October 1, 2007, Boulder, CO--Alpine Research Optics, a supplier of high-performance coated optics, has been acquired by Saint-Gobain Crystals for an undisclosed amount. Saint-Gobain Crystals, which is part of the $52 billion worldwide Saint Gobain organization, also includes business units that produce optical raw materials including laser crystals, sapphire, UV-grade fused silica, MgF2 and CaF2.
"Joining the Saint-Gobain group will yield substantial benefits to our customers," notes ARO President David Collier. "Saint-Gobain is committed to enhancing and expanding our production capabilities, which will enable us to improve our service, as well as extend the range of products we can offer."
"Saint-Gobain has spent the last several years building a world class operation covering a diverse range of optical materials," states Peter Tibbetts, General Manager, Saint-Gobain Photonics. "ARO can now leverage this expertise and offer finished coated components based on Saint-Gobain crystalline materials."
Saint-Gobain Crystals is part of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, which is headquartered in Paris, France. The company is a worldwide producer of construction products, flat glass, high-performance materials, and packaging, and a leading distributor of building products in Europe. Saint-Gobain had worldwide sales of more the $52 billion in 2006, and has approximately 200,000 employees in more that 50 countries. Saint-Gobain is listed on the stock markets in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Brussels, and Amsterdam.
For more information, visit www.arocorp.com.