Radiant Zemax spins off Zemax optical design software business unit

Dec. 3, 2014
Reversing a 2011 merger, Radiant Zemax  has sold its Zemax optical design software business unit to Arlington Capital Partners , a private equity firm. Mark Nicholson, who had led the Zemax unit, has been named Zemax CEO.  

Reversing a 2011 merger, Radiant Zemax (Redmond, WA) has sold its Zemax optical design software business unit to Arlington Capital Partners (Washington, DC), a private equity firm. Mark Nicholson, who had led the Zemax unit, has been named Zemax CEO. Radiant Imaging and Zemax Development Corporation merged in March 2011 to form Radiant Zemax under the ownership of Evergreen Pacific Partners.

Radiant Zemax says the merger had brought together complementary technologies and enabled Zemax to invest heavily in its flagship product, OpticStudio, which has delivered unprecedented growth for Zemax. During this time, Zemax has built a leadership and development team, expanded its global sales capability, and developed a platform for future growth. As an independent, stand-alone business, Zemax will focus on its core customers and technology.

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The Radiant side of the business will continue to operate as Radiant Zemax in the near term, focused on its solutions portfolio which includes integrated imaging systems to measure light and color in flat panel displays, illuminated keyboards, LEDs, and other light sources. Radiant continues to make significant investments to expand its applications and grow its team.

Source: Radiant Zemax

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Conard Holton | Editor at Large

Conard Holton has 25 years of science and technology editing and writing experience. He was formerly a staff member and consultant for government agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and engineering companies such as Bechtel. He joined Laser Focus World in 1997 as senior editor, becoming editor in chief of WDM Solutions, which he founded in 1999. In 2003 he joined Vision Systems Design as editor in chief, while continuing as contributing editor at Laser Focus World. Conard became editor in chief of Laser Focus World in August 2011, a role in which he served through August 2018. He then served as Editor at Large for Laser Focus World and Co-Chair of the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar from August 2018 through January 2022. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, with additional studies at the Colorado School of Mines and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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