Lasea acquires micromachining firm Optec

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The Lasea group now has 110 employees (above: Lasea, below: Optec), with more than 1,000 systems installed on five continents.

Ultrafast laser machine manufacturer Lasea has acquired Optec, a manufacturer of laser micromachining systems for the medical and electronics sectors.

The acquisition will enable the Lasea Group to offer a wider range of subtractive and additive laser solutions for the luxury goods, medical, electronics and academic sectors.

Founded in 1991, Optec designs and manufactures laser micromachining machines for the medical and electronics sectors, and for safety marking. For over 30 years, it has specialised in the precision machining of polymer materials using excimer lasers (short-pulse UV lasers). The firm is based in both Frameries, Belgium and San Diego, USA, and overall has sold over 600 laser systems worldwide.

Specialising in femtosecond laser micromachining, Lasea, based in Angleur, Belgium, has experienced organic annual growth of 32 per cent since 2012, while multiplying its revenue and number of employees by seven over the past seven years. The firm is rapidly increasing its market share in the USA and Japan. Lasea machines can be used for cutting, marking, engraving, drilling, thin film ablation and texturing of materials with high quality and precision (up to 0.2µm – 250 times less than the diameter of a hair). 

‘The success of the merger between our two companies will be very easy to achieve as the companies are close and already share common values (customer satisfaction, innovation, agility, continuous improvement),’ said Axel Kupisiewicz, CEO of Lasea. ‘With Optec, we accumulate more than 50 years of experience in pulsed lasers and nearly 30 years in ultra-short pulse lasers! Our technological and commercial synergies are obvious. We are convinced that our respective customers will benefit from the pooling of our operations and that our new products will continue to meet the demands of rapidly growing markets.’ 

The Lasea group now has more than 110 employees in four countries, with more than 1,000 systems installed on five continents.

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