IPG Photonics buys laser micromachining systems supplier J.P. Sercel Associates

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IPG Photonics has acquired J.P. Sercel Associates (JPSA), a supplier of ultraviolet excimer and diode pumped solid state industrial laser micromachining systems for precision processing in high-volume manufacturing.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and the business will operate under the name IPG Microsystems. It is expected to add about $4 million to IPG's revenues for the remainder of 2012. JPSA’s systems perform advanced laser micromachining, micro cutting, scribing and laser lift-off for semiconductors, microfluidics, LEDs, thin film solar panels, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs), biomedical technology and industrial automation applications.

‘This acquisition broadens our customised laser-based systems offerings and provides significant sales synergies,’ said Dr Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics chief executive officer. ‘The combination of JPSA’s specialised laser systems and the UV and short pulse fibre lasers that IPG is developing now should allow us to deepen our penetration of the $800 million fine-processing market.’

The acquisition enables IPG to expand its integrated laser systems product offerings for fine-processing, precision cutting, drilling and micromachining of non-metals, including glass, semiconductors and ceramics.