April 18, 2013

Nanometrics Expands and Strengthens Management Team

MILPITAS, Calif., April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nanometrics Incorporated (Nasdaq:NANO), a leading provider of advanced process control metrology and inspection systems, today announced the addition of two senior executives to the management team.

Mark Borowicz joins Nanometrics in the newly-created position of Senior Vice President of Silicon Solutions. Mark is a highly accomplished executive with over 12 years of experience in the semiconductor process control industry, holding executive-level positions in sales, marketing and business development for both the metrology and inspection markets. Mark holds a PhD in Materials Engineering, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and is the author of several patents and publications. Mark will oversee all of Nanometrics' business units and commercial teams, with a focus on coordinating our commercial engagements across all our product platforms, aligning our technology and product roadmaps with our customers' technology requirements, and driving execution to grow our business and gain incremental share within the process control market.

Rollin Kocher joins Nanometrics as Vice President of Worldwide Sales, leading the company's global sales team. Rollin brings to Nanometrics more than 17 years of direct experience in the semiconductor process control industry, holding positions in sales, engineering and account management, including the last three years managing a strategic business unit in South Korea.

"We are thrilled to announce that these two senior executives have joined the company, as they both expand and strengthen the Nanometrics management team," commented Tim Stultz, President and CEO. "The SVP of Silicon Solutions is a new position created to enhance our ability to provide company-wide solutions closely aligned to customer needs, and Mark's extensive experience in both metrology and inspection make him a great fit for this new role. Mark and Rollin's respective experience in building and leading world-class sales organizations will be a tremendous asset as we grow the business through deeper customer penetration, new customer engagements, increasing product offerings and expanding served market opportunities."

About Nanometrics

Nanometrics is a leading provider of advanced, high-performance process control metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors, high-brightness LEDs, data storage devices and solar photovoltaics. Nanometrics' automated and integrated systems address numerous process control applications, including critical dimension and film thickness measurement, device topography, defect inspection, overlay registration, and analysis of various other film properties such as optical, electrical and material characteristics. The company's process control solutions are deployed throughout the fabrication process, from front-end-of-line substrate manufacturing, to high-volume production of semiconductors and other devices, to advanced wafer-scale packaging applications. Nanometrics' systems enable device manufacturers to improve yields, increase productivity and lower their manufacturing costs. The company maintains its headquarters in Milpitas, California, with sales and service offices worldwide. Nanometrics is traded on NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol NANO. Nanometrics' website is http://www.nanometrics.com.

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         Claire McAdams

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         Ronald Kisling

         CFO

         408.545.6143

         rkisling@nanometrics.com

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