HAMAMATSU, Japan, June 24, 2022 — Hamamatsu Photonics will purchase Danish fiber laser producer NKT Photonics. Hamamatsu will make the acquisition, which the businesses count on to shut by the tip of the primary quarter of subsequent yr, via its wholly owned subsidiary Photonics Administration Europe SRL, positioned in Belgium.
NKT Photonics will turn out to be a Hamamatsu subsidiary upon closure of the deal, which carries an enterprise worth of roughly €205 million ($216.41 million).
NKT A/S mentioned the complete divestment of its photonics enterprise, along with the photonics enterprise’ divestment of its subsidiary LIOS to Luna Improvements in March, carries an enterprise worth of roughly €225 million ($236.85 million). NKT Photonics’ main markets are medical and life science, industrial, aerospace and protection, and quantum and nanotechnology.
The corporate of roughly 400 staff reported whole 2021 revenues of €68 million ($71.66 million).
Hamamatsu mentioned its complementary relationship with NKT’s enterprise will help the corporate because it expands its laser utility enterprise. NKT, which focuses on fiber lasers, makes use of its photonic crystal fiber manufacturing to allow ultrashort pulse amplification and fiber transmission. Its fiber laser portfolio helps functions within the microscopy, semiconductor, quantum computing, and ophthalmic fields, Hamamatsu mentioned.
NKT’s mainstay merchandise embrace a supercontinuum white gentle laser, single-frequency fiber laser, and ultrafast fiber laser. Supercontinuum white gentle lasers are utilized in microscopy and within the inspection of semiconductor units.
Single-frequency fiber lasers are used within the quantum computing subject as lasers for chilly trapping ions and atoms, making the most of their excessive energy and excessive wavelength stability.
Ultrafast lasers are used as surgical lasers within the ophthalmology subject.
Hamamatsu mentioned these lasers are additionally anticipated for use in semiconductor wafer slicing and for nonthermal processing for industrial functions. Hamamatsu’s laser diode enterprise relies on compound semiconductor manufacturing know-how.
“We’re happy to welcome NKT Photonics to Hamamatsu Photonics KK group and add their progressive know-how and robust footprint in Northern Europe to our portfolio,” mentioned Akira Hiruma, president and CEO of Hamamatsu Photonics. “We count on them to learn from our worldwide enterprise and from changing into a part of our progress journey”
NKT mentioned the divestment marks the ultimate step within the course of to totally concentrate on its core enterprise inside energy cable options. In diving its LIOS sensing enterprise to Luna Improvements in March, NKT CEO Basel Garabet mentioned, “The LIOS sensing enterprise has an important potential and future; nevertheless, the synergies with our fast-growing laser and fiber enterprise are restricted when it comes to enterprise mannequin, know-how, and markets.”
Along with its fiber laser choices, NKT producers femtosecond and pulsed diode lasers in addition to optical fibers and modules. Its crystal fiber portfolio spans nonlinear fibers for octave-tension supercontinuum era, hollow-core fibers, and solid-core photonic bandgap filters.