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IPG Photonics strengthens management team


Three new appointments have been made to enhance IPG’s strategic marketing, acquisition and global sales initiatives of its laser products


IPG Photonics Corporation has appointed three senior management appointments focused on strengthening the company’s worldwide sales and marketing efforts.


Trevor Ness has been promoted to Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and Marketing and will continue to supervise the Asian operations. Also, David Gray was appointed Vice President - Strategic Development & Systems Solutions; and Yuri Erokhin was appointed Vice President - Strategic Marketing.


“We are strengthening our management team with three experienced professionals who have demonstrated their expertise and success in helping to expand business opportunities and grow sales,” says Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics’ Chief Executive Officer.


“Trevor Ness has been successful at IPG in establishing strong relationships with OEMs in Asia, as well as improving service and the effectiveness of the sales force there. David Gray has a proven track record of driving rapid growth through organic product development, strategic acquisitions and operational execution. Yuri Erokhin has a strong scientific background that he has applied to the development of sophisticated marketing strategies to identify and secure new business opportunities. We look forward to their combined contributions as we enhance our product portfolio, enter new applications and geographies and generate profitable long-term growth.”


Trevor Ness joined IPG in January 2011 as Vice President - Asian Operations, and successfully managed double digit growth in China, Japan and Korea. Prior to 2011, he served as Director of GSI Precision Technologies China at GSI Group, where he was responsible for all business activity in China, including manufacturing, sales, service and market development.


From 1997 until 2005, Ness served in various senior management sales and operations roles in the UK and Asia with GSIL Asia Pacific, Westwind Japan, and Westwind Air Bearings Ltd. Ness earned a BSc in Geology from Imperial College London, an HNC in Production Engineering from Bournemouth University, and an MBA (Technology Management) from The Open University.


David Gray joins IPG from GT Advanced Technologies, where he served in multiple roles, most recently as its Chief Strategy & New Business Officer. Prior to that, he served as a senior M&A advisor to the photonics and electronics markets with Alliant Partners and Broadview.


Early in his career, Gray also co-founded Aspect International, Inc., and served as a senior engineer with Raychem in its


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display products group. David earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.


Yuri Erokhin joins IPG from Applied Materials/Varian Semiconductor Equipment where he has worked since 2003 and served as Senior Director, Strategic Marketing since 2006. Prior to working at Applied Materials, he was Vice President of Wafer Technology at IBIS Technology Corp. From 1995 to 2000, Erokhin was at Axcelis Technologies Corp., where he was Director of Process Technology.


Before that, Erokhin worked as a research scientist at various institutions since 1980. Erokhin earned an M.S. with Honors in Quantum Electronics (Lasers) from the Moscow Physical- Technical Institute and a Ph.D. in Microelectronics Technology from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.


IPG Photonics Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of high-power fibre lasers and amplifiers. Founded in 1990, IPG pioneered the development and commercialisation of optical fibre-based lasers for use in diverse applications, primarily materials processing.


Oclaro contracts 4 and 8


beam red laser diodes The breakthrough improves printing quality in III-V laser diodes


Oclaro has announced significant advancements in its red laser diodes.


The company has reduced the size of its 4 beam red laser diodes by 75 percent (from TO9.0mm to TO5.6mm) and 8 beam red laser diodes by 80 percent (from TO16.0 to TO9.0mm.)


These significant reductions will enable customers designing laser beam printers (LBPs) and multi-function printers (MFPs) to design smaller and more compact printers or to utilise the extra space for adding more features and functionality.


What’s more, Oclaro has significantly improved the printing quality of its red laser diodes by modifying their structure to produce what it claims is the smallest and most precise laser beam available from any red laser diode in the industry.


To achieve the size reductions and improve the printing quality of its red laser diodes, Oclaro leveraged its 30 years of laser diode expertise. To date, Oclaro says no other company has achieved these size reductions or has been able to deliver this level of laser beam precision (known as low droop and small deviation).


As a result of both of these innovations, Oclaro customers will now be able to offer improved printing quality while at the same time providing more lightweight and compact designs to its customers.


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