Success story: US company interested in Lithuanian lasers' technologies
2 / 8 / 2016
Lithuanian lasers' company created a unique laser technology for glass cutting, which interested Americans so much. On the 4th of February, 2016 Lithuanian laser company „Altechna R & D” and the US company CORNING signed a collaboration and license agreement.
„This strategic partnership with a global leader in the production of glass is a recognition of unique laser glass processing technology, created by Workshop of Photonics“, - told Gintas Šlekys, Chairman of the Board of “Altechna R&D” (Workshop of Photonics). “It is a great opportunity for us to grow with Corning Incorporated through innovation and research (R & D) laser application services.”
A unique technology, developed by Lithuanians, can be applied to smart devices and widely used for glass cutting of smart phones display. The experts note, that this solution created by Lithuanians is one of the best of 3 or 4 existing in the world. US company CORNING works with world known glasses “Gorilla Glass”, which are used for smart devices worldwide. Therefore, this partnership provides many opportunities for “Altechna R & D” to contribute to the global manufacturing of such smart devices.
“Altechna R&D” focuses on development of laser’s technologies, which are protected by patents at the international level. The company used a special national tool for protection of intellectual property rights and received a national support for patenting of inventions. This tool is administrated by Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA). MITA provided funding of 33 thousand euro for this company in 2015.
The company, which owns a trademark “Workshop pf Photonics”, pays large attention not only on the protection of intellectual property, but also on networking. It receives proposals for cooperation from partners in South Korea, USA, Asia, Japan and other countries. The company also participated in the international innovation program EUROSTARS-2 and successfully finished two projects (MICROSHAPE, FEMSPEC).
The signed agreement will provide more opportunities for Lithuanian laser developers to get into the industrial market. So far, Lithuania lasers' companies basically focus on science market of lasers.