PRESS RELEASE

Merger of Heidelberg Instruments and Multiphoton Optics strengthens German competitiveness in the international micro-optics market

March 30, 2021

Heidelberg/Würzburg, March 31, 2021 - Multiphoton Optics GmbH has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH. The pooling of development capabilities and technologies for producing microstructures further underscores the global importance of research, development and production of direct-writing laser systems “Made in Germany”. The merger also extends the company’s market position in the micro-optics sector.

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Multiphoton Optics‘ maskless 3D lithography enables the fabrication of complex structures in a single process step. The SEM image exemplarily shows the capability to generate lens systems for novel imaging or illumination applications.

Following the successful conclusion of M&A negotiations, the employees of Multiphoton Optics (MPO) are now part of the Heidelberg Instruments family, one of the international market leaders in laser lithography.

"MPO is a pioneer of two-photon lithography and has developed a high-performance exposure system for 3D printing down to the sub-micrometer range. With this, MPO closes a gap between conventional laser lithography - the basis of our strong core business - and the nanostructuring technology (t-SPL) we added to the Heidelberg Instruments Nano division three years ago. Together with MPO, we will further expand our position in the field of micro-optics and structured surfaces", says Konrad Roessler, CEO Heidelberg Instruments.

"MPO is a pioneer of two-photon lithography and has developed a high-performance exposure system for 3D printing down to the sub-micrometer range. With this, MPO closes a gap between conventional laser lithography - the basis of our strong core business - and the nanostructuring technology (t-SPL) we added to the Heidelberg Instruments Nano division three years ago. Together with MPO, we will further expand our position in the field of micro-optics and structured surfaces", says Konrad Roessler, CEO Heidelberg Instruments.

At present, MPO specializes in the production of free-form 3D surfaces and 3D structures of any design, with a particular focus on micro-optics. In research and development, the current focus is mainly on manufacturing processes using two-photon polymerization (TPP) and on application-specific software and hardware modules.

 

While Heidelberg Instruments has high expectations for the further development of 3D lithography systems at the MPO site in Würzburg, Multiphoton Optics will gain access to the sales potential, sales structures, production capacities and worldwide service network of the new parent company.

"Heidelberg Instruments is the perfect partner for us, as the merger will benefit customers, employees and the technology itself. Their global network increases our visibility and enables us to develop new systems based on two-photon polymerization as well as support more and more customers in implementing their applications and ideas", says Dr. Benedikt Stender, who will be the CEO of Multiphoton Optics.

Dr. Boris Neubert, previously responsible for Operations on the MPO management board and now driving the integration from within Heidelberg Instruments added: "By combining the strengths of both companies we will offer our customers even more powerful products and excellent service."

”It is a pleasure that MPO was affiliated into the HIMT family. I personally appreciate HIMT and I am convinced that these two technological market leaders ideally fit in their business activities. Good luck to both of them”, says Dr. Ruth Houbertz, President and Founder of Multiphoton Optics GmbH.

"MPO was our third fund investment. It is great that the company's success story continues with the strong partner HIMT and I am grateful that the FTTF was able to accompany part of this journey. For me, MPO is an excellent example of how German Deep Tech can be successfully and sustainably commercialised from research," says Joerg Wamser, Managing Partner at Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds (FTTF).

"We were involved as seed investor from the very beginning. Therefore, we are now very pleased that MPO was not only able to exit to HIMT, but has also found a new home there for the market launch of the 3D printers. We wish all employees and management of MPO all the best for this and thank them very much," adds Dr. Andreas Olmes, Principal/Prokurist at High-Tech Gründerfonds and investment manager at MPO.

"The fact that our technology from the Fraunhofer ISC has made the leap into a successful start-up, which could now be sold to HIMT, is a great success and corresponds to our mission of technology transfer," says Dominik Malter, Investment Manager Fraunhofer Venture.

 

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