Radiant Zemax acquires Optima Research

Feb. 8, 2012
Redmond, WA--Radiant Zemax has acquired Optima Research, a European photonics components and Zemax optical design software distributor.

Redmond, WA--Formed by the 2011 merger of Zemax Development Corporation and Radiant Imaging, Radiant Zemax provides test, measurement, and design hardware and photonics software tools and systems to the optics, illumination, and display industries. Now, Radiant Zemax has acquired Optima Research (Stansted, England), a European photonics components and Zemax distributor, so that both companies can offer expanded geographic support coverage times and increased local market support. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Optima Research will continue to act as Europe's local office for sales and support of Zemax 12 optical and illumination design software, and provide training in computer-based optical design methods.

"We are delighted to welcome Optima Research and their clients to the Radiant Zemax family," said Paul Caragher, CEO of Radiant Zemax. "This acquisition will accelerate client collaboration and product offerings throughout the EU. We are gaining strong talent and industry experience to enhance Radiant Zemax technology platforms."

"Our acquisition formalizes and strengthens the long-standing business relationship between Optima Research and Radiant Zemax," said Neil Barrett, managing director of Optima Research. "Our combined business is able to provide better solutions to meet the demanding needs of our clients."

Radiant Zemax has production experience with hundreds of cameras testing millions of lights and displays, improving production quality and efficiency. Its product lines include Zemax 12 optical design software, ProMetric imaging colorimeters, photometers, goniometers, and photonics analysis software.

SOURCE: Radiant Zemax; www.radiantzemax.com/images/files/PR_Optima_Research_Acq.pdf

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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