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SPI Lasers celebrates 20 years of innovation
This year, SPI Lasers, the UK-based designer and manufacturer of fiber lasers will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, marking two decades of innovation and growth; cementing its position as one of the world’s longest established fiber laser manufacturers.
In 2000, Southampton Photonics Inc, as it was originally known, was founded as a spin-out company from Southampton University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, initially specialising in fiber optical components for the telecommunications industry but going on to develop both pulsed and CW fiber lasers under the redENERGY and redPOWER brands – lasers that now enable a significant element of industrial manufacturing around the globe.
Over the last 20 years, the 50,000+ laser units deployed by SPI have been heavily involved in producing a myriad of everyday devices from some of the world’s leading brands; all from lasers manufactured at their facilities located in Southampton and Rugby.
Over the past two decades, SPI has moved from generating lasers with just a few watts capacity, up to the 20kW machines they produce today and is also looking forward to a future of continued innovation and development.
Mark Greenwood, chief executive for SPI Lasers, said: “It’s taken dedication and commitment to become a leader in the design and manufacture of some of the worlds finest fiber lasers, none of which would have been possible without being able to bring together some of the most creative and brightest minds in the business.
“Our ethos of encouraging sharing and learning has resulted in some fantastic developments and a lot of fun along the way. I for one am looking forward to what developments the next twenty years will bring!”