2016, the global laser industry staged those or ‘buy’, or ‘sell’, or ‘advantage Union’ story is still impressive. Here, there are peer-to-peer cooperation between the strong upstream and downstream together, even more, we also see some cases of cross-border cooperation. Former rivals suddenly became partners, and yesterday’s partner is like integration, and constantly improve the industrial chain.
February 2016, the world’s leading supplier of production process control equipment MKS Instruments to 980 million US dollars of the value of the acquisition of optics, optoelectronics, high power laser pointer product manufacturing company Newport (Newport) under the brand of laser spectrum spectroscopy (Spectra-Physics) . MKS products are used in a variety of semiconductor devices, flat panel displays, solar cells, LED, optical storage media, glass coating, optoelectronic products such as production equipment and pharmaceutical and medical imaging equipment. Founded more than 50 years ago, Spectra-Physics is the first commercial laser company to have extensive experience in the field of lasers, and its products can be used in the manufacturing and operating rooms and labs. It is reported that this strategic acquisition will make the combination of the future annual income of about 1.4 billion US dollars.
In March 2016, when US-related Coherent announced the acquisition of Rofin at a total price of $ 942 million at $ 32.5 per share, it was undoubtedly a wave of excitement in the global burning laser pointer industry. John Ambroseo, president and chief executive officer of US-related companies, explained the market position of the combined company in a conference call in November 2016: “We are involved in four end markets: microelectronics, instrumentation, science and materials processing “On an independent basis, we have a leading position in the top three markets, and we are lagging behind in the materials processing sector.” Therefore, the acquisition of Roffen will double the market share in the target market. In any case, this is a win-win strategy: Roffen in the European market will continue to develop by leaps and bounds, before the relevant products and technologies will be most of the US and Asian markets.
In addition, the acquisition of Ruffin, the coherent will also get a new fiber laser module production line and improve the material processing turnkey system. As a result, all fiber laser business will focus on Rofin in Hamburg, Germany, the production base. While the original in Santa Clara, California, the laser diode package design and technology business will be transferred to Germany Mainz. This vertical integration will allow coherent expansion of its semiconductor plant, and is expected to be delivered in 2018, the vertical integrated fiber 5mw laser pointer, the chip is fully capable of compliance.
On March 31, 2016, Danish laser supplier NKT Photonics announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in Fianium, a British ultrafast fiber laser manufacturer, for € 27 million. The acquisition strengthens NKT Photonics’ position in the global market for ultrafast fiber lasers and supercontinuum light sources, combining the geographic coverage, manufacturing facilities, and complementary product portfolios of the two companies to provide better research and OEM customers service. Fianium continues to offer ultrafast fiber laser gain fibers and components as a strategic product line for NKT Photonics, while Fianium’s subsidiary in Southampton will continue to operate under the name of NKT Photonics.
In addition, Beijing Lingyun is NKT Photonics’s exclusive partner in China, in March 2015 set up in Beijing NKT photonics-Lingyun (China) fiber laser technology service center for domestic users to provide localized, professional technical support services . The company said that through the acquisition of Fianium, the integration of market resources, NKT Photonics in photonic crystal fiber, supercontinuum light sources and other applications in the global leader position to further strengthen.
In April 2016, Amada Miyachi Europe, a manufacturer of 400mw green laser welding, laser marking, laser cutting equipment and systems, announced the acquisition of MacGregor Welding Systems, Suffolk, England. MacGregor specializes in the design and manufacture of high-precision micro-connection devices, including DC micro resistance welding equipment, micro-pulsed arc, arc surge welding technology, and other welding technology. Through this acquisition, Amada Miyachi has expanded its range of products and services to better meet the needs of customers worldwide for complete welding. According to David Fawcet, president of Amada Miyachi Group, this cooperation will enable the two companies to further develop new resistance welding and other welding products to meet the needs of modern industry’s global customers.
August 2016, specializing in high-power semiconductor lasers research and development and production of Xi’an Ju-Technology Co., Ltd. spent 220 million yuan acquisition of the German LIMO Holding GmbH. The two sides in the technical and strength will be complementary and synergies, so that Ju-technology industry chain extension, the product will expand to more areas of growth. This is the torchlight technology “international + brand” established milestone in the development strategy. In the future, with the technical strength of Torchlight’s high-power semiconductor green laser pointer light source and the global leading position of LIMO in the field of micro-optics, the company will further enhance the company’s core competitiveness in light source technology, optical technology and coupling technology in the world. According to Dr. Liu Xingsheng, general manager of Juoguang Technology, said that in the future large-scale research and development of the company will continue to be carried out in Germany, and fiber-coupled production operations will all be transferred to China.
November 3, 2016, Han’s Laser through the capital increase of its wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong intends to 170 million yuan acquisition of Canadian special fiber manufacturer Coractive 80% of the shares. The acquisition will further expand the R & D and production of Han’s fiber lasers to the upper reaches of the optical fiber manufacturing sector, improve the layout of the industrial chain, and promote the company in the telecommunications, communications, sensor business development. In addition, Han is now increasing R & D investment, and actively promote the self-made fiber production, through the acquisition, the company will master a variety of fiber preparation core technology, and then the early realization of optical fiber business volume production targets.
In addition, Han’s current strategic layout becomes clearer, on the one hand is to promote laser pointer technology research and development and production, covering micro-processing and high-power applications, and cell technology research and development and system integration, including measurement and other non-laser business, the other On the one hand, continue to deepen the layout of the field of robotics, and strive to achieve high-end robot automation in the field of new breakthroughs.
On Nov. 25, 2016, Guangdong Zhengye Technology Co., Ltd. announced the acquisition of 100% equity interest in Shenzhen Hyun Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. After the completion of this transaction, Hyun-seok will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Science and Technology. Was founded in 2010, mainly engaged in LED packaging, LED placement machine and intelligent lighting production lines and other LED automation equipment and the overall solution of the development, design, production and sales, and gradually to the business of robot and semiconductor automated production equipment Domain extension. Today, LED equipment companies are using the power of capital into the rapid development of gold. In addition, the industry is science and technology, in recent years, the company extension of M & A action frequently, mainly focused on high-end manufacturing field layout. These mergers and acquisitions will enable companies in lithium battery automation equipment to produce significant synergies, but also for the company in the field of lithium battery automation equipment to open up a huge room for growth.
German semiconductor 200mw laser pointer manufacturer DILAS announced the merger with the German m2k-Laser company. On January 1, 2016, DILAS Semiconductor Laser Co., Ltd. under the Roffen Group formally merged with m2k-laser. In view of the previous m2k-laser products are mainly supplied to Germany DILAS, the merger is a logical result, and in line with the development interests of both sides. The combined corporate headquarters is located in Mainz, Germany, and will operate under the DILAS brand. While the factory in Freiburg, Germany, will be retained and transformed into the business of DILAS, named DILAS Semiconductor. Previously, the two companies have been working closely for many years, from Freiburg to provide semiconductor laser bar of the design and other additional services, and then implemented in Mainz packaging, beam shaping and complete system technology, the two sides formed a good technical complementarity. The combined company will provide highly competitive new products and technologies for the semiconductor lasers industry.
Admittedly, buying, selling, merging, restructuring and other actions, after all, any industry and enterprises to re-shuffle, the inevitable choice of rebirth. And believe that this complementary, powerful combination of the model will become the inevitable trend of the future development of the 100mw laser pointer industry.