Who We Are
Laurin Publishing Company, Inc.
PO Box 4949
Pittsfield, MA 01202-4949
fax: (413) 442-3180
Laurin Publishing maintains additional editorial offices throughout the world. Press releases, news items and editorial inquiries should be directed to our main office.
What We Publish
Photonics Spectra is today's leading source of technological solutions and of news and information about photonics. It is the magazine referred to worldwide by the largest audience of photonics engineers, scientists and end users. Integrating all segments of photonics, Photonics Spectra is unique in that it provides both technical and practical information for every aspect of the global industry. For a free subscription, visit Photonics.com/subscribe.
With 3 million page views annually, Photonics.com is clearly the first place industry professionals turn to when they need an authoritative, comprehensive source of photonics information.
Photonics.com reports on what's timely and of interest to the photonics community: news, technology advances, research, company changes and profiles, new products, feature articles and major industry events. The site also features the online editions (and archives) of the award-winning Photonics Spectra magazine, BioPhotonics magazine, Industrial Photonics magazine and EuroPhotonics; online versions of the Photonics Buyers' Guide, the Photonics Handbook and Photonics Dictionary; video, webinars, white papers, a community forum, and tradeshow coverage including a calendar of courses and events.
Photonics.com also publishes several e-newsletters to keep industry professionals informed of the latest developments in key technology areas.
BioPhotonics is designed to present the latest global developments and techniques from the photonics industry to those involved in the medical and biotechnological disciplines. BioPhotonics' buying audience is made up of people who use photonics technology in biotechnological or medical products and procedures, plus key researchers looking for new photonics techniques and products to improve methodology and solve problems.
New from Photonics Media in 2014, Industrial Photonics is for everyone working to integrate light-based technologies into industrial settings and processes. It is a global resource on lasers, sensors, machine vision and automation systems for materials processing, process control and production.
EuroPhotonics magazine provides accurate and timely information about photonic products available in the European marketplace. Its focus is strongly European and its content covers photonics technologies from conventional optics and electro-optics to lasers, fibre optics and imaging, as well as photonic component manufacturing.
Photonics Buyers' Guide
Since 1954, the Photonics Buyers' Guide has been the most up-to-date international photonics buyers' guide and reference source for the optics, lasers, imaging, fiber optics, electro-optics and photonics component manufacturing industries. This publication provides engineers, designers and purchasing decision-makers quick and easy access to information about companies and products. It continues to be the most trusted reference in the industry with the most detailed and accurate company database in the world. Available in print and online at PhotonicsBuyersGuide.com.
The Photonics Showcase offers a bimonthly opportunity for advertisers to present products and information resources in standard-format ad units in a high-quality supplement to US subscribers of Photonics Spectra and attendees at major trade shows. The Showcase is also published online at PhotonicsShowcase.com.
The first Optical Industry Directory was published in 1954 by Dr. Clifton Tuttle, an eminent retired Eastman Kodak physicist. At its inception the Directory was a small single volume with the large goal of establishing itself as the bible of the photonics industry. It succeeded notably, expanding over the years into the present multimedia publication.
Teddi C. Laurin joined the company in 1962 and, as publisher, worked closely with Dr. Tuttle to define the industry for the first time. In 1967, in response to industry demands, she founded and launched Optical Spectra, which soon gained repute as the industry's leading trade magazine. In 1982 the magazine's name was changed to Photonics Spectra to reflect the growing influence of these new light-based technologies. Today, the worldwide distribution of Photonics Spectra is over 90,000 copies.
In 1964 Francis T. Laurin and Teddi C. Laurin purchased and incorporated the company, which later became known as Laurin Publishing Company.
The senior management team of Laurin Publishing Company today includes Thomas F. Laurin, president, and Ryan F. Laurin and Kristina A. Laurin, vice presidents.
Laurin Publishing currently maintains a staff of 50 employees at its headquarters in Pittsfield, Mass. and at its editorial and sales branch offices. The company also includes several contributing editors located around the world and an editorial advisory board of over 25 leaders in the photonics industry.
Since its founding in 1954, the company has adhered to a philosophy of editorial quality and integrity that ensures that advertisers reach the largest number of loyal readers. Because of this philosophy, the company has maintained an international reputation for leadership in Photonics.
Over the past five decades Laurin Publishing has fostered a tradition of innovation that has defined the industry. As our publications grew — following the technology into an ever widening range of applications — it became evident that the fields of optics, lasers, imaging, fiber optics, electro-optics and photonics component manufacturing had become so interrelated that a unifying name was needed. Thus was born the term "Photonics."
Through the years, our mission has remained unchanged: To actively encourage progress and not simply reflect it, for all of us in the photonics industry can best achieve success by sharing our knowledge, our insights, and our visions for the future.