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Thermo Fisher Scientific Expands Materials and Minerals Business in South Australia

March 5, 2008

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced the opening of its new facility in Adelaide, South Australia. Marking a major expansion for the company’s materials and minerals business, the state-of-the-art facility increases the company’s manufacturing footprint in the region. The new building replaces an existing facility and consolidates analyzer production operations in Adelaide.

At the building dedication, Thermo Fisher Scientific president and chief executive officer, Marijn E. Dekkers, said, “We are excited about expanding capacity here in Adelaide in response to extraordinary demand for our inline analysis technologies in emerging markets, particularly Asia and South America. By tapping the deep pool of local skill and talent, we look forward to building on our growth and presence in this region.”

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s materials and minerals business in Adelaide will manufacture cross-belt analyzers, integrated sampling and analysis stations, multi-stream analyzers, and belt scales, supporting a range of industries from cement and coal to plastics and paint. The custom, modern building supports the growing demand for minerals by bolstering the company’s production capabilities in a lean manufacturing environment. Productivity programs such as 5S and PPI will be incorporated into all procedures, helping to shorten lead times, reduce waste, optimize productivity, and increase performance consistency.  

“Our new, highly efficient facility ultimately benefits our customers by enabling Thermo Fisher Scientific to introduce more new products in a shorter amount of time,” said Hans Jensen, vice president and general manager of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s materials and minerals business. “We’re also making a long-term commitment to our customers and the community in Adelaide. As the region and the industry continue to shift and grow, we are now in a position to quickly react and expand with them.”

Serving customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. helps solve analytical challenges from routine testing to complex research and discovery. Thermo Scientific offers customers a complete range of high-end analytical instruments as well as laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables, and reagents to enable integrated laboratory workflow solutions. Fisher Scientific provides a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies, and services. Visit www.thermofisher.com for more information.