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Effective February 15, 2013 Raith and Vistec Lithography announce that they unite their worldwide activities for electron and ion beam lithography and nanofabrication instruments to form one solution provider. Raith has agreed to acquire Vistec Lithography from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.

Raith joins forces with Vistec Lithography

Germany | Posted on February 21st, 2013

Customers benefit from complementary product range and worldwide expertise in support and sales

"Raith´s and Vistec Lithography´s product lines complement each other perfectly and build a most complete range of nanofabrication instruments," says Dr. Ralf Jede, CEO of Raith GmbH. "By bundling our activities under one roof, academic and industry customers will benefit from our conjoined know-how in electron and ion beam applications."

Rainer M. Schmid, General Manager of Vistec Lithography, Inc. completes: "Nanoscale R&D and industrial communities will be able to choose their optimal, application-specific solution from a broad spectrum of nanolithography products."

Erwin Mueller, Managing Director of Vistec Lithography B.V.: "Customers obviously can expect an enhanced level of support due to synergized Support, Service and Sales teams worldwide."

The established contact partners for Support, Service and Sales remain the same. All operational sites of Raith and Vistec Lithography in Dortmund (Germany), in Best (The Netherlands and its branches), in Ronkonkoma and Albany (USA) as well as in Hong Kong will be continued.

The joined forces will strengthen the company´s market presence in the future and lay the foundation for further product line development and growth.


About Raith GmbH
Raith is a leading provider and manufacturer of electron and ion beam lithography systems for nanofabrication. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, the company offers solutions for researchers and engineers in both academic and industry settings. With approximately 120 employees supporting customers in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific region, Raith provides a professional support infrastructure that delivers added value to customers. Raith includes high level universities, academic institutions as well as companies from high technology business among its clientele. For more information please visit

About Vistec

Vistec Lithography develops, manufactures and supports electron-beam lithography tools based on Gaussian Beam technology, culminating more than 40 years of experience under the brands of Philips, Cambridge Instruments and Leica. Gaussian Beam lithography systems made by Vistec are installed in most of the leading edge universities and industry laboratories all over the world. In addition to its production facilities, the company also maintains service and support centers in the USA, Europe, China, India and Korea. For more information please visit

About Golden Gate Capital

Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with over $12 billion of capital under management. The principals of Golden Gate have a long and successful history of investing across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including going-privates, corporate divestitures, and recapitalizations, as well as debt and public equity investments. Other notable semiconductor investments sponsored by Golden Gate Capital include Teridian Semiconductor Corp., Lantiq and Aeroflex. For additional information, visit

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