23 Sep 2008
The two companies will exploit their combined engineering and applications capabilities to attack new applications
A strategic partnership between Powerlase, a UK developer of diode-pumped solid-state lasers, and France's fibre laser specialist Eolite Systems will see the companies jointly develop products for new markets and business opportunities.
Eolite provides high-power fibre lasers for industrial micro-processing applications, and the companies expect that their combined product ranges can address applications and manufacturing processes that require more than one type of laser.
"Both Powerlase and Eolite manufacture the leading lasers in their respective fields - DPSS and fibre," Mike Mason of Powerlase told optics.org. "There was no formal relationship prior to the official partnership, but the companies have been in frequent communication for a number of years. A mutual partnership will aid in the development of new technologies and techniques to address the requirements of potentially high growth markets."
The new, broader product line will be applied to multi-stage manufacturing processes that require multiple laser parameters, such as the manufacture of photovoltaics or the development of active matrix OLED displays.
"A number of market sectors have become increasingly attractive in recent years," noted Mason. "Solar cell processing and manufacture is continuing to grow as the demand for environmentally friendly and green technologies increases. In a similar vein, the demand for energy efficient - as well as cutting edge - consumer technology in the current climate also continues to grow."
The two companies also intend to pool their product development expertise, in order to develop technology beyond their traditional DPSS and fibre laser applications.