EUROPEAN NEWS: Management moves

May 6, 2002
MAY 6--A number of important management moves have taken place recently throughout Europe that merit your attention. They cover new distributors, sales offices, and managerial promotions.

MAY 6--A number of important management moves have taken place recently throughout Europe that merit your attention. They cover new distributors, sales offices, and managerial promotions. These items are exclusive to this Web site.

Precision-Optical Engineering (Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK;, a supplier of interferometry products and accessories, has appointed Honlet Optical Systems GmbH as its central and southern European distributor.

Due to a merger, Hitachi Scientific Instruments (Finchampstead, Workingham, Berkshire, UK; has renamed Nissei Sangyo Co. Ltd. as Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. The new company comprises five sales divisions: scientific instruments, electronic components, materials, factory automation, and medical equipment.

DVT Corp. (Norcross, GA, USA;, a global supplier of machine-vision sensor products, has opened a sales office in Milton Keynes, UK. The company also named Philippe Berger as director of European business development.

Art Systems Ltd. (Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2EU, UK; has been appointed as a mainstream distributor for Hitachi monitors and displays (Westwood, MA, USA;

Keithley Instruments Inc. (Cleveland, OH, USA;, a global supplier of test-and-measurement instruments, has opened branch offices near Helsinki, Finland and in Stockholm, Sweden.

DataCell Ltd. (Finchampstead, Berks, UK;, a value-added reseller and provider of imaging products, has named Ben Privett as industrial business manager and Shaun F. Saber as sales manager for North America (Boston, MA, USA).

Stemmer Imaging GmbH (Puchheim, Germany; has promoted vice president of sales and marketing Christof Zollitsch to chief technology officer.

Syncroscopy (Cambridge, UK;, a supplier of digital imaging systems for microscopy applications, has appointed Martin Smith in charge of International Dealer Support.

Digital Healthcare (Coton, Cambridge, UK;, a developer of imaging platforms for clinical and medical sciences, has named Mark D. Hillhouse as sales director.

Photon Vision Systems Inc. (Homer, NY, USA;, a developer of CMOS-based products and imager technology, has appointed Alrad Instruments Ltd. (Newbury, Berkshire, UK; SVS-Vistek (Seefeld, Germany; as its distributor in Germany.

Optical Society of America (OSA; Washington, DC, USA; has elected Peter Knight, head of the physics department at Imperial College (London, England), vice president in 2002, president elect in 2003, and president in 2004.

Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. (Cambridge, UK;, a developer
of light-emitting polymer technology, has promoted product business-unit director Jeremy Burroughes to chief technology officer.

Industrial Vision Systems Ltd. (Wantage, Oxon, UK;, a NeuroCheck software supplier and integrator of machine-vision systems and applications, has expanded and refurbished its facilities to include CAD design stations, machine-building equipment, and system test and inspection areas. The company also has collaborated with Cardiff University (Wales, UK;, department of mechanical engineering, to develop a NeuroCheck machine-vision laboratory at the university for postgraduates to research various areas of machine control and for research collaboration with industrial partners.

Kane Computing Ltd. (Northwich, Cheshire, UK; has taken over the business previously operated by Kane International Ltd. through its Kane Computing Division. It retains the existing staff, and previous divisional manager, Richard White, is now managing director. The company specialises in digital signal processing tools, development systems and products, and image-processing technology for industrial machine-vision applications.

Matrox VITE Ltd. (Stoke Poges, Bucks, UK; has moved Donald Sievewright to European OEM sales manager of its Video Division and Allan Anderson to sales engineer for the UK territory.

Leica Microsystems Ltd. (Wetzlar, Germany;, a producer of precision optics systems, has named Gerhard Kleineidam deputy chairman of its supervisory board.

OmniVision Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA, USA;, a supplier of CMOS CameraChip imaging platforms, has opened a European office with local design-integration and sales resources in Oakham, England.

Two of the founders and board members of LightLab Imaging LLC (Westford, MA, USA;, James G. Fujimoto and Eric A. Swanson, have been honoured by the Rank Prize Funds for their pioneering work in developing optical-coherence-tomography imaging technology during a ceremony held by the Royal Society of Medicine (London, UK;

Inition Ltd. (London, UK; has been appointed as a reseller of flat-panel displays by Dimension Technologies Inc. (Rochester, NY, USA;

Viscom AG (Hannover, Germany; has expanded its sales network in Germany by adding Wolfgang Herbig of Herbig Technologies Co. in Detmold.

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