10 August 2020

LASEA acquires the OPTEC company, one of the historic leaders in micromachining laser machines

The LASEA group, one of the world leaders for the design and manufacture of precision laser machines, announces the purchase of the majority shares of the OPTEC company. Based in Frameries (Belgium) and in San Diego (USA), OPTEC is specialised in UV and ultra-short pulse lasers with a strong presence in the USA and Asia. The new Group offers all subtractive and additive laser solutions for 4 preferred sectors (Luxury Goods, Medical, Electronics, Academic). Thanks to this merger, the Belgian group based in Wallonia, has achieved a critical size on the world stage. With more than 110 employees in 4 countries, more than 1000 systems installed on 5 continents and counting several clients who are giants in the Luxury Goods, Medical and Electronics industries and the most prestigious Universities, it confirms its strategic position as the European Leader in micromachining applications.  

OPTEC, the Mons based high-tech company, pioneer in athermal laser micro-machining 

Founded in 1991 and born out of the LABEL company, a spin-off from the University of Mons, OPTEC designs and manufactures laser micro-machining machines for the medical and electronics sectors and for safety marking. For over 30 years, it has specialised in precision machining of polymer materials using Excimer lasers (short pulse, UV lasers). It is also a major player in the field of ultra-short pulse lasers. These two athermal processes are capable of micron-size precision, offering very high performances both from a quality and a reliability point of view for the most cutting-edge applications. 

LASEA, the Liege based high-tech company, pioneer in ultra-short pulse laser micromachining 

With an organic annual growth of 32 percent since 2012, in 7 years, LASEA has multiplied its revenue and number of employees by a factor of 7. It is rapidly increasing its market share in the USA and Japan. LASEA machines can be used for cutting, marking, engraving, drilling, thin film ablation and texturing of materials with unequalled quality and precision (up to 0.2 microns, i.e. 250 times less than the diameter of a hair). With cutting-edge R and D on the international level, it regularly introduces innovations well ahead of the state-of-the-art straight cutting, bio-mimicry, simultaneous 7-axes machining, and more). With this merger, LASEA reinforces its position in the luxury goods sector with ceramic machining (MachCeram patent) and pursues its diversification undertaken several years ago in new sectors.  

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