Kyocera acquires SLD Laser

Kyocera has acquired 100 percent of SLD Laser, previously known as Soraa Laser Diode, which specialises in the commercialisation of gallium nitride (GaN) based laser light sources 

SLD laser specialises in gallium nitride-based laser light sources.

SLD, which is based in California, USA, was established in 2013 as a technology startup by Dr. Shuji Nakamura, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Steve Denbaars, Dr. James Raring, and Dr. Paul Rudy. It currently has 169 staff, with bases in Germany, Japan and China. Its lasers are targeted at mobility, specialty lighting, consumer, and industrial applications including  biomedical and industrial imaging, 3D printing & material processing, as well as next generation sensing & communications. The company has ISO 9001 certification as well as automotive compliant to IATF 16949 standard. 

Kyocera is primarily a producer of advanced ceramics – the name has been shortened from Kyoto Ceramic Company – has become a major supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, smart energy systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. Its revenues for the year ended March 31 2020 were 1.6 trillion yen, roughly equivalent to $14.7 billion. Kyocera will look to integrate SLD Laser’s advanced GaN expertise with its own production technologies and R&D capabilities in fine ceramic-related businesses.

The deal is still subject to regulatory approval. In the meantime, you can find more information on this company from

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