JENA, Germany and TOKYO, Nov. 14 -- Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH of Jena, Germany, and Kantum Electronics Co. Ltd., an importer and distributor of lasers and optical instruments in Japan, have founded a new company, Jenoptik Laserdiode Japan Co. Ltd.
The new venture, which has three employees at its Tokyo headquarters, is retroactive to Aug. 1, 2005. Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH holds a 33-percent stake and Kantum owns the remaining share. The two companies have had a marketing partnership since 1997. They said Jenoptik Laserdiode Japan will focus on expanding their Japanese markets for sales of high-power diode lasers.
Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH is a subsidiary of Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH, in the photonics division of Jenoptik AG. It makes high-power diode lasers that are used chiefly as an excitation source for solid-state lasers or as a direct beam source in medical technology and material processing. Kantum Electronics, based in Tokyo, also makes CO2 lasers and peripheral products, such as power supplies and cooling units.
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