OXFORD, MA-IPG Photonics Corp., maker of fiber lasers and amplifiers, has opened an 8,000-square-foot laser micro processing applications facility that will serve West Coast customers. The facility will concentrate on the advancement of laser micro-processing for the photovoltaic and medical device industries. Located in Santa Clara, CA, the heart of Silicon Valley, it also will work with IPG’s other applications facilities around the world, including Oxford, MA; Novi, MI; Yokohama-shi, Japan; Moscow, Russia; Daejon, Korea; Beijing, China; Milan, Italy; and Burbach, Germany.

IPG Photonics has named Dr. Tony Hoult, an industry veteran with more than 22 years of hands-on laser applications experience, particularly in the field of fiber lasers, as general manager – West Coast operations.

“I have always enjoyed working with the latest laser technology as this often allows new processing regimes to be identified,” says Hoult. “Bringing these new lasers and process capabilities together will allow IPG to make this facility a unique center of expertise for advanced laser micro-processing. We will split our time between internally generated projects aimed at improving our understanding of fiber laser processing, processing customer samples and providing feedback on the performance of the many new fiber laser products that are emerging from IPG Photonics.”

For more information, call (408) 748-1348 or visitwww.ipgphotonics.com.