Thorlabs Acquires Optical Fiber Processing Company, Vytran
Newton, NJ – August 20, 2015 – Thorlabs announced today that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire Vytran from Denmark‐based NKT. Headquartered in Morganville, New Jersey, Vytran is a market leader in the production of high performance products to taper and fuse optical fiber. Their fiber processing technologies are utilized in a broad range of precision applications including telecommunications, medical components, fiber lasers, and sensing systems. A closing of the transaction is anticipated to take place in September 2015.
“We are excited to have Vytran join the Thorlabs team,” said Alex Cable, President and Founder. “Their expertise and product offering are natural additions to our current fiber draw and cabling competencies. As we bring them on board, we will leverage the extensive experience Thorlabs has in nanopositioning, imaging, electronics, and mechanics to further develop their core competencies so as to remain at the forefront of current market needs while also expanding the product line to address new market opportunities. ”
Vytran’s New Jersey manufacturing facility as well as its customer support centers in Exeter, United Kingdom and Hangzhou, China will continue to operate from their current geographical locations. In addition, Thorlabs will fully integrate Vytran’s product line into its ecommerce site and provide service and support through its global offices.
Vytran is a leading supplier of innovative fiber fusion splicing and glass processing solutions for the fiber laser, sensing, medical, telecom, aerospace, and specialty fiber products markets. Vytran technologies are designed to reduce customers’ risk, speed their products to market, and lower their cost of ownership. The company’s patented filament fusion technology is paired with industry‐leading machine monitoring and control capabilities to provide process control unattainable with other fusion splicing methods. These technologies, along with innovations in fiber cleaving, recoating, and proof testing, make Vytran a leader in reliable, precision equipment for high‐volume optical fiber assembly and specialty fiber processing. Vytran is a member of the NKT Group.
Thorlabs, a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer, was founded in 1989 to serve the laser and electro‐optics research market. As that market has spawned a multitude of technical innovations, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. The organization’s highly integrated and diverse manufacturing assets include semiconductor fabrication of Fabry‐Perot, DFB, and VCSEL lasers, fiber towers for drawing glass optical fibers (silica, fluoride, tellurite, and hollow core), MBE/MOCVD epitaxial wafer growth reactors, extensive glass and metal fabrication facilities, advanced thin film deposition capabilities, and optomechanical and optoelectronic shops.
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