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Focuslight acquires SUSS MicroOptics

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The company says it intends to invest significantly in R&D in SUSS MicroOptics’ existing Switzerland-based facility

Focuslight Technologies, a provider of high-power diode lasers and materials, laser optics and photonics modules and systems solutions, has announced the successful completion of its acquisition of SUSS MicroOptics, a Swiss micro-optics component manufacturer. The company says this strategic move marks a significant step forward in its goal to be an industry leader in photon generation, photon control, and photonics application solutions.

SUSS MicroOptics will undergo full integration immediately, becoming a new Focuslight entity with all businesses and functions under the management of Focuslight’s current business units, operations, and functional departments. SUSS MicroOptics’ fibre and semiconductor micro-optics business will be part of Focuslight’s laser optics business unit, while its automotive lighting business will be merged into Focuslight’s automotive business unit. This transition will also entail the adoption of the new entity name Focuslight Switzerland SA and the consolidation of its entire product portfolio under the unified Focuslight brand.

After the integration, Focuslight intends to keep growing its major business units: diode lasers and materials, laser optics, automotive solutions, pan-semiconductor solutions, and medical & health solutions. The company also says it is committed to growing with SUSS MicroOptics’ existing facility and capacity, and to investing significantly in R&D and manufacturing capital in Switzerland. There are additional plans from Focuslight for further cost-reduction initiatives with measures focusing on manufacturing excellence, operation digitalisation, and in-house process capability build-up.

SUSS MicroOptics, as a producer of precision refractive and diffractive micro-optics, adopts photolithography and imprint technologies to produce high-quality micro-optics that are used in photonic solutions in optical communication, semiconductor equipment, automotive lighting, and life science. Focuslight says the two companies bring complementary technologies and products to the table, and that, by joining forces, they will have a stronger product portfolio that addresses customer needs with optimal solutions.

“I’m proud to witness the union of two top micro-optics technology leaders,” said Victor Liu, chairman and CEO of Focuslight. “The scale effect will not only enhance the confidence of the market but also enable us to provide one-stop solutions to customers as a world-leading micro-optics provider. The two companies have co-shared market segments and mutually beneficial footholds in regional markets and global presence. With SUSS MicroOptics SA integrated, the new Focuslight will emerge as a bigger and stronger player in the photonics industry and serve our customers worldwide better. This transformation will even strengthen our leadership in micro-optics offerings, increase our creditability, and boost our competitiveness in the global market, especially for top-notch strategic customers.”

Reinhard Völkel, founder and CEO of SUSS MicroOptics, said: “Focuslight is a strategic fit for SUSS MicroOptics SA. I’m very pleased to be part of this milestone moment. The joining of our capabilities will allow us to foster new innovations that enable new applications and new business opportunities in automotive, semiconductor equipment, optical communication, consumer electronics, etc. I look forward to this new chapter and am excited about the potential it holds for our future growth and success.”

Liu added: “The acquisition underscores Focuslight’s dedication to progress, excellence, and its mission to be the global trusted photonics solution provider. I believe that the merger will further strengthen Focuslight’s global operation capabilities and propel our business to a significant advancement. It sets the stage for an exciting future.”

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