Business news

Thorlabs acquires Vytran from NKT Photonics

26 August 2015
Photonics products manufacturer Thorlabs has announced plans to acquire Vytran from Denmark-based NKT Photonics. The sale, which Thorlabs is expected to close in September 2015

World's largest microscope established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium

News image24 August 2015
Soon to be the 'world's largest microscope', the European Spallation Source (ESS) has been established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, or ERIC, by the European Commission

Fisba appoints Markus Hersche as CEO

News image24 August 2015
Fisba, a developer and manufacturer of optical systems and components, has appointed Markus Hersche as its new CEO

Public to monitor air pollution using mobile phones for Europe-wide photonics project

News image20 August 2015
The general public will play a vital role in helping scientists better understand how air pollution affects the environment and human health, as part of a Europe-wide photonics experiment due to begin in September

Glasses that block facial recognition software to be sold in Japan in 2016

News image11 August 2015
A pair of glasses that prevent facial recognition technology from detecting a human face are set to go on sale in Japan next year

Leica Microsystems appoints new president and director

News image11 August 2015
Leica Microsystems has appointed Markus Lusser as its new president and director. Lusser succeeds Andries Peter Jan van den Broek who has left the company

Distributors news

Power Technology becomes QSI laser diode distributor

9 June 2014
Power Technology is now a North American distributor of laser diode manufacturer Quantum Semiconductor International

Headwall appoints Diessechem as distributor for Italy

4 November 2013
Headwall has announced a new distributor partnership with Diessechem, with offices in Milan, Italy

HollyWinx Optics appointed as REO distributor in China

10 October 2013
REO has appointed HollyWinx Optics as its exclusive representative in China.

Headwall appoints Australian distributor

20 September 2013
Headwall has appointed Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS) as its distributor in Australia and New Zealand

AceXon to distribute LightPath

16 August 2013
LightPath Technologies, a global manufacturer, distributor and integrator of optical components and high-level assemblies, has signed a distribution agreement with AceXon Technologies

Phihong and Oree partnership in planar LEDs

12 August 2013
Phihong Technologies of Taiwan and Oree Illumination Solutions in Israel have formed a global partnership for the development and marketing of planar LED lighting systems

Business Features

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SPI Lasers has emerged from troubled beginnings in telecoms to become a major player in fibre lasers, as Warren Clark discovers

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Warren Clark follows the story of Opco Laboratory, a specialist US optics company looking for international growth

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Warren Clark charts the intriguing and long history of Gooch and Housego, which dates back more than 60 years

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Cambridge Technology has evolved from a galvo company to a total scanning solution company, as Warren clark discovers

Electro Optics coverA smooth upward curve

Warren Clark tracks the history of interferometry specialist 4D Technology


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Florida-based StellarNet has continued to grow its business, even through the economic crisis, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverThe entrepreneurial spirit

Warren Clark explores the history of UK distributor Pro-Lite Technology


Electro Optics coverThe value of exhibitions

Organiser of the Photonex exhibition in the UK Laurence Devereux comments on the increasing value of national exhibitions in the face of the plethora of information available on the internet and changing buying habits

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Finding a distributor for photonic products in Asia can be tough, as Warren Clark discovers


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Warren Clark maps the history of Ocean Optics, a company leading the field in portable spectroscopy and more

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Light technologies to drive industrial Europe, says Photonics21 president

Following the Photonics21 annual meeting in Brussels at the end of May, Michael Mertin, the president of Photonics21 and CEO of Jenoptik, sets out the role for photonics in growing Europe's economy

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Global players

Hamamatsu Photonics has grown to be one of the industry's largest companies, as Warren Clark discovers

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Nurturing a niche

Warren Clark discovers how EOPC has grown its business by servicing a very specific market well

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Playing the parts

Laser SOS has cornered the market in laser refurbishment and repairs, as Warren Clark discovers

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The colour of invention

Oxxius has established itself as a leading player in DPSS lasers for multiple wavelengths, as Warren Clark discovers