Quantel Laser, a leader in the design and manufacture of high-power, solid-state lasers for scientific, industrial, military and medical applications, has opened a new service centre in China at the offices of their long-time partner, Titan Electro-Optics (TEO).
The service centre, inaugurated at a gala grand-opening ceremony in Beijing on October 24, 2016, will provide local service to all Quantel customers in China. Local service will be available at the company’s Beijing headquarters as well as in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Growth in the photonics market in China continues to outpace most other global regions, with projected continued growth of 10-15% per year for the next five years. This growth is driven both by strong government R&D support as well as by a shift from low-end manufacturing to high-end, value-added manufacturing. At the 2015 Laser and Photonics Marketplace Seminar, Quihong Gong, VP and secretary general of the Chinese Optical Society highlighted more than 200 optics related Higher Education Institutes in China. Earlier this year, the Laser World of Photonics China conference closed with record attendance numbers, up 13% from last year’s record numbers.
Quantel’s growth in China tracks these general market trends with strong growth in both R&D applications as well as in manufacturing and other industrial applications. In addition to Quantel’s direct business, the service centre is designed to support Quantel’s numerous OEM customers who integrate Quantel lasers into their own equipment and instruments and sell into China through their own channels.
“The number of Quantel lasers in China has grown exponentially over the past several years”, commented Greg Smolka, VP Sales & Marketing at Quantel. “TEO has done a great job expanding our direct sales into China, especially in applications like LIDAR and Flat Panel Display manufacturing. This new service centre, however, will also support our many OEM customers who have also seen significant growth in China.”
David Ding, CEO of Titan Electro Optics, added "The establishment of the Quantel Laser-China Service Centre opens a new chapter of deep cooperation for Quantel and TEO. It will improve the quality and availability of service to Chinese customers significantly."
Quantel Group General Manager Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, on-hand to open the new facility, noted “Strong support of our customers is one of the cornerstones of our growth strategy. The expertise and capabilities of this centre will enable us to provide our Chinese customers with unparalleled service to support their objectives.”