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Anniversary at CeramOptec – the leading fibre optics specialist has turned 30!

 

 

Company foundation

Headquarters of CeramOptec® in Bonn

CeramOptec GmbH from Bonn, one of the internationally leading specialists for optical technologies (fused silica fibres and medical lasers), is celebrating 30 years of its existence. Following the foundation of the company in 1988, the focus was initially placed on glass fibres for laser technology, sensors and spectroscopy. In the years to follow, however, medical applications increasingly also became a primary focus. In 1999, this led to the foundation of biolitec AG, which today is one of the globally leading companies for laser medicine, and which in the meantime acts as the parent company of CeramOptec®.

International expansion

New production building in Livani

In addition to the focus on industry and medicine, international orientation was decisive for CeramOptec® from the very beginning. By 1991, a subsidiary had already been founded in Malaysia, and further subsidiaries followed in China (Beijing), India (Bangalore) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). Distribution partners in France, the USA, Japan and South Korea were also acquired. With the foundation of Ceram Optec SIA, with its headquarters in Riga, the complete glass fibre production was shifted to Latvia in 2014. At the production location in Livani, CeramOptec® not only manufactures glass fibres and glass fibre bundles, but also – as the only producer of such special fibres – their own glass fibre blanks (preforms).

Customer-specific preform production

A central milestone for the product development of CeramOptec® was the first diode laser for photodynamic therapy to be created worldwide. It was launched onto the market prior to the foundation of biolitec®, and is still produced by CeramOptec® today.

Technical innovations

The so-called standard range of CeramOptec® also includes the Optran® UV/WF fibre, which provides outstanding transmission performances and excellent radiation resistance across the entire light spectrum, from deep UV to IR. Particularly impressive are the special products Optran® UV NCC and Optran® UV NSS.

Optran® UV NCC with square cross-section

The UV NCC-fibre has a non-round fibre cross-section and therefore provides advantages in beam formation, as for example optical devices for the beam formation of the output beam are no longer required. It is the preferred choice in applications such as surface cleaning through laser or illumination.

Schematic drawing of Optran® UV NSS

The UV NSS-fibre has been especially developed for the UV-C spectral range and provides an improved solarisation resistance which renders it predestined for use in the fields of spectroscopy or medical diagnostics.

Due to the fact that the entire production chain at CeramOptec®– from manufacture of the preforms to the finished fibres – is bundled under one roof, it is possible for the company to address customer-specific wishes at any time in the production process, and therefore to realise extremely individual solutions.

The CeramOptec® trade fair stand

In addition to direct customer contact, CeramOptec® maintains intensive contact with numerous cooperation partners at several international trade fairs throughout the year and uses this possibility to remain informed on the latest developments in the branch at specialist conferences and lectures.