Pacific Lasertec traces its roots to 1979, when Melles Griot formed a laser manufacturing facility in San Marcos, California. The company's robust designs and vertically integrated manufacturing delivered the highest performance HeNe lasers in the world, resulting in a global market share in excess of 70%.
While solid-state technology began displacing some demand for gas lasers in the 1990's, a very solid and profitable business has remained for this technology, due to its extremely narrow spectral line-width, long operating lifetime, outstanding beam quality and high-value price points.
Pacific Lasertec - a New Beginning . . .
Melles Griot shifted away from its component-level laser manufacturing, which led a core group of former employees to acquire the associated assets in 2018.
We are proud to report that as of today, Pacific Lasertec has well-surpassed the unit volumes of the legacy Melles Griot business. In addition, with the acquisition of Voltex, Inc., in November of 2022, Pacific Lasertec is the only HeNe laser supplier with its own power supply manufacturing expertise.
Pacific Lasertec - The Path Forward . . .
Looking further towards the future, in August of 2023, the company joined forces with Pfingsten Partners to build a strong photonics platform. Leveraging Pfingsten’s operational resources, global capabilities, conservative capital structure, and strong cultural fit will enable our business to rapidly scale and diversify in the coming years.
We look forward to continuing the tradition that began in 1979, with outstanding quality, reliability and performance.