Toptica spins off subsidiary to focus on customized solutions and innovation

Jan. 26, 2017
Toptica Projects has been created to serve high complexity laser projects more efficiently.

Toptica Projects has been created by Toptica Photonics (Gräfelfing/Munich, Germany) to serve high complexity laser projects more efficiently. The new subsidiary began operations in October 2016 and will focus on customized laser solutions, innovation, and technology development. In addition, it will become the new home of Toptica’s award-winning Guide Star laser activities.

Frank Lison, managing director and CEO of the new Toptica Projects says, “Access to the latest technology for integration into customized laser system solutions have been instrumental to Toptica’s growth in the past and opened up new markets as well. Within Toptica Projects we will be able to give such activities a much stronger emphasis and secure long-term technology leadership.”

For example, Toptica Projects will take over full responsibility for all existing and future Guide Star Laser activities of Toptica. In addition, Toptica Projects focuses on specialty laser systems that are beyond the company’s off-the-shelf components and modules--ie, laser systems with very high technical complexity and/or longer development times.

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Wilhelm Kaenders, president of Toptica Photonics and co-managing director of the new entity adds, “The current team of six employees combines more than a century of experience in development of specialty laser solutions covering the spectral range from deep UV to MIR. The expertise includes CW diode lasers as well as ultrashort pulse fiber lasers for the low and high power regime.”

Source: Toptica Photonics

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