Business news

Applied Optics Center acquired by Optex

17 November 2014
Optical coatings and assemblies company, Applied Optics Center, has been acquired by Optex Systems Holdings, a manufacturer of optical sighting systems and assemblies primarily for the US Department of Defence

UK doubles its funding for emerging technologies

News image11 November 2014
The UK's Technology Strategy Board, Innovate UK, has announced that over the next four years it will invest 50 million pounds in emerging technologies, doubling its past investment in early stage technologies

Singapore opens $100 million photonics research centre with ties to UK

News image3 November 2014
On 30 October, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore launched a 100 million dollar photonics research facility. The Photonics Institute consists of five centres in the fields of optics and photonics

Director of Fraunhofer ILT wins LIA award

News image31 October 2014
On 22 October, the Laser Institute of America awarded Professor Reinhart Poprawe, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, the 2014 Arthur L Schawlow Award for his contribution to research in laser technology

Radiant Zemax sells Zemax optical design software business

31 October 2014
Radiant Zemax has sold its Zemax optical design software business to Arlington Capital Partners. The newly independent company will be headed by Radiant Zemax's current vice president, Mark Nicholson, and will concentrate on its core customer and technology

Endurance tests show potential for EUV high volume manufacturing

29 October 2014
Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light sources could soon be used for high-volume manufacturing (HVM), as recently, three companies have demonstrated continuous and stable operation of EUV systems under a production environment

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

Electro Optics coverOptatec

Action taken against REACH and RoHS regulations at Optatec


Electro Optics coverMade to measure

The rise and rise of LED technology – and the associated testing – has led to exciting times for photonics company Pro-Lite Technology, as Tim Gillett discovers

Electro Optics coverSound medical judgement

Photoacoustic imaging is on the threshold of clinical adoption. Jessica Rowbury explores the current progress and looks at what is needed if the technology is to be applied within medicine

Electro Optics coverBranding the beam

Tim Gillett traces the 25-year history of Duma Optronics, from its origins as an OEM innovator to its ambitions to become a self-branded market leader

Electro Optics coverReaching for the stars

The first optical components for the European Extremely Large Telescope have been approved by the European Southern Observatory. Jessica Rowbury finds out that developing the technology to make the mirror segments will ultimately strengthen the European optics industry

Electro Optics coverWorld in motion

Aerotech's motion control products have been used throughout photonics for more than 40 years, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverPhotonics drives innovation

Rob Coppinger reflects on an ebullient show where the revitalisation of the photonics sector was so strong it could be tasted

Electro Optics coverTwo decades of good service

More than 20 years after helping its first customer - The University of Southampton's Department of Physics - Laser Support Services is still going strong, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverReaching maturity

Cobolt has developed from a start-up to an established company with mature products, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverThe finest in filters

Spectrogon has been leading the way in optical filters and associated products for decades, as warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverLeaders in lasers

For 40 years, JK Lasers has been developing industrial lasers around the world, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverPositive outlook

The rebranding exercise for Acal BFi is almost complete, as Warren Clark discovers


Electro Optics coverFocus on growth

Trioptics has grown rapidly in the past three years, as Warren Clark discovers


Electro Optics coverDesign for light

Optical design software specialisr Lambda Research is 20 years old, as Warren Clark discovers


Electro Optics coverDiamond lights

Element Six provides synthetic diamond for use in the photonics industry, as Warren Clark discovers