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Major M&A in the global laser industry since 2015

Major M&A in the global laser industry since 2015

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(Summary description) The global economic slowdown has restricted the rapid development of the laser industry to some extent. However, since 2015, the global laser industry chain consolidation has been uninterrupted. Laser companies involved in the consolidation, on the one hand, to expand new fields, on the other hand, to optimize resources to cope with the risk of declining demand in the future. A brief review of several major mergers and acquisitions in the global laser industry since 2015.

Major M&A in the global laser industry since 2015

(Summary description) The global economic slowdown has restricted the rapid development of the laser industry to some extent. However, since 2015, the global laser industry chain consolidation has been uninterrupted. Laser companies involved in the consolidation, on the one hand, to expand new fields, on the other hand, to optimize resources to cope with the risk of declining demand in the future. A brief review of several major mergers and acquisitions in the global laser industry since 2015.

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        The global economic slowdown has restricted the rapid development of the laser industry to some extent. However, since 2015, the global laser industry chain consolidation has been uninterrupted. Laser companies involved in the consolidation, on the one hand, to expand new fields, on the other hand, to optimize resources to cope with the risk of declining demand in the future. A brief review of several major mergers and acquisitions in the global laser industry since 2015.

1.NeoPhotonics Acquires Emcore's Laser and Optical Transceiver Product Lines

 

         On January 5, 2015, EMCORE announced that it has sold its line of lasers and transceivers to NeoPhotonics for $175 million.

         NeoPhotonics, Inc. (NPTN) is an 18-year-old high-tech company that manufactures a variety of communications networks, including photonic integrated circuits, modules and subsystems.EMCORE is narrowing the scope of its operations to focus on the broadband fiber business as its core. The company previously sold its photonics business to SolAero on Dec. 11 and moved its corporate headquarters from Albuquerque to Alhambra, California.

 

2. SPI acquires JK Lasers


         In April 2016, SPI acquired JK Lasers, also a UK-based fiber laser company.SPI has a long history in pulsed fiber lasers, and JK Lasers has been focused on the development of continuous high-power fiber lasers, this acquisition helps SPI to increase high-power continuous fiber laser product lines.


         Analysis that the current UK laser industry is in a flat state of development, while JK Lasers in the past few years in a decline in development status, SPI took over JK Lasers, conducive to the re-integration of the UK laser industry, but also conducive to the rapid integration of JK Lasers resources, improve SPI's fiber laser development strategy.

 

3.Thorlabs acquires NKT's fiber optic processing plant Vytran


         In August 2015, vertically integrated optoelectronic manufacturer Thorlabs signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Vytran, a division of NKT Photonics, which manufactures fiber-optic taper splicing products and whose fiber processing technology is used in precision applications including telecommunications, pharmaceutical, fiber laser and sensing systems. Industry completes a series of acquisitions.


         Vytran's New Jersey manufacturing facility, U.K. customer service center and Hangzhou, China customer service center will continue to operate at their original locations. In addition, Thorlabs will integrate the Vytran product line with its e-commerce website, providing service and support from its global offices.


         Vytran provides fiber splicing and glass processing solutions for the fiber laser, induction, medical, telecom, aerospace and specialty fiber optic markets. vytran's patented single fiber splicing technology combined with mechanical monitoring and control capabilities provides process control unmatched by other splicing technologies.


4. GSI Group acquires Lincoln Laser: strengthening beam delivery technology


         In November 2015, GSI Group of Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, acquired ultra-fast scanning equipment supplier, Lincoln Laser of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, for $11 million in cash. Lincoln Laser's business will be merged with GSI Group's Bedford-based Cambridge Technology.

         Lincoln Laser provides its ultra-fast, high-precision polygon scanner and laser beam control technology to support Cambridge Technology's detector meter optical scanning technology for the advanced industrial and medical markets, such as laser printing, medical imaging and food processing. In addition to the detector scanners, Cambridge Technology also manufactures scanner components. Examples include scanning heads, servo drives, and integrated laser beam delivery systems.


         Cambridge Technology and Lincoln Laser have over 40 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of laser scanning equipment.


5.Resonetics Acquires Mound Laser


         In November 2015, Resonetics announced precision metal parts laser micro-manufacturing specialist, Mound Laser and Photonics Center, Inc. precision metal parts produced by Mound Laser are used in medical devices and defense.


         Resonetics will expand its current polymer and glass business with a focus on providing customers with a broad range of solutions and materials expertise. In addition to its long-standing core competencies in laser welding, cutting and processing, Mound Laser has developed the latest in ultrafast laser technology, and is also a leader in micro-additive manufacturing. Extensive research has also been conducted in the area of micro-additive manufacturing, and new, proprietary tools are planned for introduction. This will help medical device designers create smaller, more complex products that push the limits of traditional machining and welding techniques.


         With this acquisition, Resonetics will have the world's largest capacity ultra-fast laser workstation serving the life sciences industry, providing customers with machining and fabrication sites in Eastern and Western Europe and the central United States.


6. Coherent Acquisition of Raydiance, Rolfing


         In November 2015, CoherentInc. announced the acquisition of all the assets of Raydiance, a company engaged in the business of ultrashort pulse lasers, including high-performance picosecond and femtosecond lasers, which has installed more than 100 systems for automotive fuel nozzle drilling and medical device processing.Raydiance was founded in It was a small company in 2004, but grew rapidly in just a few years with its high-end technology in nanosecond, picosecond, and femtosecond lasers.


         Shortly thereafter, in March 2016, Coherent and ROFIN Laser Corporation (ROFIN) announced that the boards of directors of both companies had unanimously approved the definitive agreement; under the agreement, Coherent will acquire ROFIN for $32.50 per share, for a total purchase price of approximately $942 million.


         The combination of Coherent and Rolfen will strengthen Coherent's unique strengths in materials handling. It will position Coherent as a global leader in laser and photonics technologies and solutions.


         Rolfen is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance industrial laser light sources and laser solutions and devices.

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