Lithuanian Laser Industry Leaders Participate in CIOE
The laser industry, or optoelectronics, in Lithuania is a curious and inspiring case of success. While we rarely get up close with lasers in our everyday life (or don’t realize we do), they are still an essential part of medicine and technological innovation.
Optoelectronics is one of the most significant industries in Lithuania, and it is easy to understand why. A country of fewer than 3 million people now generates 1% of the world’s total laser revenue, and 90 of the 100 of the world’s top universities use Lithuania-made lasers for their research!
While earlier, the industry was focused on the scientific laser niche, the improvement in laser technologies allowed Lithuanian laser products to start working in the industrial market, where almost half of the total sales currently take place.
The stars of Lithuania’s laser industry are participating in China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) in Shenzhen on September 9-11th. The participation of Lithuanian companies in the exhibition is organized by Enterprise Lithuania.
Light Conversion: creating the world’s most powerful lasers
Light Conversion is one of the well-established players in the field, founded in 1994. The company focuses on femtosecond lasers, their systems, and optical parametric amplifiers. Light Conversion exports products to over 40 countries in the world.
How are the products used? The products are essential for scientific research, while optical parametric amplifiers specifically are used in the production of electronic devices. Femtosecond lasers produced by Light Conversion appear in surgical procedures and ophthalmology.
Light Conversion cooperating with EKSPLA created one of the most powerful lasers in the world, and the most powerful one created in Lithuania, SYLOS1. The product is now in ELI-ALPS Kutatóközpont International Laser Research center in Szeged, Hungary. The laser system generates high-intensity, ultrashort pulses with the peak power 1,000 times greater than the most powerful nuclear power plant in the US. The current state of SYLOS laser system already sets a new standard of reliability in ultrafast laser technology.
EKSPLA: Providing lasers to significant clients since 1992
Another long-running laser company is EKSPLA, with 28 years of experience and a close partnership with the scientific community.
EKSPLA focuses on the design and manufacturing of advanced lasers and systems. The ability to effectively tailor products for specific applications or according to specific requirements is one of the main competences of Ekspla. More than 700 picosecond lasers EKSPLA produces are used across all continents (except Antarctica).
EKSPLA-made lasers can be found in 66 out of 100 top universities. Clients like CERN, NASA, ELI, Max Planck Institute, Cambridge University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or the Japan University of Science have chosen EKSPLA as their partner. The company already has over 20 representative offices worldwide.
EKSPLA’s products are mostly applied in scientific research as well as heavy-duty operation, various branches of technology, LCD and OLED display repair, patterning, drilling, and medicine, amongst others. The lasers can be used to process a wide range of materials: from ultra-hard brittle materials to sapphire and silicon.
EKSMA Optics: standard and custom optical and crystal components
EKSMA Optics is a manufacturer and global supplier of precision optical components and optical systems for high-power laser applications, laser media, and optomechanics, amongst others.
It provides custom optical and crystal components and also offers a wide range of standard catalog products for the fast off-the-shelf delivery. EKSMA products are used in scientific research, medical, aesthetic, military, and aerospace markets.
EKSMA’s Optics optical components for high-power UV lasers are widely used in medicine, life science, scientific applications, and semiconductor manufacturing. The growing interest in UV laser applications also leads to new developments in the product.
EKSPLA and EKSMA Optics has established a branch in Shanghai which represents both companies in China. It facilitates the further expansion of sales, provides technical support and lasers’ service for customers from China and other countries in Asia.
Workshop of Photonics (WOP): a pioneer in femtosecond laser micromachining
One of the unique features in the laser industry is neverending research to improve the product. WOP stands out and conducts over 400 feasibility studies a year and operates one of the largest femtosecond laser micromachining laboratories in Europe and cleanroom facilities.
WOP specializes in femtosecond laser micromachining and offers an assortment of products and services. Exceptional expertise lies in glass processing – WOP can handle any glass at submicron resolution and ultrahigh precision & quality.
China is the key market for the company, and the partnership covers more than ten provinces across the country for more than ten years. WOP mostly works with universities across China, delivering femtosecond laser micromachining workstations.
Altechna is a Lithuania-based manufacturer of precision laser components and accessories
Since 1996, they have created and developed complex technological solutions and custom designs for the most powerful lasers in the industry. The team of over 100 people has in-depth knowledge on dielectric coatings and optical designs allows their industrial customers to reconsider their laser geometries and achieve even higher peak levels of power or reduce the weight of commercial products. From test batch to mass production, the quality and repeatability of each product are assured at our metrology laboratory. So, if your challenge involves anything from femtosecond to continuous-wave technology, Altechne is here to support you with our innovative solutions.
China is one of the leading regions in semiconductor industry and continuously improve its technological capabilities to meet a worldwide demand. In CIOE Altechna is going to focus on laser micromachining challenges for this industry – high power laser optics and automated control of laser beam. Laser beam delivery is one of the core parts making micromachining production more efficient and precise. Their solutions are mainly used in processing of PCB, LED screens and glass for consumer electronics. This is what makes your smartphone better and affordable.
German industry has partnered with Lithuania for decades. But recently their collaboration has deepened.
Over the last years, German companies, notably Continental, Hella, Rehau and Schmitz Cargobull, have established a significant presence in Lithuania. . One of the most recent stories of German-Lithuania cooperation is demonstrated by Elinta Charge. This Lithuanian company is on a mission to unleash e-mobility by designing award-winning smart AC chargers for electric vehicles (EVs).
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