Business news

Lidar technology gets a boost for autonomous driving

26 July 2016
Start-up Civil Maps has raised $6.6 million from investors including Ford to advance its lidar autonomous driving technology

Terahertz market to reach 98 million in 2020

22 July 2016
The terahertz technology market is expected to grow from 46 million in 2015 to 98 million in 2020, at CAGR of 16 per cent, according to a new report by photonics market research firm Tematys

Omega Optical acquires Rugate Technologies to enhance thin-film capabilities

14 July 2016
Omega Optical has acquired Rugate Technologies, a research and development company focused on the design, process development, and manufacturing of optical thin films

Gooch & Housego acquires two companies to diversify defence business

11 July 2016
Gooch & Housego has acquired Alfalight and Kent Periscopes to strengthen the company's aerospace and defence manufacturing abilities

University of Manchester spin-off to commercialise graphene-based products

News image11 July 2016
A new University of Manchester spin-off is to develop and commercialise a range of industrial and consumer products based on graphene

German optics industry sees sales reach €31 billion

23 June 2016
The German optics industry saw a 7.1 per cent increase in sales in 2015, totalling €31 billion, Dr Wenko Süptitz, director of the Alliance for Photonics of the German Spectaris Industry Association, announced during the opening of the 13th Optatec trade fair

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 coverFlourishing with fibre

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


Electro Optics coverBucking the trend

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

Electro Optics coverInroads into Asia

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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Asian shift in policies to impact photonics

A study initiated by the VDMA has analysed 'political steering processes in Asia aimed at the photonics industry' - with an alarming outcome. Annika Loffler of the VDMA Photonics Forum assesses the implications of the findings

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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