PANalytical Acquires Pixirad

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  • Published: Feb 8, 2017
  • Source: PANalytical
  • Channels: X-ray Spectrometry
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Almelo, the Netherlands. February 8, 2017.

PANalytical has today confirmed that its parent company Spectris plc has acquired Pixirad Srl., an Italian technology company that develops and distributes high performance X-ray detectors. The business will be integrated into PANalytical within Spectris’ Materials Analysis division. Pixirad was established in 2012 under the spin-off programme of the Instituto Nationale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN). The detector know-how was originally developed through research into advanced particle physics and space research technologies and has been further improved by Pixirad for use with high energetic X-rays.

PANalytical sells the Pixirad detectors as a top-of-the-range option for its Empyrean X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument, used for various materials analysis applications. An example of the exciting applications for the Pixirad detector-enabled Empyrean is the study of the characteristics of Li-ion batteries as they are run through repeated charge-discharge cycles. Demand for Li-ion batteries and the applications they are used in are growing significantly. The added insight brought from the Empyrean instrument helps developers and manufacturers understand the causes of performance reduction thereby demonstrating how technological advances originating from fundamental research in the field of nuclear physics can be made relevant for solving societal problems.

The combination of Pixirad's know-how with PANalytical’s expertise in solutions utilising advanced X-ray detectors will result in rapid expansion of the range applications addressed by existing and future instruments.

Spectris is a well-respected and long-established supplier of productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls. Headquartered and listed in the UK, Spectris employs around 8,900 people in more than 30 countries.

About PANalytical

PANalytical’s mission is to enable people to get valuable insight into their materials and processes. Our customers can be found in virtually every industry segment, from building materials to pharmaceuticals and from metals and mining to nanomaterials. The combination of our software and instrumentation, based on X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray scattering, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy as well as pulsed fast thermal neutron activation (PFTNA), provides our customers with highly reliable and robust elemental and structural information on their materials and is applied in scientific research and industrial process and quality control. PANalytical employs over 1,000 people worldwide. The company’s headquarters are in Almelo, the Netherlands. Fully equipped application laboratories are established in Japan, China, the US, Brazil, and the Netherlands. PANalytical’s research activities are based in Almelo (NL). Supply and competence centers are located on two sites in the Netherlands: Almelo (X-ray instruments) and Eindhoven (X-ray tubes), in Nottingham, UK (XRF applications and standards), in Quebec, Canada (fusion sample preparation) and in Boulder CO, US (near-infrared instruments). PANalytical is active in all but a few countries of the world. This worldwide sales and service network ensures unrivalled levels of customer support. For more information, please visit

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