19 September 2008

Powerlase Partners with Eolite Systems - UK and French Laser Innovators Join Forces

Powerlase Ltd, manufacturers of the world’s most powerful nanosecond Q-switched, diode-pumped solid state (DPSS) lasers, today announces the agreement of a strategic partnership with French fibre laser innovator, Eolite Systems.

The partnership will see Powerlase and Eolite combining their world class engineering and applications capabilities to broaden the range of laser systems they produce and the markets they can address. The partnership also provides a cooperative environment for both companies to jointly develop market and business opportunities.

The high average power, high beam quality lasers that Eolite produces perfectly complements the high average power, medium beam quality laser supplied by Powerlase. In combination the new, broader range of lasers is ideally suited for multi-stage manufacturing processes that require multiple laser parameters, such as in the manufacture of photovoltaics.

Eolite technology is based on the innovative rod-type fibre configuration. This simultaneously enables high average powers, very high beam quality and, uniquely, the ability to frequency convert to green and ultraviolet wavelengths. Powerlase brings the ability to turn cutting edge laser technology into systems suitable for demanding industrial environments as well as successful market development strategies. This has been proven particularly in the plasma display market where multiple systems have been running with high uptime for in excess of a million combined operating hours.

Les Lockwood, CEO at Powerlase comments, “This is a very exciting time for both Eolite and Powerlase as we join forces to combine our expertise to access a broader range of applications both with existing and jointly developed new products. This partnership enables us to address existing, expanding markets as well as opening new markets.”

Philippe Metivier, President and CEO of Eolite Systems concludes: “Eolite is very pleased to enter into this partnership with Powerlase. Both companies have the same customer-led development process and combining our strengths will enable us to respond to very demanding markets with relevance and efficiency.”

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