Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Plan to Restructure to Sharpen the Company's Main Focus

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, a leading provider of plasma etch and deposition systems, has announced a restructuring that will sharpen the focus on its main target customer groups, and build on the Company’s existing strengths in its markets.

Effective April 1st 2013, the Company has been redefined into three discrete Business Groups, made up of multi-disciplined teams which will be directly aligned to the needs of its customers.

The Groups will encompass product management, technical review and sales support, product and process configuration and development, backed by the Company’s excellent sales and customer support teams worldwide.

“We are confident that our decision to reshape the Company will result in even better effectiveness, innovation and customer experience. Our customers are the key to Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology’s success, and we are sure that this structural change will enhance our customers’ experience through the increased focus our teams will bring to bear on their areas of expertise,” comments Dan Ayres, Managing Director at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, “Our business has trebled in size since 2006, and building on the success of recent years, we are creating a structure and environment aligned with our strategy that supports our further growth.”

Dan Ayres continues, “It is important that we respond to the needs of our customers, by better aligning ourselves to the markets we address, to ensure maximum product performance. In today’s demanding markets, we have taken the opportunity at the start of our financial year to restructure and focus on this challenge. This, together with the confidence that our strategy and investment in product and process will drive further expansion in the near future, will enable our business to grow both efficiently and profitably.”

About Oxford Instruments plc

Oxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications.

It provides solutions needed to advance fundamental physics research and its transfer into commercial nanotechnology applications.

Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for over 50 years, and its strategy is to effect the successful commercialisation of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion.

The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University over fifty years ago, Oxford Instruments is now a global company with over 1900 staff worldwide and is listed on the FTSE250 index of the London Stock Exchange (OXIG). Its objective is to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the research and industrial sectors.

This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature, high magnetic field and ultra high vacuum environments, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, X-ray, electron and optical based metrology, and advanced growth, deposition and etching.

Oxford Instruments aims to pursue responsible development and deeper understanding of our world through science and technology. Its products, expertise, and ideas address global issues such as energy, environment, security and health.

About Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology offers flexible, configurable process tools and leading-edge processes for the precise, controllable and repeatable engineering of micro- and nano-structures.

Our systems provide process solutions for the etching of nanometre sized features, nanolayer deposition and the controlled growth of nanostructures. These solutions are based on core technologies in plasma-enhanced deposition and etch, ion-beam deposition and etch, atomic layer deposition, deep silicon etch and physical vapour deposition.

Products range from compact stand-alone systems for R&D, through batch tools and up to clustered cassette-to-cassette platforms for high-throughput production processing.

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