updated 3/30/2011 1:46:38 PM ET 2011-03-30T17:46:38

HILLSBORO, Ore., March 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FEI (Nasdaq:FEIC), a diversified instruments company, today announced the Internet availability of proxy materials for its 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Notice and Access rule. FEI's proxy materials can now be found at http://investor.fei.com/annual_proxy_2011.cfm. Adoption of the Notice and Access procedures helps FEI to reduce printing and mailing costs and the impact of the Annual Meeting on the environment. 

The Notice and Access rule provides an alternative to the traditional approach of delivering a printed set of proxy materials to each shareholder. Companies deliver a "Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials" to shareholders, provide Internet access to the proxy materials and provide a set of printed materials by mail to any shareholder who requests them. FEI's shareholders may obtain hard copies of proxy materials free of charge by following the instructions provided in the "Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials" which is being mailed to shareholders. FEI's annual meeting of shareholders will be held at the company headquarters at 5350 N.E. Dawson Creek Drive, Hillsboro, Oregon at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time on May 12, 2011.

About FEI Company

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 globally and across many industries: industrial and academic materials research, life sciences, semiconductors, data storage, natural resources and more. With a history of over 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 has approximately 1,800 employees and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world. More information can be found at: www.fei.com.

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