Ann Arbor, Mich. – IMRA America Inc. is celebrating its 20-year anniversary as a research and development company in the field of fiber lasers.
IMRA America was founded in 1990 by Japanese automotive supplier, Aisin Group, to develop technologies to benefit industry and society as a whole. Located in Ann Arbor, it accesses the University of Michigan as a source of high quality research employees and is poised to serve the evolving US auto industry. Scientists at IMRA America have developed more than 150 patented inventions over the last two decades, making IMRA America a leader in the advancement of ultra-fast fiber laser technology.
IMRA America’s ultra-fast technologies are used for many purposes beyond the automobile industry, such as for LASIK surgery and micromachining. With over 240 additional inventions in patent-pending status or soon to be the subject of patent applications, IMRA's research efforts are progressing at a fast pace. IMRA president Takashi Omitsu expresses a deep confidence that when IMRA America’s developments are fully recognized and used, they will provide significant benefits to societies throughout the world in further fulfillment of the company's research and development goals.
With 70 employees at the company’s advanced 54,000 square-foot facilities, IMRA America's growth has been focused in Ann Arbor. IMRA's expansion has been supported by state and local governments, including the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. IMRA’s recent 22,000 square-foot addition, which received a gold certificate from the US Green Building Council for Leadership in environmental and energy design, marks its strong commitment to growth in Michigan and further breakthrough R&D contributions.
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