Radiant Imaging merges with Zemax

The merger of two companies involved in optical design software and test & measurement will create a company with a strong focus on the LED market.

Two optical software and test & measurement companies based in Washington state, USA, have merged in a deal facilitated by Evergreen Pacific Partners, the state’s largest private-equity fund.

The merger is between Redmond, WA-based Radiant Imaging, Inc. and Bellevue, WA-based Zemax Development Corporation.

“This is a great opportunity to combine two companies that are individual leaders in their existing fields, but together can capitalize on the exploding demand for LED-based devices,” said TJ McGill, co-founder and managing partner at Evergreen.

As part of the merger, Paul Caragher, who most recently was president of Tektronix Service Solutions, a leading test and measurement services provider, will become CEO of the combined companies.

Radiant Imaging, Inc. is a leading test and measurement business for measuring light and color. Its systems are used in lab and production environments worldwide for products such as flat-panel displays, laptops, phones, stadium screens and LED devices.

Zemax Development Corporation offers engineers and designers a leading platform for creating optical systems, including lenses, cameras, projectors, scopes and instruments. Its software allows optical developers to quickly optimize designs to maximize performance while meeting cost requirements.

The lighting market is undergoing a significant shift to more energy-efficient LED lights, and devices such as tablets and smartphones are expected to proliferate in 2011 and beyond. By combining their expertise and resources, Radiant and Zemax will offer a powerful, end-to-end solution for developers designing, testing and producing the next generation of display devices and LED lighting.

“We will be able to grow faster and go farther together,” said Ron Rykowski, founder and CEO of Radiant. “With access to capital from Evergreen and economies of scale, we can develop integrated solutions that deliver increased value to customers and generate new revenue opportunities for the company.”

In the short term, the combined companies will be located in a single facility in Redmond, Washington and operate under their respective brands, while expanding customer outreach and technical support functions and beginning to integrate their technologies.

Founders of both companies are remaining in executive leadership and product development roles, with a goal of dramatic company expansion in the next three to five years through organic growth as well as strategic acquisitions.

“The long term potential in this industry is immense, but serving it will require a truly global company,” said Ken Moore, founder and CEO of Zemax. “This merger will allow us to transform into a global leader in optics design, test and measurement, with the infrastructure and capacity to serve our customers where they are – which is increasingly in Asia.”

Evergreen Pacific Partners, which manages two private equity funds totaling $700 million, invests in traditional buyouts, management led buyouts, and growth equity investments involving traditional industry, middle-market companies in the Western US and Canada.

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