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Company History


A Family-Run Business in its Second Generation


Günther Paul took a chance in 1982 when he went into business for himself and founded Laser Components GmbH with the support of his wife Monika. What began in their own home has developed over thirty years into an impressive, internationally-operated company with foreign and domestic production facilities and branch offices. No less impressive is the network of reliable premium suppliers and distributors.

A Future needs the Past:

  • 2023: An Extended Management Team
    Sales Manager Sven Schreiber is appointed General Manager of LASER COMPONENTS Germany GmbH.
  • 2021: LASER COMPONENTS Germany GmbH.
    Spin-off of Laser Components Germany GmbH out of the Laser Components GmbH.
    The Laser Components GmbH changes its name to Photona GmbH.
  • 2020: LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group 
    The former units Pyro Group and Detector Group are merged and now operate under the name LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group in Arizona.
    The new Detector Group manufacturing and administration building is opened in Chandler, Arizona.
  • 2018: LASER COMPONENTS Canada, Inc.
    LASER COMPONENTS acquires full ownership of the company building in  Quebec.
  • 2018: Generation change
    Patrick Paul takes over the company management from his father Günther.
  • 2017: Environmental and Operational Qualification for Automobile Applications
    Laser Components Canada obtained AEC-Q101 qualification.
  • 2016: ISO Class 7 Cleanroom
    A class 7 cleanroom was opened in Olching in connection with the assembly of optical fibers to serve the further development of medical markets.
    EN ISO 13485 Certification
    Laser Components GmbH obtained ISO 13485 certification. 
  • 2015: Production Facility for PbS/PbSe Detectors
    Laser Components Detector Group was expanded further: The production of IR detectors made of PbS and PbSe began in Phoenix.
  • 2014: Production Facility for Pyroelectric Detectors
    Laser Components Detector Group acquired the company Microwatt LLC. The group in Stuart, Florida, has been operating since then under the name Laser Components Pyro Group.
    Sales Office in Scandinavian/Nordic Countries
    Laser Components Nordic AB opened under the management of Mikael Winters in Gothenburg/Sweden.
  • 2013: Production Facility for IR Detectors
    Laser Components Detector Group’s production facility was expanded to include the development and production of IR detectors made of germanium, InGaAs, extended InGaAs, and InAs
  • 2010: Production Facility for Single Photon Counters
    With detectors from Laser Components Detector Group and electronics from Germany, the production of COUNT® single photon counters began in Olching. 
  • 2009: Acquisition of Second Building in Olching
    With the purchase of the neighboring building, the utilizable office and production space was increased by 2500 m² to ensure further expansion at the headquarters in Olching.
  • 2008: Production Facility for Spherical Lenses
    The coating of laser optics has been one of the core competencies of LC since its beginning. This was expanded by the production of precision optics in 2008
  • 2007: Name Change in France
    With the retirement of the managing director of Optophotonics SA, the French company was completely taken over by the Laser Components Group and renamed Laser Components SAS. Christian Merry became the new managing director.
  • 2006: Laser Components Group’s Succession Plan
    Patrick Paul, the elder son of the company founder Günther Paul took over as managing director of Laser Components.
  • 2005: ISO 9001 Certification of Laser Components Canada
    Laser Components Canada was the first production facility abroad to obtain ISO 9001 certification.
  • 2004: Production Facility for Avalanche Photodiodes
    The newly established LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group in Arizona launches our first avalanche photodiode. The detectors manufactured by Dragan Grubisić and his team are the counterparts to LASER COMPONENTS Canada's emitters to be used in the same applications. After a successful start with silicon APDs, the company has expanded its portfolio to include InGaAs models.
    Production Facility for IR Spectrometers
    IR spectrometer technology was transferred from Laser Components Instruments Group in the U.S.A. to Germany.
    Calibration Laboratory
    Laser Components GmbH founded a calibration laboratory for laser energy and laser power detectors in Olching in cooperation with Gentec-EO.
  • 2003: Production Facility for Pulsed Laser Diodes
    The first production facility abroad emerged in Canada. Paul Rainbow founded Laser Components Canada, Inc. in Montreal as a production facility for pulsed laser diodes with the following wavelengths: 850 nm, 905 nm, and 1550 nm.
  • 2001: LT LaserTools GmbH
    Founded together with Franz Westermair, LaserTools GmbH initially specialized in the production of laser light barriers. This Munich-based company is now an established force for custom solutions in optoelectronic measurement technology.
  • 2000: U.S. Sales Office
    Laser Analytics, Inc. was acquired and renamed Laser Components Instrument Group (now: Laser Components USA, Inc.). They started out initially not only as a sales office but also manufactured IR spectrometers.
    Production Facility for Pbs Laser Diodes
    Technology was transferred from Laser Analytics to LC’s German headquarters.
  • 1998: Production Facility for III-V Semiconductors
    The assembly technology of III-V semiconductors became the company’s new core competence.
  • 1997: Website - The first company website went online.
  • 1996: Photonics News
    The first issue of the company newsletter, Photonics News, was published.
  • 1996: French Sales Office
    Optophotonics SA is a French sales office that was opened as part of the Laser Components Group.
  • 1995: Production Facility for Fiber-optic Assemblies
    A production facility was opened for the assembly of optical fibers used, for example, in the transmission of high power levels.
  • 1994: ISO9001 Certification
    Laser Components obtained ISO 9001 certification for the first time.
  • 1993: Production Facility for Lead-Salt Laser
    This technology was acquired from the Fraunhofer Institute in Freiburg.
  • 1993: U.K. Sales Office
    Laser Components (UK) Ltd.: The first sales office was opened in the United Kingdom
  • 1993: Move to Olching
    Laser Components GmbH moved to its own building in the neighboring village of Olching.
  • 1987: Blau Optoelektronik GmbH
    Together with Frank Blau, a facility was founded in Überlingen (on Lake Constance) for the production of laser modules, which are sold under the FLEXPOINT® trademark.
  • 1986: Production Facility for Laser Optics
    The first facility was opened for the in-house production of dielectric coatings.
  • 1982: Günther Paul founded LASER COMPONENTS
    Laser Components was founded as a limited liability company for the sale and production of lasers and optoelectronic components in Gröbenzell (west of Munich).
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