Carlyle tech fund buys French science co

The global private equity firm has acquired Cameca, a French semiconductor and scientific instrument manufacturer whose products are used by NASA to examine extra-terrestrial “stardust” particles.

The Carlyle Group has acquired scientific equipment company Cameca from a consortium comprising Barclays Private Equity, Perfectis Private Equity of France and a group of individual investors. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
This investment was made from the firm’s €550 million ($707 million) technology fund, Carlyle Europe Venture Partners, which closed in 2000.

Cameca designs, makes and services products including ion probes, electron probes and semiconductors. The company supplies customers in the earth science, materials, nuclear science and biological industries including Harvard University, MIT, Oxford University, Siemens, IBM, Samsung and NASA. The company is headquartered near Paris, and has subsidiaries in the US, UK, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Carlyle already has several investments in the semiconductor sector and the industries that serve it. These include AZ Electronic Materials, a provider of high-end chemicals and electronics; US semiconductor foundry Jazz; Korean organic light emitting diode technology developer Ness; and Fab Solutions, an inspection and evaluation tool developer based in Japan.