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Jenoptik will be presenting its product range in the fields of lasers and optical technology at Photonics West in San Francisco at the end of January

US optics business is now operating under one roof

(PresseBox) (Jena, ) At the end of January the Jenoptik Group will be showcasing a wide range of products at the Photonics West trade fair in San Francisco, the most important leading photonics trade fair for the North American market. At the beginning of 2010 Jenoptik amalgamated its entire US optics business within JENOPTIK Optical Systems Inc.

Through its Lasers & Material Processing and Optical Systems divisions Jenoptik is one of the few suppliers worldwide to develop and mass produce lasers and optics designed to meet the most stringent quality requirements. In this context the Group benefits from having the entire value added chain plus a wideranging technology portfolio inhouse. In San Francisco Jenoptik will be presenting various new lasers and optics with enhanced product properties. The components, modules and systems are developed and manufactured both in Jena as well as in the USA.

Over recent years the Jenoptik Group has seen its US optics business post growth from almost 13 million USD in 2005 to more than 20 million USD in 2009. With effect from January 1, 2010 all the US optics companies were amalgamated within JENOPTIK Optical Systems Inc. in order to utilize the synergies in the USA to greater effect in the future. JENOPTIK Optical Systems Inc. is headquartered in Jupiter (Florida) and has a total of 125 employees. "By amalgamating the activities we are consistently pursuing the objective of combining our business operations within large, powerful units. Now that we have one large optics company in the USA we are better placed to continue developing the North American market and improving the integration of the business with Jena," said Jenoptik Chairman Michael Mertin. As part of the strategic realignment Jenoptik had announced its intention to significantly expand its international business and to restructure it in the key regions.

Photonics West: Optical components for a safety system in city traffic and brilliant highpower diode lasers.

At the trade fair in San Francisco the Optical Systems division will be presenting itself as a provider for the development and manufacture of clientspecific optical and microoptical systems, modules and components for wavelengths ranging from XUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) to VIS (visible) through to IR (Infra Red). The focus at the trade fair will be on, amongst other things, precision optics for clientspecific applications and for laser material processing, microoptical pulse compression gratings with excellent thermal stability for utilization in particular in ultra short pulse lasers, as well as polymeroptical and optoelectronic components and systems for various sensor technologies and consequently for applications in the automobile industry, lighting and energy technology as well as for Life Sciences. The offering will also include system solutions and modules for use in digital imaging as well as special modulators. Highly efficient transmission pulse gratings for use in femtosecond lasers and plastic optic components for a laserbased optical sensor system for speed control (Closing Velocity) and consequently for accident prevention in city traffic, will receive their premiere at the trade fair.

The Lasers & Material Processing division will be exhibiting the entire value added chain for OEM laser beam sources, starting with semiconductor material, individual lasers and diode laser stack, to fibercoupled modules right up to disk and fiber lasers. In addition to the tried and tested standard products, further developments such as the ultra brilliant diode laser for pumping fiber lasers and for use in direct material processing will be presented together with the JenLas® disk IR50 disk laser for the manufacture of solar cell wafers.

Detailed information on the range of services available from the Jenoptik Group at the Photonics West trade fair from January 26-28, 2010 in San Francisco can be found at www.jenoptik.com/photonics. At Photonics West you will find Jenoptik in the Moscone Center, South Hall, Booth #1422.

Pickup in order intakes over recent months.

The North American market is one of the key growth regions for the Jenoptik Group. "This area offers us significant further potential for our entire product range in connection with local added value in the USA. The focus for the US market is in particular on the expansion of our optics core business in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing and Life Sciences as well as defense and security markets." stated Jenoptik Chairman Michael Mertin.

Following a marked reduction in the previous year, business in both the Lasers & Material Processing and Optical Systems divisions is expected to show an overall rise once again in 2010 although it will not yet return to the level achieved prior to the crisis. In 2009 the Jenoptik Group recorded sharp falls in sales, particularly as a result of the lack of demand for optical systems for the semiconductor industry since mid 2008. However, since autumn 2009 we have seen a slight pickup in demand in this area which continued in the first weeks of 2010.

In the Lasers & Material Processing division sales in the medical technology and photovoltaics industries in 2009 remained stable resp. reported slight growth and were able to partially compensate for reductions from the automotive industry. The photovoltaics and medical technology industries, as well as new laser technologies such as the fiber laser and innovative diode lasers for direct material processing, are expected to provide an impetus for growth in 2010.