ALPhANOV, the optical and laser technological center of the Route des lasers cluster, has expanded its facility in the Institut d’optique d’Aquitaine, near Bordeaux, France. The facility covers more than 6,500 ft2 and will be able to accommodate all of its teams, which were previously spread over two separate sites. The expansion features a larger cleanroom and experimental facilities. The laser micromachining department will join the Institut d’optique d’Aquitaine in early 2014.
ALPhANOV will be able to expand its work with the research center LAPHIA (Lasers and Photonics in Aquitaine) and within the LP2N laboratory (Laboratoire de Photonique, Numérique et Nanosciences), which is also installed in the Institut d’optique d’Aquitaine. The expansion allows the work done in large composites machining and tissue engineering by laser to increase, as well as the deployment of an industrialization pilot line.
The facility will be able to accommodate partner companies to strengthen existing projects or encourage the development of new collaborations. The scope of the technological support to the business development will be expanded through joint work with the entrepreneurship training of the Institut d’optique Graduate School (IOGS), another tenant of the new institute.
Benoit Appert-Collin, ALPhANOV CEO, says, “Our installation in the Institut d’optique d’Aquitaine, close to our industrial and scientific partners, will enable us to further expand our co-developments. Meanwhile, the significant increase of the surface of our facilities matches our plans for co-location of R&D and diversification of our areas of expertise.”
Release Date: November 25, 2013