Universal Instruments is to provide SMT placement capabilities at service centers owned by WC Heraeus GmbH & Co KG in Germany and China. The equipment resources put in place by Universal will be used by Heraeus to test its own products and processes, as well as to strengthen its sales presentations to customers. Similarly, Universal will use the advanced process facilities of the Heraeus service centers to train its own customers. The move is part of a technology co-operation and resource sharing agreement announced in October by Universal Instruments GmbH and the SMT Materials business unit of Heraeus. Under the agreement, the two companies will also share technology trends and will present joint marketing activities including technology days, open house events and exhibitions. The agreement also involves the Universal Instruments SMT Lab at Binghamton.