Skip to content

About FemtoTools AG

FemtoTools is a Swiss high-tech company that develops and sells high resolution, MEMS-based nanoindenters for applications in metallurgy, thin films, and microsystems technology.

Two technicians intently examining a circuit board, in an advanced technology setting.



As of June 2024, FemtoTools AG is part of Oxford Instruments plc.

Founded in 1959 as the first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University, Oxford Instruments is now a global company providing academic and commercial organisations worldwide with market-leading scientific technology and expertise across its key market segments: Materials Analysis, Healthcare & Life Science, and Semiconductors.

Innovation is the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success, supporting its core purpose to accelerate the breakthroughs that create a brighter future for our world. FemtoTools shares the same values, and we’re excited to become part of Oxford Instruments’ Imaging & Analysis division , expanding the portfolio of tools provided by Oxford Instruments and committing to keep being the technology leaders in nanoindentation.

Oxford Instruments Logo

Richard Tyson, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Instruments plc, said:

"We are delighted that FemtoTools will be joining Oxford Instruments to add to our armoury of materials analysis techniques. The specialist capabilities Felix, Simon and the team have developed will be an excellent addition to our portfolio, enabling us to provide our customers with an even richer range of insights."

Felix Beyeler, co-founder of FemtoTools, said:

"Joining Oxford Instruments is a great opportunity for FemtoTools to quickly reach new customers who are already using Oxford Instruments' tools.  Oxford Instruments' leading reputation and international presence is a great springboard for our next stage of growth and we are super-excited for our future here."

The strategic fit between FemtoTools and Oxford Instruments is evident, as FemtoTools’ products complement Oxford Instruments' existing imaging and analysis portfolio. Our nanoindentation instruments will be synergistic with Oxford Instruments' range of tools, such as electron microscope micro-analysers and Raman microscopes, enhancing the capabilities and applications offered to our combined customer base. This integration will allow us to offer FemtoTools products globally while engaging with our customers locally, providing excellent support and service.

Bringing FemtoTools into the Oxford Instruments Group signifies a powerful consolidation of expertise and resources that promises to push the boundaries of innovation in materials analysis. The combined strengths of both companies will not only broaden the scope of technological advancements but also pave the way for groundbreaking research and development in nanoindentation and beyond. Customers can look forward to an enriched product line and enhanced technological solutions, driving efficiency and precision in their work. This strategic move is set to elevate both FemtoTools and Oxford Instruments to new heights in the scientific community.

Rectangle 8

Nanoindentation Revolutionized: Unleashing the Power of Tomorrow's Technology