Oxford Instruments

We are a leading provider of high technology tools and systems for research and industry. We design and manufacture equipment that can fabricate, analyse and manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular level.

The global challenges we face today cannot be addressed without a partnership between the commercial and the academic sectors. We can be the bridge between science and the consumer. Science is capable of developing the solutions to many of society’s problems like the preservation of our environment, conservation of energy and health. Oxford Instruments turns that smart science into commercially successful products.

We have a rich heritage of innovation and excellence. We believe people make the difference and work closely with our employees, our customers and other stakeholders for mutual success. We meet our customers’ needs through advanced technology and service, and we do so with passion, care and pace.


Since its establishment in 1990, FOCUS has been engaged in the field of electron beam evaporation, electron spectroscopy and electron microscopy and in scientific apparatus construction generally.

Innovative products are developed, manufactured and tested in house. At FOCUS, all instruments, the vacuum components as well as the related electronics and software are developed and fabricated with in-house knowhow, on the basis of modern vacuum, electron optics, electronics and software technology, combined with intelligent control concepts.

These include, among others, the electron beam evaporator of the EFM Series, of which over 1000 pieces have been built and sold, worldwide, since 1992. They are used in the production of layers and structures in the atomic or nanometer scale.

For the analytics in nano-technology, FOCUS developed a photo emission electron microscope (PEEM), that is now established worldwide in many nano-analytic labs.

FOCUS products have so far been used mainly for industrial and institutional research and development, as well as for quality management.

For the most part, FOCUS maintains a strong collaboration with different universities and research institutes, thereby ensuring that FOCUS products always meet the latest demands of the high technology branches in the long term.

A number of patents and continuous further development of all products assures and maintains the competitive edge of the company.

With a sound foundation of long experience in the development and construction of electron beam devices, FOCUS has firmly established itself in the field of electron beam welding.

Twente Solid State Technology (TSST)

Twente Solid State Technology (TSST) was founded in 1998 as a spin-off company from the University of Twente, and offers high quality thin film solutions. As a result TSST products can now be found around the world.

The company is specialised in design and production of customised thin film deposition equipment, specifically Pulsed Laser Deposition equipment for advanced studies. An example is the use of Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED) under high-pressure conditions, which gives real-time information about the surface morphology during depositions.

Apart from the equipment, the company also produces ceramic thin films, and offers services for research in the field of ceramic thin films, such as the surface treatment of ceramic substrates. TSST is able to provide these services due to the strong cooperation with the MESA+ institute at the University of Twente. TSST can make use of the laboratories of this research institute.