Edmund Optics to expand its global manufacturing footprint in 2013

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Edmund Optics is expanding its global manufacturing footprint in 2013, specifically in its coating and asphere manufacturing operations.

The company’s Singapore and Akita, Japan facilities are to get additional coating and metrology equipment, including the installation of a Shincron Coater, a three chamber machine with lock-and-load capabilities. Advanced optical metrology equipment, previously used at Edmund’s Pennsburg site, will be relocated to Singapore and Akita. The company will also be consolidating its Pennsburg facility into the corporate headquarters located in Barrington, New Jersey. These domestic operations will focus on both asphere and coating technology and process development, including the creation of a high precision thin films lab.

‘Despite the current economic environment, our customers have asked for more capabilities and capacity in several core competencies and we plan to deliver,’ noted Robert Edmund, chief executive officer.  

After the domestic consolidation, Edmund plans to have a global manufacturing footprint of just over 137,000 square feet (12,700m²) in 2013, up 15 per cent from 2007.