Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

In Their Own Words: Companies Share Their Stories of Globalization Continue the Conversation by Sharing Your Story at Www.post- Gazette.Com

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

In Their Own Words: Companies Share Their Stories of Globalization Continue the Conversation by Sharing Your Story at Www.post- Gazette.Com

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Aspex Corp.

A leading provider of integrated microanalysis solutions, Aspex Corp. was founded in 1992 as a response to the limitations and costs associated with traditional scanning electron microscopy. Soon after, it was the first to introduce the personalized scanning electron microscopy. The two-in-one product not only positioned Aspex as a force in the microscopy community, but also gave the company a platform for global expansion.

Today, Aspex Corp.'s systems rapidly and automatically detect, identify and document contaminants in process materials and defects in a product, enabling the user to understand and control the purity of the process. Aspex can support factory floor quality control applications in a wide range of industries such as: metals, aerospace, automotive, forensics, industrial automation, defense and pharmaceutical.

The company currently supports companies like Nucor Steel, the number one recycling steel company in the United States, and Mercedes Benz, a luxury automotive maker in Germany, as well as providing similar solutions to industrial companies in countries such as Canada, Brazil, India, China, Germany, Russia and Japan.

Aspex has grown 60 percent over the last two years through global expansion. The company has not only created over 35 new jobs locally, but has experienced a sustainable 25 percent increase in overall revenue for the last five years, despite the tumultuous economic climate.

In January 2012, Aspex expanded its global reach further after negotiating an acquisition by FEI, the world leader in the production and distribution of electron microscopes. Specifically attracted to Aspex's innovative work in the natural resources market, FEI will be using the company's industrial solutions in North America, Europe, and Asia in more than 50 countries around the world.

Timothy Drake

Director of Market Development, Aspex Corp., an FEI company

Bayer

For me, Pittsburgh International Airport is truly my international hub. It is my gateway to the world of Bayer, the family I have belonged to for 22 years. While many people take a bus or taxi to travel from meeting to meeting, I find myself catching another flight to Germany, the home to Bayer's global headquarters. There have been times in my career when I did this every other week, which translates into a lot of interaction with my German colleagues.

Recently, I was at the airport waiting at my gate for an international flight. Most often, I am one of the first to board the plane, as I try to beat the crowd.

As I waited, the carrier announced that families with babies should board first (I can appreciate this, as I am a parent of three). I didn't really pay attention to this announcement, since there generally aren't too many families and babies on these business flights.

Then suddenly, I saw a grinning face of a younger gentleman. …

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