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04 May 2007

Featuring news from CVI, Bookham, MicroEmissive Displays, JDSU, PerkinElmer, Wyatt, Onefive, Intense, Dalsa, 3DIcon, Powerlase and Codixx.

• Optical component manufacturer CVI, New Mexico, US, has announced the acquisition of Melles Griot, supplier of lasers and opto-mechanical hardware. The acquisition will boost CVI's high volume laser and optical assembly capacity. Look out for more coverage of this story next week on optics.org.

• Optical components developer Bookham this week announced financial results for its third quarter of 2007 (Q3 07), which ended March 31, 2007. Its revenue for Q3 07 was $45.0 million, compared with $56.3 million in Q2 07, and $53.4 million in Q3 06, equating to a 16% drop year on year. Revenue from customers other than Nortel was $41.9 million, similar to the prior quarter but up 43% on Q3 06.

MicroEmissive Displays, a developer of polymer organic light emitting diode microdisplays, has opened a new volume manufacturing center in Dresden, Germany. Set up in cooperation with Fraunhofer IPMS, the site employs 16 staff and represents a total investment of over $10 million. MED has plans to double its staff in Germany over the next two years.

JDSU, California, reported net revenue of $362 million and a net loss of $14 million for the third quarter ending March 2007. The company stated that the quarter showed a smaller than expected seasonal decline, and year on year growth of 15%.

PerkinElmer has opened its new corporate headquarters and technology center in Waltham, Ma, US. The photonics and health sciences company was previously headquartered in Wellesley, Ma, and employs about 600 people in the state.

Wyatt Technology is hosting its annual Light Scattering Colloquium for users of static and dynamic light scattering on October 15-16 2007 at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California. Topics covered will include a range of biophotonics applications and developments. For more information on the event or to register, visit the Colloquium web site.

Onefive, Switzerland, a supplier of femtosecond, picosecond and tunable narrow linewidth laser modules, has appointed Forter Technology as distributor for all its products in China and Taiwan.

Intense, Glasgow, Scotland, has appointed Laser 2000 as European distributor for its high-power laser diodes. The agreement is an extension of a previous contract between Laser 2000 and Intense-HPD, Intense's US subsidiary, and covers Intense-HPD's components and modules, as well as Intense's high power arrays, bars, and stacks.


Dalsa, Ontario, Canada, has announced changes to its executive team. Brian Doody, previously COO, has been appointed CEO of the semiconductor and electronics company. A new position of lead director has been established, and will be filled by John Simons who has been a Dalsa director since 1995. Keith Reuben, president of Dalsa Asia Pacific, will move to Japan in May 2007 to lead the company's growth in the region. Jim Roberts has been appointed president of Dalsa Digital Imaging from September 2007. Edwin Roks has been named VP and general manager of the new Image Sensor Business, combining the Professional Imaging and CMOS IC business units.

• Vivek Bhaman has been appointed president and COO of 3DIcon, Tulsa, US, a developer of full-color, 360-degree 3D technology. Bhaman has previously held senior positions in VeriFone and Hewlett Packard. Martin Keating will continue as 3DIcon's chairman and CEO.

Powerlase, UK, a manufacturer of nanosecond Q-switched diode-pumped solid state lasers, has appointed Kevin Reardon as head of plasma display panel sales and business development. Reardon joins from New Wave Research, where he served as managing director for seven years.

Codixx, Germany, has named André Volke as the new manager of the company's manufacturing plant for colorPol polarizers. Volke, one of the company's founders, was previously manager of research and development. Marketing and Production will now become separate departments within the organization.

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