Toptica swoops for Eagleyard

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Toptica Photonics, of Munich, has acquired the majority ownership of the Berlin-based laser diode manufacturer Eagleyard Photonics.

With an annual turnover of about €4 million, Eagleyard is an important manufacturer of laser diodes providing highest spectral power and purity.

Wilhelm Kaenders, president of Toptica Photonics, said: 'With this strategic acquisition we emphasise the technological leadership of both companies. Eagleyard will continue to operate as an independent company in the market and maintain its successful sales and distribution organisation as well as its recognised brand.'

Toptica and Eagleyard have collaborated for many years. An example of this cooperation is the tapered diodes that have been conceived and jointly developed. It is also hoped that the technology transfer between Eagleyard and the neighbouring Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) will be further cultivated and enhanced with the acquisition.

Prof. Günther Tränkle, head of the FBH institute, said: 'The closer future collaboration of these two companies as technology drivers in the photonics arena is strengthening Berlin as a center hub for optical technologies. The intimate interaction of our research with real applications leads to a world-unique knowhow pool and ultimately to competitive products that are in strong demand in the global market place.'