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Thorlabs Acquires Fiber Optic Product Line from Norland Products

Newton, NJ - October 25, 2018 -Thorlabs announced today that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire the Fiber Optic Portfolio of Norland Products Inc. and has made the GL16 All-in-One Interferometer and CC6000 Portable Interferometer available for purchase through its website. Headquartered in Cranbury, New Jersey, Norland is a global leader in the development of high-performance UV curing adhesives and interferometric test equipment for the fiber optic industry as well as a distributor of a high-purity fish gelatin and fish collagen used in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

The Norland products will be incorporated into Thorlabs’ existing Vytran® business unit, a 20,000 square foot facility located in Morganville, New Jersey. The Vytran team designs and manufactures an array of products geared towards high-volume optical fiber processing and assembly, including high-precision fusion splicers, cleavers, recoaters, and proof testers. Their technologies are utilized in a broad range of precision applications ranging from telecommunications and medical components to fiber lasers and sensing systems.

"We are excited to add the Norland fiber products to our portfolio," said Alex Cable, President and Founder of Thorlabs. "The product offering is a natural extension to our Vytran® fiber processing competencies, allowing us to provide more sophisticated and automated solutions to address the various inspection needs that arise on the factory floor."

"The integration of Norland Products’ Fiber Optic product line into Thorlabs’ portfolio is a perfect fit," said Tim Norland, President of Norland Products Inc. "I’m sure Thorlabs will continue to advance and improve the technology behind Norland’s Fiber Optic Test Equipment so that they can meet their customers' needs now and in the future."

About Norland Products: Founded in 1960, Norland Products Inc. is a global leader in high value optical and electronic adhesives for various markets such as Military and Commercial Optics, Fiber Optics, LEDs, LCDs, OLEDs, Lasers, Lithography, Waveguides, Microfabrication, and other Electronic Applications. For more information on Norland Products, please visit www.norlandproducts.com.

About Thorlabs: Thorlabs, a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer, was founded in 1989 to serve the laser and electro-optics research market. As that market has spawned a multitude of technical innovations, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. The organization’s highly integrated and diverse manufacturing assets include semiconductor fabrication of Fabry-Perot, DFB, and VCSEL lasers; fiber towers for drawing both silica and fluoride glass optical fibers; MBE/MOCVD epitaxial wafer growth reactors; extensive glass and metal fabrication facilities; advanced thin film deposition capabilities; and optomechanical and optoelectronic shops.


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