News › Optics Bal­zers • Mater­ion Com­ple­tes Optics Bal­zers Acquisition

The path to beco­ming the lea­ding sup­plier of opti­cal thin film coa­tings is clear: On Mon­day July 20, 2020 the US based Mater­ion Cor­po­ra­tion, lis­ted on the New York Stock Exch­ange, announ­ced that fol­lo­wing the anti­trust review, the purchase of Optics Bal­zers AG was com­ple­ted in cash. The Jena loca­tion will be strengthened.

The acqui­si­tion of Optics Bal­zers by Mater­ion was alre­ady announ­ced on June 8, 2020. The com­bi­na­tion of Mater­ion and Optics Bal­zers crea­tes a pre­mier opti­cal thin film coa­ting solu­ti­ons pro­vi­der with a highly com­ple­men­tary geo­gra­phic, pro­duct, and end mar­ket port­fo­lio.  Com­ple­men­tary tech­no­lo­gies across the elec­tro­ma­gne­tic spec­trum boost the capa­bi­li­ties of the com­bi­ned busi­ness and posi­tion Mater­ion to capi­ta­lize on key mega­trends to drive topline growth. For the Jena loca­tion, the take­over repres­ents a streng­thening, says Ste­fan Jakobs, Mana­ging Direc­tor of Optics Bal­zers Jena: “We are loo­king for­ward to the oppor­tu­ni­ties the com­bi­na­tion of the two com­pa­nies are offe­ring to us. The ball is now in our court and we are loo­king for­ward to working jointly with all teams on cap­tu­ring the growth potential.“

«Great day for Optics Balzers»

“Today is a great day for us. We can shift into a hig­her gear gro­wing our busi­ness and beco­ming a true glo­bal lea­der in thin film opti­cal coa­tings”, Det­lev Häus­ler says. He is CEO of Optics Bal­zers with head­quar­ters in Liech­ten­stein and sites in Ger­many and Malay­sia and empha­si­zes: “We are ser­ving one of the most attrac­tive growth mar­kets and the key fac­tor of suc­cess is growth.“ The­r­e­fore, about a year ago the search for a stra­te­gic inves­tor began. The fact that the sales nego­tia­ti­ons and also the anti­trust review could be con­cluded so quickly is a good sign, he says: “Our tech­no­lo­gies com­ple­ment each other. We can now sup­port our cus­to­mers much more com­pre­hen­si­vely with opti­cal solu­ti­ons from ultra­vio­let to infrared. This opens up new busi­ness oppor­tu­ni­ties.« Häus­ler cites gas sen­sors as a cur­rent exam­ple with great poten­tial. The list could be exten­ded indefinitely.

Com­mit­ment to sites

The take­over is a long-term com­mit­ment to the mar­kets and pro­duc­tion sites of Optics Bal­zers:  The com­pany will be an important part in Materion‘s Pre­cis­ion Coa­tings Divi­sion. “I would like to extend a very warm wel­come to the entire Optics Bal­zers team,” said Jugal Vijay­var­giya, Mater­ion Pre­si­dent and Chief Exe­cu­tive Offi­cer. “I am loo­king for­ward to the col­la­bo­ra­tion bet­ween our teams to sup­port cus­to­mers glo­bally and deli­ver lea­ding edge solutions.”

Über Optics Balzers

Optics Bal­zers (loca­ted in the Prin­ci­pa­lity of Liech­ten­stein) has been the pre­fer­red part­ner for pro­vi­ding inno­va­tive opti­cal coa­tings and solu­ti­ons for more than 70 years. Tog­e­ther with its sub­si­dia­ries in Jena (Ger­many) and Penang (Malay­sia), Optics Bal­zers is a glo­bal lea­der in the sup­ply of opti­cal coa­tings and com­pon­ents and employs around 600 peo­ple. The Liech­ten­stein-based high-tech com­pany focu­ses on sel­ec­ted mar­kets such as Life Sci­en­ces, Indus­try, Con­su­mer, Space, Auto­mo­tive and Light­ing. The pro­ducts and ser­vices offe­red range from opti­cal coa­tings and glass pro­ces­sing, pat­ter­ning and bon­ding tech­no­lo­gies, to the manu­fac­ture of com­plete opti­cal sub­as­sem­blies and are ack­now­led­ged as being uni­que worldwide.

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About Mater­ion

Mater­ion Cor­po­ra­tion is head­quar­te­red in May­field Heights, Ohio. The Com­pany, through its wholly owned sub­si­dia­ries, sup­plies highly engi­nee­red advan­ced enab­ling mate­ri­als to glo­bal mar­kets. Pro­ducts include pre­cious and non-pre­cious spe­cialty metals, inor­ga­nic che­mi­cals and pow­ders, spe­cialty coa­tings, spe­cialty engi­nee­red beryl­lium alloys, beryl­lium and beryl­lium com­po­si­tes, and engi­nee­red clad and pla­ted metal systems.

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Image: The Jena plant of Optics Bal­zers is to be strengthened.


Dirk von Frajer
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