News in brief: Lamina, Fusion Optix, Luminus, CAO Group

Lamina has a new president/CEO, Fusion Optix has a new office in Taiwan, Luminus has joined a display consortium and CAO Group has expanded in Utah.

Lamina appoints new boss

High-power LED maker Lamina Ceramics has appointed Frank Shinneman as president and chief executive officer. Shinneman brings 25 years of international management experience to the New Jersey-based developer of ultra bright LED light engines. Lamina's industry leading products are the main components in solid state lighting fixtures of more than 100 companies and are rapidly replacing less efficient incandescent and fluorescent lamps worldwide.

Shinneman, 56, was most recently president of PlasmaSol Corporation, the sale of which he successfully negotiated with Stryker Instruments late last year. He has successfully led a number of technology ventures, including Nanodyne, one of the first nano materials companies, where he was the founding president and CEO.

Fusion Optix opens dedicated office in Taiwan

Cambridge, MA-based Fusion Optix is to open an office in Taipei, Taiwan and has appointed Matt Eagar as Business Development Manager, Asia Pacific. Fusion Optix develops high-performance optical components, system solutions, and materials-based technologies for the global display and LED lighting markets.

Fusion Optix President and CEO Terence Yeo said; "We were flattered to receive the interest and subsequent investment from Prudence Capital who are in our opinion one of the leading investment firms in the region. We are trying to become a credible player in the region and its important that we find willing partners and early adopter customers that respect us and want to work with us for long term mutual gain."

Luminus joins Micro Device Display Consortium

LED maker Luminus Devices has joined the Micro Device DisPlay Consortium (MDDPC), a membership-based industry group made up of leading companies aimed at expanding the microdisplay television market by educating consumers, retailers, industry experts, and mass media on the benefits of microdisplay projection televisions.

The MDDP Consortium's four founding members are Arisawa Mfg. Co., Ltd., Seiko Epson Corporation, Texas Instruments and JVC. Along with Luminus other endorsing members are 3M Company, Samsung Japan.

This is the first group that includes participation from companies representing all of the major microdisplay technologies, including DMD, HTPS and LCoS. Luminus' device technology is appropriate for all these different approaches.

"Microdisplay projection TVs produce the best television picture for the money, regardless of the type of microdisplay that they use, but the varying terminology for this TV category has created so much confusion in the market that it's difficult for the consumer to recognize those benefits as belonging to the MDDP category," said Shintaro Nakagaki, associate director and general manager of the display unit in the Technology Development Division of JVC.

CAO Group expands

The CAO Group, manufacturers of high brightness LEDs, numerical displays, vacuum fluorescent displays and other optoelectronic components, solid state lighting and signage, as well as medical, dental and forensic devices, has relocated to a new custom-built 60,000 sq. ft. office, manufacturing and logistics facility on a 20-acre site in West Jordan, UT. The West Jordan facility houses manufacturing facilities for the company’s medical and dental products, and provides warehousing and North American and European logistics for its optoelectronic components.

Most of the company's LED products are manufactured in three ISO 9000 and TS 16949 certified manufacturing and R&D facilities in China.

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