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4 June 2007


QPC hires VP of manufacturing as it transitions to commercial production

QPC Lasers Inc of Sylmar, CA, USA , which is developing and commercializing high-power semiconductor lasers for the defense, homeland security, industrial, and medical markets, has named Ronald Moeller as VP of Manufacturing to drive expansion for its new generation of high-brightness laser products.

Moeller brings 20 years of experience in manufacturing, engineering and operations management at venture-stage and emerging-growth semiconductor, laser and photonics companies. He joins from Kotura Inc, a designer and manufacturer of silicon photonics, where he had been VP of operations and manufacturing from 2004. Previous management experience include positions with Ortel Corp (acquired by Lucent/Agere, Emcore), Multilink Technology Corp (acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor) and Phasebridge Inc (acquired by Emcore).

“Ron has an outstanding track record building highly efficient manufacturing operations for rapidly growing laser and semiconductor companies,” says chairman and CEO Jeff Ungar. “As we accelerate the transition of our technology into commercial production, Ron will be instrumental in leading a scalable ramp up of our manufacturing operations across medical, industrial and defense product lines.”

*QPC awarded follow-on contract for high-precision industrial lasers

QPC has been awarded a follow-on contract to deliver high-performance production prototype lasers to a European customer for high-precision industrial measurement applications. The contract brings the customer’s total orders for the product to more than $500,000 in the past 12 months and signals the transition from the development phase to early-stage production.

QPC says that high-precision measurement, motion control, and positioning with lasers are critical to the defense, homeland security, and industrial markets, where measurement of distance, temperature and pressure is required.

“QPC's proprietary Internal Grating technology offers state-of-the-art performance from a substantially more lightweight, compact and cost-effective laser solution compared with the traditional multi-stage gas, solid-state, or fiber lasers currently on the market,” claims Paul Rudy, VP of marketing & sales. “We are confident in our capabilities to continue to commercialize our technology and expand our business into other industrial and defense applications where precise tolerances and absolute accuracy are critical,” he adds.

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