Panasonic Corporation of Osaka, Japan reported that it signed a contract to acquire all shares of direct laser diode firm TeraDiode, Inc. (TDI) of Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S. Panasonic and TDI have agreed to make TDI a 100% subsidiary of Panasonic. The subsidiary will integrate TDI’s DDL technology and know-how with Panasonic’s own.
TDI’s high brightness direct diode lasers (DDLs) employs the company’s proprietary wavelength beam combining (WBC) technology. TDI’s DDLs have attracted attention as next-generation lasers.
Collaboration Between TDI and Panasonic
Back in 2013, Panasonic and TDI began a strategic alliance to quickly meet the market needs for direct diode lasers. The companies then launched “LAPRISS” in 2014, a laser welding robot system. LAPRISS uses TDI’s high brightness DDL technology. Also in 2014, Panasonic obtained from TDI an exclusive right to sell DDL for welding in major countries in Asian.
Since 2014, Panasonic and TDI have been closely collaborating on product development, manufacturing, sales, and service to expand the use of DDL technology.
Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Panasonic and TDI will further jointly develop DDL technology. The companies also plan to strengthen the TDI’s laser processing business so it can serve as a new core business of Panasonic in the factory solutions field.