February 28, 2014—Laser maker ROFIN-SINAR (Plymouth, Mich., U.S.A.) has agreed to acquire the asssets of FiLaser USA LLC (Portland, Ore., U.S.A.) and its subsidiaries. The deal, expected to close in March, includes all intellectual property such as trademarks, know-how, patents and patent applications.
FiLaser is a designer and developer of precision cutting and drilling technology and processes for brittle materials including glass, sapphire and semiconductor substrates for touch panels, LCDs, cell phone displays, LEDs, and the semiconductor market. It is a small company and does not list any subsidiaries, although the company previously collaborated with ultrafast laser companies Innolas and Lumera Laser.
The asset purchase agreement will allow ROFIN to market FiLaser’s technology, and to expand their ultrashort pulse laser offering to include the specialized cutting technique.
Jeffrey Albelo, FiLaser chief executive officer and chairman, said, “We believe the nexus of FiLaser innovation and ROFIN expertise in systems and lasers to be a winning combination. It enables optimal capture in the broadest market cross-section and greatly improves the adoption profile.”