SII NanoTechnology Started to Massproduce Fluorescent X-ray Analyzers and Fluorescent X-ray Coating Thickness Gauges at Its China-based Subsidiary

SII NanoTechnology Inc., a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII), announced today that it started to massproduce fluorescence X-ray analyzers and fluorescence X-ray coating thickness gauges at its China-based subsidiary.

With the aim of embarking upon the Chinese market, in November last year, SII NanoTechnology established its China-based subsidiary, SII NanoTechnology (Shanghai) Inc. that comprehensively covers the business of production, sales and service/support throughout China. SII NanoTechnology (Shanghai) that had finalized plant startup preparation, including pre-massproduction tests, passed strict product inspection and plant examination, and then successfully acquired the production license by and from the China Municipal bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision in early July 2005. This allowed everything to be gotten up and full-scale mass-production to begin.

The models massproduced in China are SEA1000A fluorescence X-rays analyzers used in detection of hazardous substances such as Cd, Lead and Mercury etc. restricted by RoHs Directive(*), and SFT9100M X-ray coating thickness gauges for use in electronic parts. 20 units in total for both models will be produced monthly and mainly marketed throughout China.

China ranks among the fastest economic and industrial developing countries in the world. In this connection, the demand for analysis instruments is increasingly expanded in China. To meet such a demand, SII NanoTechnology has decided to embark upon the local production of the above instruments. It was the first foreign manufacturer to massproduce analysis and measurement instruments in China.

SII NanoTechnology (Shanghai) is operated by an integrated organization staffed by 30 people in charge of production, sales and service/support to provide customers in China with high quality analysis and measurement products and more-enhanced services.

(*) RoHS Directive, which is the acronym for “Restriction of (certain) Hazardous Substances,” is a directive from the European Union (EU) that restricts the use of six substances in new electrical and electronic equipment that are placed on the market by July 1, 2006. Six substances are Cadmium (Cd), Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Sexivalent Chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE).

[About SII NanoTechnology (Shanghai) Inc.]
Managing Director: Hiroyuki Funamoto
Director, General Manager: Fumiki Sakai
Paid-in capital: 455,000 US dollars (wholly owned by SII NanoTechnology)
Business description: Development, design, production, sales and after-sales service of analysis/measurement equipment
Established: November 1, 2004
Number of Employees: 30
Fiscal year: January to December
Headquarters: Rm. 102, No. 2, 690 Bibo Rd., Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai, China

[About SII NanoTechnology Inc.]
SII NanoTechnology Inc., a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII), is a leading company in the development of advanced, leading edge measurement and analysis instruments. Its headquarters is located in Tokyo, Japan. It was the first Japanese company to produce Scanning Probe Microscopes and Focused Ion Beam Systems. The company’s products line-up also includes XRF Analyzer, XRF Coating Thickness Gauge, Thermal Analysis System, ICP-OES, ICP-MS and Mask Repair System. Many of these products are utilized to support leading edge research and development. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at

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