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Edmond Optics founder Norman Wilson Edmund has died. Edmund founded Edmund Scientific, which became Edmund Optics. Starting his business in the 1940s Edmund retired in 1975.

Laser marking specialist Electrox has appointed Owen Jones as north eastern regional manager for the USA.

Delta has appointed Dr Oliver Pust as business development manager for optical thin film filters. Pust will be responsible for growing Delta’s optical thin film filter business.

Jenoptik has appointed Dr Dietmar Wagner as general manager of the company’s Automatisierungstechnik subsidiary and head of the lasers and material processing division’s laser processing systems business unit.

M Squared Lasers has appointed Peter Bordui as chairman. Bordui has served as a director of fibre optic component maker Bookham, now Oclaro.


AMS Technologies and Sweden- based Azpect Photonics have joined forces. This creates a pan-European consultancy and solution provider for optical, power and thermal management technologies.

Fibre optic spectroscopy specialist Avantes has opened a new facility in Leatherhead, Surrey, UK.

Mobius Photonics has been granted a US patent for its Fibre MOPA System. The patent covers an optical fibre-based master oscillator power amplifier system that avoids stimulated Brillouin scattering.


Global laser industry revenues expected to hit $9 billion by 2015

Global laser industry revenues are expected to reach $9.4 billion by 2015 while demand from machine tools, telecom equipment, and China have driven sales since 2010 to a growth high of 52 per cent compared to 2009, according photonics markets consultancy Strategies Unlimited. Strategies Unlimited’s report Worldwide Market for Lasers: Market Review and Forecast 2012 makes the 2015 prediction but it also expects a flat market for 2012, on the heels of 2011. Last year saw slower growth in the second half, compared to the first. However, 2013 is expected to see a return to good growth to achieve the $9 billion revenues in 2015. Strategies Unlimited also claims the outlook for growth from 2013 is strong because of demand from tablet computers and smartphone makers, which use lasers in their production; the adoption of lasers for conference room projectors and digital cinema; the use of lasers for gaming products like Microsoft’s gesture control gadget Kinect; the semiconductor industry’s development of soft x-ray lithography processes that use CO2

lasers; and the telecom industries

investment in 40Gbps transmitters and plans for 100Gbps transmitters. The consultancy’s report also cites Newport and

‘ Today five companies earn over 50 per cent of the industrial laser revenues’

CVI Melles Griot as companies to watch because of their acquisitions in the last year. Newport bought Ophir Optronics and ILX Lightwave, while CVI acquired Coherent Imaging Optics. Today five companies earn over 50 per cent of the industrial laser revenues, according to Strategies Unlimited: Coherent, Trumpf, Cymer, IPG Photonics, and Rofin-Sinar. The one market Strategies Unlimited cites

as having a weak future is data storage. This is because prices for laser based storage systems are declining and users are turning to other forms of storage, such as solid state.

3S Photonics acquires Manlight

Optical and optoelectronic components manufacturer 3S Photonics has bought Manlight, a specialist in fibre optic amplification and laser technologies.

The purchase comes after 3S Photonics reported a year-on- year growth of 64 per cent with a consolidated turnover of up to 51 million euros in fiscal year 2011, which ended in June this


year. Based in Lannion, France, Manlight has 30 employees and was founded in 2006 through the acquisition of Highwave Optical Technologies assets. Manlight will become a subsidiary of 3S Photonics.

3S Photonics president and chief executive officer (CEO) Alexandre Krivine said: ‘The Manlight product range allows us to expand our offer

for our historical telecom customers [and] to continue the diversification of our activities by promoting group components linked to the lidar and industrial fibre laser markets.’

Krivine has appointed Eric

Delevaque as Manlight’s general manager. Delevaque was a founder of Manlight and before that CEO of Highwave Optical Technologies.

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