MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS UP IN JUNE MCCLEAN, VA — June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $355.43 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 4.6 percent from May’s $339.86 million but down 13.2 percent when compared with the total of $409.68 million reported for June 2014. With a year-to-date total of $2,157.64 million, 2015 was down 8.7 percent when compared with 2014. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. f “This monthly boost in orders is good news at face value, but belies an overall sense of concern in U.S. manufacturing,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “There was noteworthy activity in the aerospace, off road/highway construction, automotive, and contract machining industries. But if not for a dozen or so standout orders from those industries, it could have been another down month. Economic uncertainty both here and internationally continues to cause concern and hesitation to invest in capital equipment, yet opportunities remain within several core industry sectors.” The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, compiled by the trade association representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. U. S. CUTTING TOOL CONSUMPTION DOWN 1 PERCENT IN JUNE MCCLEAN, VA — June U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $188.7 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 9 percent from May’s total and down 1 percent from June 2014. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals actually reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools. “The momentum has definitely slowed in the second quarter of the year and has brought us to a relatively flat position compared to 2014 as we hit the halfway mark. Many economic indicators look solid as the auto industry and aerospace production have a positive outlook so we remain cautiously optimistic that we will see tepid growth through the remainder of the year,” said Tom Haag, president of USCTI. The Cutting Tool Market Report is jointly compiled by AMT and USCTI, two trade associations representing the development, production and distribution of cutting tool technology and products. It provides a monthly statement on U.S. manufacturers’ consumption of the primary consumable in the manufacturing process – the cutting tool. Analysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. manufacturing activity, as it is a true measure of actual production levels. Historical data for the Cutting Tool Market Report is available dating back to January 2012. This collaboration of AMT and USCTI is the first step in the two associations working together to promote and support U.S.-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology. ECONOMIC SENTIMENT AMONG MANUFACTURERS SOFTENS FROM RECENT RECORD HIGH LEVELS NEW YORK — Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy softened in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the previous nine-year high recorded in the first quarter among U.S. industrial manufacturers, according to the Q2 2015 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC US. Respondents also trimmed overall growth forecasts and spending plans, reflecting caution around the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and potential rise in domestic interest rates, as well as continued uncertainty regarding the direction of global economy. Optimism regarding the prospects of the U.S. economy during the next 12 months decreased to a still healthy 69 percent among manufacturers in the second quarter of 2015, compared to 76 percent in the first quarter, but up from 65 percent in the second quarter of 2014. Optimism about the world economy declined to 38 percent, compared to 42 percent in the previous quarter. Reflecting the reduced sentiment, projected company revenue growth for the next 12 months slowed to 4.9 percent in the second quarter, compared to 5.1 percent in the previous quarter. “As a result of several macroeconomic factors taking shape, U.S. industrial manufacturers seem to be taking a more measured view of business conditions in the year ahead,” said Bobby Bono, U.S. industrial manufacturing leader, PwC. “Slower GDP growth, the impact of the strong dollar, issues in China and uncertainty in Europe are among the developments that are likely causing industrial manufacturers to reassess the broader economic picture, as well as spending plans across a range of categories. Still, the overall outlook for U.S. industrial manufacturers appears to be positive, marked by relatively high levels of optimism regarding both the domestic economy and company revenue growth forecasts.” Reflecting the more cautious outlook, operational spending plans dropped to 75 percent, down from a two year high of 83 percent in the first quarter. Looking at sequential changes among the top spending categories, plans for new products or service introductions dropped to 44 percent from 55 percent, while research and development decreased to 34 percent from 40 percent and information technology decreased to 22 percent from 33 percent during the first quarter. “While these spending decreases are notable, we believe they reflect more of a pause in sentiment, as management teams evaluate strategies to adjust to evolving market conditions, including the possibility of Federal Reserve action later this year” Bono added. According to the survey, sentiment regarding capital spending also trailed off with only 34 percent of respondents indicating plans for major new investments of capital in the year ahead, down from 52 percent in the first quarter. Following the recent trend, plans for M&A moderated during the second quarter as well, with 29 percent of respondents indicating an interest, compared to 43 percent in the first quarter and 38 percent in the second quarter of last year. Looking at perceived headwinds, survey respondents identified lack of demand, legislative/regulatory pressures and monetary exchange rate as the top perceived barriers to growth in the year ahead. Concern about monetary exchange rate showed the biggest gain, rising to 37 percent of respondents, up from 21 percent in the first quarter. In addition, lack of demand rose to 39 percent, up ten points sequentially, while legislative/regulatory pressure jumped to 39 percent as well, up from 33 percent in the first quarter. Of interest, the perceived barrier of lack of qualified workers dropped to 24 percent in the second quarter from 35 percent in the first quarter, representing the lowest level in six quarters. The reduced anxiety regarding identifying qualified workers dovetailed with a flat (52 percent) indication sequentially regarding plans to hire more workers in the year ahead. “It’s too early to tell,” Bono added. “But, the softer outlook might be reducing some of the nearterm pressure on management teams to add more workers, though the shortage in skilled workers, or the talent gap, remains a long-term challenge across the sector.” With regard to global expansion, only 12 percent of manufacturers plan to expand to new markets abroad, and nine percent plan for new facilities abroad, both continuing a trend of reduced overseas expansion seen in recent quarters. Along similar lines, among respondents with international operations, the projected contribution from international sales to total revenue over the next 12 months remained in line with the first quarter at 27 percent, the lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2006. PwC’s survey also included a section on the stronger U.S. dollar, which found that 82 percent of respondents expect an impact on revenues, average 3. 5 percent, in the year ahead. In view of the stronger dollar, panelists believe reform of U.S. corporate taxes might be helpful (53 percent very/extremely helpful) to their own companies’ bottom line over the next 12-18 months. Three other U.S. government actions were also cited as potentially helpful: more sensible U.S. regulations, including financial regulations (49 percent); repatriation of U.S. companies’ international profits at low tax rates, less than 10 percent (39 percent); and international trade treaties with Asia: China, India, Japan (33 percent). In addition, a majority of panelists believe the stronger dollar may lead to new or strengthened strategic alliances (47 percent) or new or strengthened joint ventures (31 percent) over the next 12-18 months. STUDENTS ENJOY ‘INSIGHTFUL’ RENISHAW WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK GLOUCESTERSHIRE ENGLAND — More than 40 school students have enjoyed a week’s work experience at the Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire headquarters of metrology company Renishaw. Students learned about the business and undertook their own research and development project to design a new measurement system. The 42 students came from 13 different schools across England and Wales, with one student traveling from in the United States to attend the week of hands-on work experience, the first such week Renishaw has organized. Julie Collins, Renishaw’s education liaison manager, said, “Each year we give one-week work experience placements to around 70 students. Whilst this has generally worked well, we decided this year to run a pilot scheme which was more project-based and which we felt would give students experience of working in teams to tackle realistic engineering challenges.” Throughout the week, the students, aged between 14 and 17, worked in groups of six to investigate, create and develop a working prototype model of a measuring machine which could operate without the need for compressed air. Each student had an important role to play within their group, from marketing and design, to production, purchasing and project management, with the overall objective of the project being to simulate working in a research and development team at Renishaw. Group Engineering Director Geoff McFarland said, “The week of work experience was hugely successful. The students seemed to thoroughly enjoy their time at Renishaw, and we were delighted to have so many enthusiastic potential engineers at our New Mills headquarters. Many people have memories of work experiences spent making cups of tea, but we wanted to give the students a hands-on, real-life experience that they would face if they worked at Renishaw, and I think we achieved that.” Feedback from the students was very positive, with one pupil from Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School in Wottonunder- Edge saying, “The Renishaw work experience was great. Being my first work experience week, I had no idea what to expect, but Renishaw left a good impression.” Another student, from Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, Bristol, noted, “It was really good to see how the process works and much more hands on than other work experience I’ve done,” whilst a final year student from Thomas Keble School, Stroud, said, “It was a really good work experience because it was hands on and gave a really good insight to a job at Renishaw and in the engineering industry.” NORTH AMERICAN PLASTICS ALLIANCE CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNIVERSARY WASHINGTON—The North American Plastics Alliance, a group comprised of North America’s four leading plastics industry associations, celebrated its four-year anniversary this year. The Alliance was formed in 2011 when the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association joined forces to more effectively coordinate the organizations’ shared priorities of promoting the plastics industry, advocating on its behalf and moving the entire industry forward through product stewardship programs and other efforts designed to facilitate plastics recycling and energy recovery. In March 2015, the Alliance welcomed its newest member, the Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico, AC (ANIPAC), bringing the Alliance’s membership to four and increasing its ability to advocate on behalf of plastics throughout the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) region. “During the past four years, NAPA has established a strong track record of collaborating to tackle some of the plastics industry’s most pressing issues through the combined efforts of our organizations. We have become more efficient and effective in delivering value to our members, and in raising the profile and reputation of the entire plastics industry,” said William R. Carteaux, SPI president and CEO. “NAPA’s continued success is proof that the issues our industry faces will not be solved alone and that the plastics industry has the greatest impact when it speaks with one resounding voice.” “NAPA’s greatest successes have been in working together on shared advocacy challenges, developing solutions to improve recycling and recovery of used plastics, and in keeping plastic out of our oceans,” said Steve Russell, vice president of the Plastics Division of ACC. “Together our organizations have been able to leverage our respective skills and resources to achieve more than would have been possible working alone.” “Not only do plastics manufacturers located throughout North America face many of the same challenges, but the organizations that represent these companies, like CPIA, SPI, ANIPAC and ACC, face their own issues every day in providing value to their members,” said Carol Hochu, president and CEO of CPIA. “Through NAPA we’ve been able to strengthen each of our organizations, resulting in better service, better products and better value to every plastics company that is taking advantage of the outstanding offerings put forth by membership in a NAPA-aligned trade association.” NAPA’s newest member, Martha G. Alva, CEO of ANIPAC, said “As of March 2015, ANIPAC is formally part of NAPA. This venture will be of great value as the Mexican association will be able to exchange experience and knowledge with its equivalents in Canada and USA. The new channel of communication will allow the development of joint solutions to common issues and the design of better strategies to strengthen the plastic industry in North America.” BUSINESS NEWS HEXAGON METROLOGY announced the opening of two new Hexagon Metrology Solution Centers in Milwaukee and Wilmington, DE. Located in premier areas of the country for manufacturing and technology, the offices will include a training center and a technology showroom available for customer demonstrations, seminars, and more. Project managers, sales, service and application engineers will be locally based and dispatched from each center. “HxGN LIVE Local” Grand Opening events are planned for Fall 2015, and will feature ribbon cuttings and refreshments, customer forums, networking opportunities, product demonstrations and valuable one-on-one sessions with Hexagon Metrology experts. The Milwaukee Solution Center will facilitate training and support for local manufacturers in Wisconsin and the Milwaukee region, which produce industrial controls, medical imaging equipment, mining machinery, lowemission engines, advanced aviation systems, monorails and much more. The center is located at 20900 Swenson Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186. The Wilmington Solution Center will offer training and customer support for local manufacturers in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving industries such as shipbuilding, automotive, food processing, and more. The center is located at 800 First State Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19804. OPTICAL GAGING PRODUCTS, a division of QUALITY VISION INTERNATIONAL, recently unveiled plans for the expansion of its customer center in Rochester, NY. The 4,500 square foot addition will double the size of the existing applications lab and showroom, and create a dedicated metrology training center for OGP customers and representatives. The new equipment demonstration center will feature a precision climate controlled lab for high accuracy applications work and gage repeatability and reproducibility studies, as well as expanded office and conference space for the OGP applications engineering staff. “Thanks to our growing business we are pleased to be making this expansion,” said OGP President R. Stephen Flynn. “Not only has OGP added larger travel versions of our industry leading SmartScope models, we’ve also added new products including the VICI Vision shaft measuring systems, and QVI FlexPoint systems. This doubling of our OGP Customer Center will provide adequate demonstration and training space for our larger and ever growing metrology product offerings.” “Demand for our SmartScope multisensor measurement systems and our recently introduced ZONE3 software remains high as global manufacturers continue to invest in quality and process control as leverage for earning and retaining new business and market share. Our systems are instrumental to many manufacturers’ quality programs,” Flynn said. The new facility is scheduled to open in December 2015. The OGP Customer Center expansion is the third major facility expansion on QVI’s Rochester campus in the past year. Quality Vision International is the world’s largest vision metrology company. Founded in 1945, QVI is the world leader in optical, electronic and software technologies for dimensional measurement systems. The company’s headquarters and primary manufacturing complex is located in Rochester, NY. QVI operates regional technical centers in Dayton, Phoenix, Frankfurt, Budapest, Bangalore, Singapore, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Suzhou, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. RENISHAW recently marked a major milestone in its growth with the opening of its new 153,000 square foot Innovation Center in the U.K. The $31 million facility, located at company headquarters near Wottonunder- Edge, Gloucestershire, was formally opened in early July. The Renishaw Innovation Center gives the company additional space to house research and development and corporate services staff, as well as demonstration, training and conference facilities. The additional space also enables Renishaw’s spectroscopy and laser calibration product lines to relocate to the company headquarters site. This first phase of the development includes planning permission to expand by another 77,000 square feet. The company’s investment program also includes the opening of a new R&D operation within the faculty of electrical engineering at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, as well as other new construction in the UK. At the opening event for the Innovation Center, David McMurtry, Renishaw’s chairman and chief executive, said: “This is one of a series of significant investments that we are making to secure our growth in the UK and our many overseas markets. This building on its own represents a £20 million investment ($31 million) and I would like to thank all of the Renishaw employees and our contractors who have worked incredibly hard to deliver such a high quality facility.” As part of the celebration for the new Innovation Center, HRH, The Princess Royal, presented the company with its 18th Queen’s Award, this one for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The then Princess Anne last visited Renishaw in 1980 when the company had just one facility and employed around 100 people, a vast difference from today when the business has more than 4,000 employees in the UK and at wholly owned subsidiary operations in 31 countries. Inside the Renishaw Innovation Centre, all 40 meeting rooms are named after British innovators, primarily in the fields of science and engineering, but also innovators local to Renishaw’s headquarters site, such as Tyndale, Jenner and Pitman. The main conferencing facility is named after UK engineering icon Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was responsible for many well-known structures in the West of England region including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the ss Great Britain. Other rooms are dedicated to significant innovators including Whittle, Faraday, Lovelace, Haslett, Babbage, Turing, Caxton and Stephenson. “This excellent new building is a place we hope will inspire people, and while it is very much focused on the future, we are also keen to honor those British innovators who have helped us as a society get to where we are today,” said McMurtry. Renishaw received its Queen’s Award for the development and manufacture of its RESOLUTE family of non-contact, optical position feedback devices. RESOLUTE enables a leap in performance for motion control systems used in manufacturing and other environments. SPATIAL CORP., a provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing and engineering solutions, announced that 3DCompoware, a Japanese reseller of 3D software components, has become a Spatial reseller. By providing extended 3D software solutions to Independent Software Vendors and software developers, Spatial and 3DCompoware are positioned to extend the reach into new markets in Japan. As a trusted partner in the industry for nearly 30 years, Spatial’s 3D software development toolkits include technologies such as 3D InterOp, 3D ACISÒ, CGM, and CDS, as well as services and support. Through this reseller partnership, 3DCompoware is able to extend Spatial’s offerings and provide an even wider range of solutions to Spatial’s customers. “Leveraging 3DCompoware’s CEO, Junichiro Kochi’s vast knowledge and experience in selling Spatial’s 3D solutions, provides us the opportunity to dramatically expand our business in Japan,” stated Jay Millar, vice president of worldwide sales, Spatial Corp. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with a trusted colleague and maintaining a high-level of customer service to the Japanese market.” “After working for Spatial for 14 years as the general manager, Spatial Asia, I have made many relationships with CAD/CAM/CAE vendors and I look forward to continuing to support Spatial’s customers as well as Spatial’s Japanese sales team,” stated Junichiro Kochi, founder & CEO of 3DCompoware. “As a reseller for Spatial Corp, we will focus on many new industries including medical, maintenance or support, AEC, heavy industry, cloud-based solutions, and Industry 4.0.” INDUSTRIAL PHYSICS ROW HOLDINGS acquired RAY-RAN TEST EQUIPMENT, based in the United Kingdom. Ray-Ran is a global manufacturer of materials testing equipment for the polymer industry. Industrial Physics is the parent company of: Testing Machines Inc., USA; CMC Kuhnke, Germany; Messmer Buchel, Netherlands; and FIBRO System AB, Sweden. “We are very excited about this acquisition,” said Karl Boone, CEO of Industrial Physics. “Ray-Ran Test Equipment Ltd. Is an excellent fit within our platform of material testing instrumentation. The Ray-Ran product portfolio will further expand our offerings to the Plastics industry. In keeping with our business structure,” said Boone, “we will maintain and build upon the Ray-Ran brand.” “Industrial Physics is keeping my existing team in place and providing them the tools and capital to grow the business,” says Neill Rayson-Randle, former owner and managing director. “I am confident I am leaving the company in good hands and that will benefit our customers and our employees.” Under its new ownership, Andrew Lineker will assume the position of managing director. “Ray-Ran is an outstanding organization with an excellent reputation in the marketplace,” said Lineker, who succeeds Neil Rayson- Randle as the managing director. “We are proud of the hard work and dedication of our employees, which have allowed our company to grow. We are certain the synergies between both companies will accelerate our future growth plans.” CONFERENCE NEWS The COORDINATE METROLOGY SOCIETY announced its 2015 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference attracted a who’s who of industry leaders in the field of 3D portable metrology. The 31st annual event was held from July 20–24 at the Diplomat Hotel on the white sand beach of Hollywood, Fla. The CMSC is where measurement professionals convene for the transfer of knowledge from technology veterans and solution providers. The premier event attracted metrologists from 13 countries around the world, including a number of new attendees. The CMS focused heavily on expanding access to career enhancement programming, and launched an all new Measurement Zone with daily activities, which was well received by conference delegates. The CMS prides itself on the open, educational atmosphere cultivated at the CMSC. The event not only attracted the top brass in the industry, but a broad spectrum of representatives including manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, metrologists, educators, and students. All attendees were encouraged to discuss applications, seek solutions, and explore the newest technology advancements from OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software and peripheral Inspirational keynote speaker Dana Bowman parachuted down to the hotel beach “on target” and greeted CMSC attendees. Bowman, a retired Sergeant First Class and member of the U.S. Army’s elite Golden Knights parachute team, kicked off the conference with his “life without limits” story on Tuesday morning. A double amputee due to a parachuting accident, Bowman has inspired audiences all over the world. He was the first double amputee to reenlist in the Army and later become the Golden Knight’s lead speaker and recruiting commander during his 20-year military career. As in years past, the 2015 conference delivered an impressive slate of 19 authoritative white papers and application presentations provided by CMS members, special industry guests, and master users of portable measurement technology. Industry experts discussed their successful use of 3D coordinate measurement systems for a variety of applications from aerospace assembly to shipbuilding to automotive inspection. The agenda included speakers from BMW Manufacturing Company, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman Aerospace, The Boeing Company, Naval Surface Warfare Center, FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH& Co. (Germany), Argonne National Laboratory, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), National Physical Laboratory (NPLUK), UNC Charlotte, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada), Leibniz University at Hannover (Germany) and other leaders in the field. The CMSC’s career enhancement programming included the CMS level-one and level-two certification examinations, an expanded Measurement Zone with five educational zones, laser tracker and advanced user competitions, practical workshops and a packed Exhibition Hall featuring the latest trends and brightest minds serving the technology needs of the portable measurement marketplace. The CMSC Exhibitor Hall was abundant with new product introductions, technology previews, and end-to-end solutions. The well-rounded conference also included evening networking events, user group meetings, a popular 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/ Walk, and the annual CMSC Banquet with entertainment. PEOPLE NEWS ASQ awarded its Richard A. Freund International Scholarship to RICHARD LU, who is pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management at California Polytechnic State University-Pomona. Lu, of Riverside, Calif., was awarded the $5,000 scholarship, which is named after a past ASQ president and supports a quality professional’s graduate studies. In addition to his studies, Lu is an engineer for the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, which engineers, builds, buys and maintains ships, submarines and combat systems. “The high level of quality that is expected in the modern world is too often taken for granted,” Lu said. “This scholarship will help me finish my master’s program so I can further develop and influence the importance of quality to others. I am very grateful and excited for the opportunities this scholarship provides to me.” Chuck Aubrey, Freund Scholarship committee chair and ASQ past chair, said Lu’s work experiences and academic success make him deserving of the scholarship. “His passion for quality, and his desire to promote quality, is apparent in his attention to detail and excellent work ethics in his studies and work experience,” Aubrey said. “This scholarship will help Richard continue his studies and impact the quality profession.” Lowell announced that UDAYA JOSHI joined the company as its new quality assurance and CI Leader. Joshi comes to Lowell with extensive experience in quality, project management, compliance and regulations including leadership experience at companies such as Actuant, Donaldson and TE Connectivity. In addition, he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP, CQE and CQM. “I’m really looking forward to the continuous improvement of our QMS, GMPs, COQ, and automation of the business processes. Initially I’ll focus on our CAPA, Validation Plans, IQOQPQ, PPAP, APQPCP and SPC tools. We need to move at a fast pace to support our customer’s growing need for Quality partnerships across the entire supply chain,” he said. Rick Cullen, Lowell senior vice president, said, “Udaya’s extensive experience leading Quality departments at larger companies make him a key addition to our industry leading team. We are excited to leverage his background as we continue our rapid growth.” Shimadzu Corporation named KATSUAKI KAITO president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. Kaito will be responsible for all sales and management functions for SSI, the American subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation (Kyoto, Japan). He takes the place of former SSI President Shuzo Maruyama, who was promoted to general manager of the analytical and measuring division. Kaito has developed extensive knowledge and leadership skills through a variety of roles at Shimadzu. He first joined the company’s liquid chromatography department 32 years ago. During his career at Shimadzu, Kaito has spent 14 years performing R&D functions and 18 years in a manufacturing position. Kaito was president of Shimadzu USA Manufacturing from 2003 to 2008, and since then has served as general manager of the analytical and measuring instruments plant. Kaito earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tokyo. MARKUS LUSSER is the new president and director of Leica Microsystems, headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany. He succeeds Andries Peter Jan van den Broek, who has left the company. Before joining Leica Microsystems, Markus Lusser was vice president global sales and customer support with Sciex. Sciex produces analysis instruments and, like Leica Microsystems, belongs to the U.S. company, Danaher Corporation. Lusser holds an electrical engineering degree in telecommunications and electronics from the College of Electrical Engineering in Innsbruck, Austria. His professional career includes a 20-year tenure at Siemens Healthcare, most recently as vice president global sales and marketing for Siemens’ molecular imaging business. In his new role with Leica Microsystems, Lusser assumes leadership over a major worldwide developer and manufacturer of microscopes and scientific analysis instruments. The company offers innovative, application- oriented solutions for the inspection and evaluation of micro- and nano-structures in a wide range of markets. Products such as the new Leica DVM6 digital microscope help users improve efficiency when performing quality control in the industrial field, while high-end surgical microscopes offer neurosurgeons outstanding functionality and ergonomics. In life science research, the most recent innovation, the Leica TCS SP8 DLS, unites the world of confocal and light sheet microscopy to reveal development processes in living organisms. “We are pleased that Markus Lusser has taken on this challenge within the Danaher group,” says Dan Daniel, executive vice president, Danaher Corporation. “He and his team will focus on Leica Microsystems’ further growth. I am convinced that also in the future Leica Microsystems’ customers will benefit from innovative products and solutions.” “I’m delighted with my new assignment at Leica Microsystems,” says Lusser. “This company has set standards within Danaher. Over the past few weeks I have experienced the innovative strength of Leica Microsystems. And I have seen the passion with which our team fulfills customer requirements in industry, medicine, and research, collaborating with them to develop solutions. I am looking forward to being part of the successful future of the company.”
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