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07 Sep 11
SEMI adjusts capex spending forecast downwards

Key market for laser and photonic equipment vendors will grow 23% this year, not 31% as previously expected.

06 Sep 11
Broke Solyndra owes Schott $7.7 million

Full list of creditors includes a host of well-known optical component and laser companies, as a staff lawsuit is launched against the PV firm.

05 Sep 11
EPIA: solar electricity 'fully competitive' by 2020

The European Photovoltaics Industry Association says that even the UK will reach dynamic grid parity by the end of the decade.

05 Sep 11
Global Solar rolls Berlin CIGS factory

New fab has a production capacity of 35MW and is now moving to a three-shift operation.

01 Sep 11
OPEL forms new parent; touts process technology

CPV and tracker firm OPEL Solar International renamed OPEL Technologies, a holding company with two distinct business operations.

31 Aug 11
Solar shake-out continues with Solyndra bankruptcy

Californian CIGS pioneer says that nose-diving solar panel prices will push the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

31 Aug 11
Biotech laser firm cuts debt with $2.55M share issue

Hamilton Thorne, which provides laser systems for biotechnology applications, will also use proceeds to invest in R&D.

26 Aug 11
TeraDiode grabs multiple defense contracts

The company's high-power direct-diode lasers have received a $3.2 million vote of confidence.

24 Aug 11
Schott turns on US chalcogenide glass line

Vertically integrated facility enables company to make key optics for defense on US soil for the first time.

23 Aug 11
UDC and Samsung ink long-term OLED deal

Licensing and sales agreement running through 2017 builds on eleven-year relationship between the companies.

19 Aug 11
Record profitability at Zygo as orders stay strong

The precision optics and metrology firm has just posted net earnings of $19 million for fiscal 2011.

18 Aug 11
JDSU slips as customers adjust inventory levels

Demand for both telecom and gesture-recognition components are hit, but JDSU sees growth in kilowatt fiber laser sales.

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