business unit of UK-based technology company Spectris plc.[1]

PANalytical's headquarters are in Almelo (the Netherlands). Fully equipped application laboratories are established in Japan, China, the United States, Brazil, and the Netherlands. PANalytical's research activities are based in Almelo (NL) and on the campus of the University of Sussex in Brighton (the United Kingdom). Supply and competence centers are located on two sites in the Netherlands: Almelo ( X-ray instruments) and Eindhoven (X-ray tubes), in Nottingham, UK (XRF applications and standards), in Quebec, Canada (fusion sample preparation) and in Boulder CO, US (near-infrared instruments).

The PANalytical organization employs over 1,000 people worldwide and is set up covering the following regions: Asia Pacific (HQ in Singapore), AMEC (HQ in Westborough, MA, USA) and EMEA (HQ in Almelo, the Netherlands). The company's current product line includes diffraction and fluorescence systems (energy- and wavelength dispersive) for materials science applications and process control. PANalytical customers can be found in virtually every industry segment, from building materials to pharmaceuticals and from metals and mining to nanomaterials.


In 1931, Philips introduced the first commercially available X-ray machine, Metalix. In 1948, North American Philips corporation (Norelco) introduced the first commercial X-ray diffractometer product in cooperation with the US Naval Research Laboratories. In 1954, Philips Analytical introduced the PW1520 XRF spectrometer, forming the basis for commercial X-ray fluorescence products for elemental analysis.[2] That same year, Philips introduced the PW1050 goniometer (θ-2θ geometry) for both diffraction and fluorescence products. The PW1050 goniometer remains at the heart of many diffractometers still in use today.[3] In 1972 the headquarters and system development were relocated from Eindhoven to Almelo. Over the next several decades, Philips expanded their product line under the Philips Analytical brand before the division's sale to Spectris in 2002. Prior to the Spectris acquisition, PANalytical sold their photoluminescence mapping product line based in Waterloo, Canada to Accent Optical Technologies.

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  1. ^ "Acquisition of Philips Analytical". Spectris website. 
  2. ^ PANalytical Press Release in J. Appl. Cryst. (2004), 37, 1039.
  3. ^ Madsen, I.C.; et al. (1996). "The adaption of a Philips PW 1050 X-ray diffractometer system to incorporate an incident beam focusing monochromator: Design, assembly and characterisation". Powder Diffraction. pp. 290–296. 

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