QPC Lasers’ doors are still open

SYLMAR, CA--“Mark Twain said, ‘Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,’ and the same is true of incorrect media reports that QPC Lasers, Inc. had gone out of business,”

SYLMAR, CA--“Mark Twain said, ‘Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,’ and the same is true of incorrect media reports that QPC Lasers, Inc. had gone out of business,” says Laurent Vaissié, director, marketing and sales at QPC Lasers. Optoelectronics Report and Laser Focus World would like to set the record straight. Contrary to what was stated in the introductory sections of our annual lasers and photonics market review in the January 1, 2009 issue of Optoelectronics Report (see www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/349175) and the January issue of Laser Focus World magazine (see www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/349353), QPC Lasers has not “closed its doors.”

As reported back in October, publicly available information from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that QPC Lasers was unsuccessful in its previously announced efforts to raise the additional funds necessary to continue operations and as a result, had suspended most of its operations effective October 12, 2008. “QPC has been challenged by a serious cash shortage since the middle of last year and was forced to implement an operational suspension in mid-October, but notwithstanding the continuing financial weakness as disclosed in its public filings it resumed manufacturing operations just one week later,” said Vaissié.

The correction is good news for the photonics industry, which is looking for bright spots amid the gloomy economic picture. “Manufacturing operations from MOCVD growth and diode processing to fiber-coupled module assembly are operational, and the company resumed shipping Brightlase and Brightlock modules with wavelengths ranging from the visible to 19xx nm to customers in late October,” said Vaissié.

Back in September 2008, QPC Lasers completed its initial U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract to develop and deliver high-power eye-safe surface-emitting diode pumps for directed-energy weapons applications (see www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/339365). QPC’s high-power long-wavelength ‘eye-safe’ diode arrays combine the reduced cost of wafer-scale manufacturing with beams that are 100,000 to 1,000,000 times less hazardous to soldiers in the field than competing diode pump technologies. QPC’s eye-safe laser products have also been supplied to medical customers for various dermatological, surgical, and vein treatment applications (see “QPC Lasers receives $1.3 million in orders for cancer and medical therapeutic applications” at www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/317217).

QPC will be exhibiting at Photonics West 2009 in front of the Main Hall at booth #5029 and will present its latest Ultra-50 and Ultra-600 high-brightness diode modules for medical and defense applications on Wednesday, January 28th in Hall 3.

--Gail Overton

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