3S Photonics buys Manlight

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Optical and optoelectronic components manufacturer 3S Photonics has bought Manlight,  a specialist in fibre optic amplification and laser technologies.

The purchase comes after 3S Photonics reported a year on year growth of 64 per cent with a consolidated turnover of up to 51 million euros in fiscal year 2011, which ended in June this year.  Based in Lannion, France, Manlight has 30 employees and was founded in 2006 through the acquisition of Highwave Optical Technologies assets. Manlight will become a subsidiary of 3S Photonics.

3S Photonics president and chief executive officer (CEO) Alexandre Krivine said: ‘The Manlight product range allows us to expand our offer for our historical telecom customers [and] to continue the diversification of our activities by promoting group components linked to the lidar and industrial fibre laser markets.’

Krivine has appointed Eric Delevaque as Manlight’s general manager. Delevaque was a founder of Manlight and before that CEO of Highwave Optical Technologies.