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Edmund Optics invests in new Florida manufacturing facility...

08 Aug 2023

...and Hamamatsu opens another electron tube and X-ray source factory building in Toyooka, Japan.

Edmund Optics, a manufacturer of laser optics coatings, components, and assemblies optimized for high-power laser systems, has expanded its footprint in Oldsmar, FL, USA.

Its new, state-of-the-art 34,000 sq. ft. Laser Optics Center is dedicated to manufacturing a variety of optical components with high laser damage thresholds from the ultraviolet to the far infrared.

“We are excited to significantly enhance our laser optics manufacturing capabilities and capacity with the new Florida facility,” said Marisa Edmund, Chairman and Chief Marketing & Sales Officer for Edmund Optics.

“With more than thirty years of regional presence and global design, manufacturing, and applications expertise, we are well-equipped to respond to customer demand for increasingly high-quality laser optics,” said Edmund.

The new facility expands Edmund Optics’ laser optics manufacturing capabilities across laser crystal and glass fabrication, polishing, metrology, inspection, and testing, and is already home to approximately 50 employees, specializing in complex, high laser damage threshold coatings and designing for manufacturability.

Dr. Stefaan Vandendriessche, Director, Laser Optics Business Line for Edmund Optics, said, “This new facility enables us to better support innovative applications through our expanded development, manufacturing, and assembly capabilities.”

The company supplies a range of optics, imaging, and photonics technologies for markets including life sciences, biomedical, industrial inspection, semiconductor, and defense sectors. It also designs and manufactures optical components, multi-element lenses, imaging systems, and optomechanical equipment, while supporting OEM applications with volume production of stock and custom products.

Hamamatsu completes new factory building in Toyooka

Hamamatsu Photonics has been constructing a new factory “Building No. 11” at its Toyooka factory site, in Iwata City, Japan. The development is to manage expanding sales of its microfocus X-ray sources and other electron tube products.

The facility has now been completed and will start operations this month. The completion ceremony was held on Friday, August 4th.

Hamamatsu stated, “In this new factory building, we will enhance our production capacity and thereby expand the sales of the electron tube business up to ¥‎100 billion ($700 million) by the fiscal year ending September, 2027.”

Considering wider market conditions, Hamamatsu’s statement added, “Demand for microfocus X-ray sources used with imaging devices in non-destructive inspection of printed circuit boards for data servers and electric vehicle batteries is rapidly expanding.

“We can also count on the increasing sales of low-energy electron beam generators for printing and sterilization applications, and medical scintillators for converting X-ray into visible images.”

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