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16 Jul 2007

Featuring news from Trumpf, Novaled, Micronic, eagleyard, JPSA, 3M, Cedip, Bookham and others.

• A new subsidiary has been formed by Trumpf to serve its domestic market for machine tools, spare parts and customer service. The creation of Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen Deutschland Vertrieb + Service is intended to enhance the relationship with German customers and simplify sales and servicing procedures. It will be Trumpf's largest sales company worldwide, and be headed by Frank Schadler.

• The latest developments in PIN OLED technology have been announced by Novaled, Germany, including the combination of low driving voltages and longest lifetimes of green phosphorescent OLEDs. The company's green PIN phosphorescent OLED device in a bottom-emission geometry demonstrated a lifetime of more than 200,000 hours, achieved by combining Universal Display's high-efficiency phosphorescent OLED materials with low-voltage Novaled PIN-OLED technology and doped transport materials.

Novaled has also joined the Organic Electronics Association (OE-A), a working group within the German Engineering Federation. OE-A promotes the establishment of an international infrastructure for the competitive production of organic electronics. The company described its joining as part of a strategy to develop partnerships across its markets.

Micronic Laser Systems reported results for the first half of 2007 which were colored by the weak market for the Swedish company's laser pattern generators. Order intake was SEK97 million ($14.6 million), while net sales were SEK120 million ($18 million). A loss of SEK153 million ($23 million) was reported for the six-month period, compared with a profit of SEK162 million ($24 million) for the first half of 2006. The company stated that positive effects of a cost-cutting program now underway were becoming visible, and that 2007 would be seen as a transitional year for the company prior to a pick-up in production.

eagleyard Photonics, a German manufacturer of high-power laser diodes, has announced that Market Tech will be its new partner for US sales activities in West Coast, Rocky Mountain and selected Mid West states. The agreement is intended to boost eagleyard's strategic and business development in the US market.

JPSA Laser, US, has completed its move to a new 35,000 sq. ft. facility housing a job shop for contract laser drilling and wafer processing, along with an expanded applications development lab. The new center is part of JPSA's growth strategy for its micromachining services, UV excimer systems, and excimer refurbishment service.

• As part of its expansion into transportation markets, 3M will acquire Rochford Thompson Equipment, a UK manufacturer of optical character recognition passport readers used by airlines, immigration authorities and other security services. The addition enhances 3M's portfolio for document capture and authentication, and will be completed in Q3 2007.

Cedip Infrared Systems, a specialist in high performance infrared thermal imaging systems, has joined the SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION competitiveness cluster. The cluster brings together 200 industrial, academic and institutional members from the Paris region to develop optics, electronics and software systems for various markets. Cedip's contribution will be to develop cameras and systems for military, defense and security applications.

Nanotech Semiconductor, a UK fabless IC company specializing in analog and mixed-signal ICs for fiber optic communications, has joined the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) alliance. MIPI aims to standardize the design of processor and peripheral interfaces in mobile devices, and other members include Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.

• Changes to its distribution and integration network have been announced by Enfis, a UK manufacturer of multi-watt plug-and-play LED light engines:
Mobicon will promote and market Enfis' light-engine solutions to its existing and new customer groups in Asia, especially government, lighting designers, contractors and luminaire manufacturers focusing on energy saving and environment-friendly applications.
Roithner Laser, an Austrian distributor specializing in optical components, will represent Enfis' products throughout Europe, concentrating on Austria and Germany.
Pacer International will supply Enfis' products and integrate them into their own custom optoelectronic solutions for medical, scientific and aerospace markets.

People

• Alain Couder has been appointed president and CEO of Bookham, the US-based manufacturer of optical components, modules and subsystems. He succeeds Peter Bordui, who will continue to serve as chairman. Couder joins from Solid Information Technology, and will be based at Bookham's San Jose headquarters.

Varioptic, the developer of liquid lens technology, has named Christian Dupont as chief executive officer. Dupont joins from Texas Instruments where he was general manager of the European wireless terminals unit, and his experience in wireless businesses complements Varioptic's stated aim of aggressively deploying its products in the mobile imaging market.

• Hubert Kostal has joined Radiant Imaging as vice president of sales and marketing. Kostal will manage the direct sales force and distributor network for Radiant's imaging and color management systems, He will also direct technical sales, product management, and corporate marketing activities. He has previously held executive positions at NanoOptic and SpectraSwitch, and joins from Advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits.

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