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13 Apr 2007

Featuring news from Manz Automation, Jenoptik, ESI, Philips, Neuroptix, Visioneer, IPG Photonics, JDSU, OSA, Oxxius.

Manz Automation and Synova have announced a technology licensing agreement, whereby Manz will integrate Synova's Laser MicroJet technology into its manufacturing equipment for photovoltaics applications. Synova will lead R&D efforts for the combined toolsets, while Manz will drive the manufacturing, sales and service operations. Synova will continue to sell and support systems to its existing PV customers.

Jenoptik has completed its takeover of Detroit Precision Hommel, MI. The manufacturer of production and assembly measuring technology for the automotive and automotive supplier industry will trade globally as Hommel-Etamic. The take-over makes industrial measurement technology one of Jenoptik's highest-sales business segments.

ESI announced a 17% increase in orders for the quarter ending March 2007 to $73 million, driven by increased demand in Asia and Europe. The company also intends to repurchase up to $50 million of ESI's common stock.

Philips will acquire all outstanding shares in TIR Systems, Vancouver, for €49 million ($65 million). The company will be integrated into Philips Lighting's Solid State Lighting business unit.

Neuroptix has opened its corporate headquarters in Acton, US. The company develops non-invasive laser eye scanning tests for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.

Visioneer has announced that Optical Laser, California, will distribute their Visioneer and Xerox DocuMate range of scanners.

Fibers

IPG Photonics reported increased revenue for the fourth quarter of 2006, up by 23% to $42.1 million. Revenue for the full year increased by 49% to $143.2 million, driven by sales of fiber lasers for marking, cutting and welding materials. The company also completed a successful IPO in December 2006.

People

JDSU has announced the appointment of David Gudmundson as President of Optical Communications. He will be responsible for sales, operations and product development of the company's Optical Communications product group, completing the integration of these functions under a single manager.

• Bernard Kippelen of Georgia Institute of Technology has been elevated to the rank of fellow in the Optical Society of America. Kippelen is the ECE Optics and Photonics group chair at Georgia Tech, as well as associate director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics.

Oxxius has appointed Bruno Acklin as general manager of its US subsidiary Oxxius Inc. Acklin has 15 years' executive experience in lasers and telecommunications, and is author of 15 patents. The company has also appointed Bruno Lefèvre as sales director of its European/Asian sales group. Lefèvre has 25 years' experience in sales, marketing and project management in the fiber laser industry.

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