Melles Griot Acquires Helium Neon Laser Business

Carlsbad, California-Melles Griot and Coherent have agreed that Melles Griot
will begin supplying Helium Neon (HeNe) lasers directly to Coherent customers.
Coherent previously distributed the products, which are manufactured by
Melles Griot, under a private-label arrangement.

With more than 2.8 million lasers shipped since 1979, Melles Griot is the leading worldwide manufacturer of this technology. According to Emery Skarupa, General Manager for Melles Griot Laser Group, "Those customers who previously purchased HeNe lasers from Coherent will now have direct access to our manufacturing capacity, broad engineering disciplines and most importantly, our long term commitment to this technology." Skarupa continues "The transition should be almost invisible to Coherent customers, as they are in fact; the same lasers they have been getting all along."
Blake Fennell, Chief Executive Officer for Melles Griot adds "The ability for these customers to purchase directly from the manufacturer gives them access to our worldwide sales, support and service network, along with a broad portfolio of complimentary technologies including diodepumped solid-state and diode lasers with wavelengths from the UV to the near-IR. Combined with our expertise in optical design, thin film coatings, opto-mechanics and electronics, we offer solutions from simple components to complex subassemblies and light engines."

Melles Griot is a leading global supplier of photonics products including optical components and systems, lasers, motion control systems, laser measurement instrumentation, opto-mechanical hardware and vibration isolated work surfaces. The company has manufacturing and distribution activities in 41 countries, serving industries as diverse as semiconductor, biotechnology, metrology and research. Melles Griot is a Barloworld Scientific company.

For information on these new laser systems, contact:
Melles Griot Laser Group
Lisa Tsufura
Marketing Manager
2051 Palomar Airport Road, 200
Carlsbad, California 92011
Phone: (800) 645-2737 / (760) 438-2131
FAX: (760) 438-5208

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