Focus on a distributor – Photonix Edge, USA
Can you please introduce yourself and your company?
Yves Deiss, Photonix Edge: I am the owner of Photonix Edge, a distributor of optical components, subsystems, and instruments for the United States market. I have a background in electrical engineering with a Master’s degree from Lehigh University and accumulated 18 years of experience in sales and marketing in the US photonics industry.
For most of my career, I have been working as a fiber laser and fiber amplifier sales engineer. This has been a wonderful experience as I have witnessed the growth of industrial fiber lasers and the expansion of fiber-based applications.
I created Photonix Edge in December 2015 with the goal of promoting European photonics to the United States. It is also my intention to provide US engineers and researchers with new, reliable and state of the art optical tools and solutions.
Can you please describe your relationship with RESOLUTION Spectra Systems?
Yves Deiss, Photonix Edge: I have known about RESOLUTION Spectra Systems for a few years. The company was exhibiting at various US conferences that I attended. I recall meeting your President – Christophe Bonneville – during a CLEO conference for the first time.
After I established Photonix Edge we decided to work together and formalized the agreement during the 2017 Photonics West conference in San Francisco.
RESOLUTION Spectra Systems has a very dynamic and competent team with excellent products. It has been a pleasure to work together in 2017 and I am looking forward to an increased partnership and US sales in 2018.
What trends do you currently see in the laser industry?
Yves Deiss, Photonix Edge: I see a bright future for the laser industry as lasers are being deployed in a growing number of applications.There is of course the industrial use of lasers for cutting, welding, micromachining, marking that has been driving growth in recent years. Even though most applications do not require any wavelength monitoring, laser manufacturers may need to monitor the laser spectrum and wavelength during laser assembly or for diagnosis.
Another major growth area for lasers is the autonomous vehicle market where LIDAR systems are being deployed on robots, UAVs and cars.
All other areas I can think of requiring lasers such as telecommunications and medical are growing markets for 2018.
Finally, we expect an increased demand for lasers in the R&D and military areas as budgets for defense should increase in the United States.
All of this should drive demand for wavelength meters and laser spectrum analyzers.