Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upturn in Electronics Is Good News for Bede

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upturn in Electronics Is Good News for Bede

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Byline: By Howard Walker

X-ray technology company Bede is seeing a gradual upturn in its fortunes in the light of "strong" demand for its cutting-edge products.

The Durham plc has been through the worst period in its 26-year history following a prolonged downturn in its core semiconductor market.

However, despite reporting losses of pounds 1.8m for the first half of last year, the company said demand was beginning to pick up for its instruments, which measure defects in semiconductors used in a range of electronic devices.

Bede has been pinning its hopes on an upturn in the electronics market because the next generation of microprocessors use incredibly small materials which are hard to measure using traditional non-X-ray methods.

And in a trading update yesterday, Bede reported "strong levels of interest" for its advanced X-ray metrology tools, including returning demand for its larger tools.

The company, which employs around 60 people at its Belmont Business Park HQ, said this had resulted in an order for a BedeMetrix-L tool and multiple orders for its BedeMetrix-F tools, all for delivery in 2004. …

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