Scanlab buys stake in Holo/or

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Scanlab headquarters, Puchheim near Munich, Germany

 

Laser scan system manufacturer Scanlab is purchasing a 25 per cent stake in Holo/or through its parent company, TechInvest Holding. 

Over the coming years, the holding company will take over all remaining shares in several steps. The acquired company will retain its independence and collaborate closely with sister company Scanlab on a number of projects. 

Holo/or develops diffractive optical elements for industrial applications. By integrating these micro-optical components – such as beam shapers – into its scan solutions, Scanlab can multiply the fields of application for its products.

Diffractive optical elements (DOE) can be used to specifically shape laser beams. To achieve the ‘diffractive effect’, DOEs employ microstructures etched into a substrate using a lithographic process. Glass is typically the substrate – but plastics, metals or semiconductors can also be used. The Israeli company is regarded as an experienced player in this market segment.

Founded by Israel Grossinger 31 years ago, Holo/or is one of only a few suppliers capable of producing DOEs, e.g. beam splitters and shapers, with high damage thresholds that can stand up to high-power lasers. Its expertise encompasses not just design and fabrication, but also a unique in-house simulation software.

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TechInvest Holding, the parent company of Scanlab, acquired a quarter of all Holo/or shares in August 2020. 

'I am very pleased in finding a suitable partner to whom I can gradually transfer responsibility for my company – and thereby entrust "my life’s work" to good hands. As a founder and entrepreneur, one has not only responsibility for his team, but also a wish to see his vision carried forward. And this is exactly what our collaboration feels like,' said Israel Grossinger, owner and president of Holo/or.

'Talks with the team in Israel were very constructive right from the beginning and driven by shared ideas. We’re convinced the gained optical expertise will result in a new generation of highly integrated scan systems,' said TechInvest Holding executive board member Dirk Thomas in explaining the new investment’s advantages.

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