Laser micromaterials processing equipment maker Photonics Systems Group (Krailling, Germany) has signed an agreement granting the company exclusive license rights to the circuit trim product portfolio of Electro Scientific Industries (ESI; Portland, OR), which manufactures laser-based micromanufacturing systems and component test systems. The goal of the agreement is to ensure worldwide service and support for ESI's existing circuit trim customers and to further develop the product market for the companies of the group.
Acquired by MKS Instruments (Andover, MA) in February 2019, ESI has 50 years of expertise in laser trimming. From telecommunications to automotive to aerospace, its circuit trim solutions serve a wide range of end markets.
With the license agreement, the Photonics Systems Group receives access to patents and know-how for the production, support, and service of the ESI LT22XX, LT31XX, and LT41XX systems. This will enable the continuous support and service for customers of these systems.
“With the acquisition of the rights for this already-established product line, we are not only able to expand our expertise but are also strengthen our position within the European, and especially within the U.S. market, to establish ourselves in the manufacturing environment for laser trimming systems,” says Markus Nicht, CEO of Photonics Systems Group.