Labsphere acquired by Halma

21 February 2007

Labsphere has been acquired by English sensor technology group Halma to join its global group of photonics businesses, which includes Ocean Optics and Mikropack.

McPherson receives Chinese contract

16 February 2007

McPherson is to provide a research group from the Chinese HL-2A Tokamak at the Southwestern Institute of Physics with a vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectrometer.

Avo Photonics increases production

16 February 2007

Avo Photonics has significantly increased its manufacturing capabilities. Changes include upgraded equipment, and increased numbers of operators and technicians. In addition, it has more than doubled its manufacturing space.

Optek signs Allied Electronics

15 February 2007

Optek Technology has chosen Allied Electronics as one of its North American distributors. Allied Electronics will primarily promote Optek's LED products, but will also sell its full product offering.

Defence deal secured by Thales

12 February 2007

Qioptiq has secured a significant contract through Thales Australia to supply the Australian Defence Forces with its VIPIR-2 thermal imaging equipment.

Heptagon opens first US office

29 January 2007

Heptagon, a supplier of UV micro-optics has opened its first US office in San Jose, Silicon Valley to provide sales, marketing and business development.

Photonics people

29 January 2007

Melles Griot and Ocean Optics have both made changes to their global management.

LOT-Oriel and LEJ form partnership

29 January 2007

LOT-Oriel and LEJ (Leistungselektronik Jena) have entered a strategic partnership to develop and market electronic ballasts and light sources.

Edmund Optics invests in Japan

23 January 2007

Edmund Industrial Optics is making significant new investments to expand its customer support presence in the Asian market, including the purchase of a substantial stake in Saito Optics of Japan.

Aculight moves to new facilities

18 January 2007

Aculight has moved into a new corporate headquarters, increasing its manufacturing, laboratory and office space by 60 per cent, and consolidating its staff into one building.

Thorlabs deals significantly increase product range

18 January 2007

Thorlabs has made two moves to increase its product range, by acquiring OFR, and by licensing an Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscope, invented by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Deep-sea application for Raman spectrometer

18 January 2007

A research team from the University of Washington has used the Raman Explorer 785 from Headwall Photonics for the analysis of hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.