Business news

Johnson and Johnson to aquire Abbott Medical Optics for $4.325bn

20 September 2016
Healthcare device and goods manufacturer Johnson and Johnson has bought Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories, for $4.325 billion

Photonic Solutions to distibute Quantel laser products

20 September 2016
Photonic Solutions, an independent UK supplier of optoelectronics products, is now a distributor of Quantel Laser products in the UK

Artemis Optical secures £230k grant for optics coating centre

19 September 2016
Artemis Optical, a manufacturer of optical filters based in Plymouth, UK, has secured a £230,000 grant towards high-tech equipment

Imec thin-film tech research awarded €3.5 million

News image19 September 2016
Two scientists from European nanoelectronics centre Imec have been awarded European Research Council grants totalling €3.5 million for studies in thin film technology

Berthold Leibinger Foundation recognises light microphone at awards ceremony

News image19 September 2016
Swiss physicist Dr Balthasar Fischer has been awarded a €30,000 Berthold Leibinger Foundation innovation prize for developing a membrane-free microphone that operates using light signals

World's largest optical interferometer array gets adaptive optics upgrade

8 September 2016
Georgia State University's Centre for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) and the French company Alpao have signed a contract for the development of an adaptive optics upgrade for the CHARA Array, the largest optical interferometer array in the world

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

Electro Optics coverOne-stop for optics

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

Electro Optics coverPolished to perfection

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

Electro Optics coverLeaders in galvo

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


Electro Optics coverSpectral advances

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