03 January 2012
AMETEK, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Technical Manufacturing Corporation (TMC), a maker of high-performance vibration isolation systems and optical test benches used to isolate highly sensitive instruments for the microelectronics, life sciences, photonics and ultra-precision manufacturing industries.
The privately held manufacturer, headquartered in Peabody, Massachusetts, has estimated annual sales of approximately $30 million (USD).
According to Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK chairman and chief executive officer, "Many high-end analytical instruments, such as scanning electron microscopes and ultra-precision machine tools, require a high level of vibration isolation. TMC ... manufactures life sciences, photonics and semiconductor equipment with a broad range of custom active piezoelectric vibration cancellation systems, based on their patented active piezo technology. [TMC] also [supplies] passive vibration cancellation systems, optical test tables, acoustic isolation hoods and magnetic isolation hoods."
TMC joins AMETEK as part of the Ultra Precision Technologies division of AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group (EIG). Ultra Precision Technologies develops ultra-precision measurement instruments and ultra-precise machine tools and manufacturing systems for the semiconductor, photovoltaic (PV), nanotechnology, military, defence and ophthalmic lens markets.
AMETEK EIG sells its instruments to the process and analytical, aerospace, power and industrial markets worldwide and had 2010 sales of $1.3 billion.