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Photo Release -- Latest National Geographic Film Features Images From Hillsboro-based FEI

(January 23, 2014)

HILLSBORO, Ore., Jan. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FEI (Nasdaq:FEIC) is pleased to announce its participation in the latest IMAX film, "Mysteries of the Unseen World," by National Geographic. Now showing at the recently-renovated Empirical Theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the big-screen movie features things that are too fast, too slow or too small to be seen with the naked eye. As a leader in electron microscopy, FEI was the exclusive partner in the development of the "too small" portion of the film.



















New IMAX Movie at OMSI
Mysteries of the Unseen World, by National Geographic, playing now.





A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=23211



The world's smallest things are made visible in the movie through FEI's Versa 3D™ DualBeam™ electron microscope. Electron microscopes are thousands of times more powerful than the average light microscope. The movie features images of everyday things, ranging in size from fleas, to blood cells, to atoms and molecules.


"The world of microscopy is shown through some of the most amazing images in this film," said John Williams, FEI's vice president of strategic marketing. "It is truly exciting to be a part of it and to be able to show people things that exist all around them, but they are unable to see, until now. I think the film will be very beneficial in helping to get students at various grade levels interested and engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)."




OMSI recently renovated its 300-seat, four-story giant screen theater and reopened in December 2013. The projection system is entirely digital with 4K technology and 3D capability, making it possible to show a greater range of content than ever before, including live satellite feeds and Blu-ray. Additionally, OMSI is the first museum in North America – and the first science center in the world – to feature a state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos surround sound system. Visitor comfort was also enhanced. Seats were replaced with tables in select upper rows to provide more legroom with the added benefit of a convenient eating place.



FEI employees and their families will view the movie at OMSI during an employee event on January 28. About 900 people are expected to fill the Empirical Theater in three separate showings over the course of the evening.



"Mysteries of the Unseen World" is now showing daily at 11 am and 3 pm at OMSI, visit https://www.omsi.edu/empirical-theater for pricing or to purchase tickets.



More information about FEI can be found at www.fei.com.



About FEI



FEI Company (Nasdaq:FEIC) designs, manufactures and supports a broad range of high-performance microscopy workflow solutions that provide images and answers at the micro-, nano- and picometer scales. Its innovation and leadership enable customers in industry and science to increase productivity and make breakthrough discoveries. Headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., USA, FEI has over 2,500 employees and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world. More information can be found at: www.fei.com.



About OMSI



Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.



FEI Safe Harbor Statement



This news release contains forward-looking statements that include statements regarding the performance capabilities and benefits of FEI microscopes. Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to our ability to manufacture, ship, deliver and install the tools or software as expected; failure of the product or technology to perform as expected; unexpected technology problems and challenges; changes to the technology; the inability of FEI, its suppliers or project partners to make the technological advances required for the technology to achieve anticipated results; and the inability of the customer to deploy the tools or develop and deploy the expected new applications. Please also refer to our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms 8-K and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information on these factors and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. FEI assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements.



The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.


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FEI Company
Fletcher Chamberlin (investors and analysts)
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fletcher.chamberlin@fei.com



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