updated 11/14/2010 5:16:56 PM ET 2010-11-14T22:16:56

BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FEI Company (Nasdaq:FEIC), has launched a website for natural resources as part of an increased focus on the mining and oil & gas industries. The website will serve as a technical and educational resource regarding FEI solutions, such as automated mineralogy, for mining, oil & gas and geosciences. The website can be viewed at www.fei-natural-resources.com .

According to Dr. Paul Scagnetti, FEI Natural Resources Division vice president and general manager, "FEI acquired Intellection and the MLA business of JKTech in 2009, and has successfully integrated these organizations into one business group—the FEI Natural Resources Division, based in Brisbane, Australia. Resources companies are under increasing pressure to increase their recovery while being less impactful on the environment. Our dedicated natural resources solutions described on the website enable our customers to perform quantitative petrographic analysis to achieve those aims. Our solutions are based on over ten years of database and algorithm development to ensure speed and accuracy of the results."  

FEI's automated mineralogy suite, which includes the QEMSCAN® and Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA) products, enables mining and oil extraction companies to reduce uncertainty in operational decisions, increasing the likelihood of more successful exploration and more efficient production. It is a high-throughput analysis solution that provides quantitative mineralogical data on a wide range of geological samples. In mining, this data enables engineers to optimize mineral processing and mine planning. In oil & gas exploration, the data enables geologists to develop improved reservoir models.

For more information, please visit http://www.fei-natural-resources.com .

About FEI

FEI (Nasdaq:FEIC) is a leading diversified scientific instruments company. It is a premier provider of electron- and ion-beam microscopes and tools for nanoscale applications across many industries: industrial and academic materials research, life sciences, semiconductors, data storage, natural resources and more. With more than 60 years of technological innovation and leadership, FEI has set the performance standard in transmission electron microscopes (TEM), scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and DualBeams™, which combine a SEM with a focused ion beam (FIB). FEI's imaging systems provide 3D characterization, analysis and modification/prototyping with resolutions down to the sub-Angstrom (one-tenth of a nanometer) level. FEI's NanoPorts in North America, Europe and Asia provide centers of technical excellence where its world-class community of customers and specialists collaborate. Headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., USA, FEI has approximately 1800 employees and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world. More information can be found at: www.fei-natural-resources.com .

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FEI Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include statements regarding the performance capabilities and benefits of the FEI Natural Resources Automated Mineralogy Technology Suite. Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to failure of the product or technology to perform as expected and achieve anticipated results, unexpected technology problems and our ability to manufacture, ship and deliver the tools or software as expected. Please also refer to our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms 8-K and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information on these factors and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. FEI assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements.

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