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Thin Films Division of Ocean Optics Forms New Company

March 31, 2009

Spin-off becomes part of the Health Optics & Photonics Division of Halma p.l.c.


DUNEDIN, FL -- Ocean Optics, the industry leader in miniature photonics, announces that its Thin Films Division has now become a separate company. Ocean Thin Films, as the new entity will be known, designs and manufactures patented dichroic filters and precision optics for scientific, biomedical and defense applications, metrology and entertainment technology.

Established in 1999 as a division within Ocean Optics, Ocean Thin Films designs and produces high-volume dichroic optical filters, which are used to selectively transmit light according to its wavelength. These precision filters and other optical components can be integrated into applications such as color-changing light for architectural and entertainment installations, CCD camera and spectral imaging for scientific instrumentation, and targeting for defense applications. In November 2008, Ocean Thin Films acquire the Golden, CO, operation of Oerlikon Optics USA, which bolstered the company's offering in optical components and subassemblies for instrumentation used in the life sciences, medical applications and additional scientific applications.

"We are excited by the challenges and opportunities of operating as our own company," said Phil Buchsbaum, President of Ocean Thin Films. "With the additional expertise and capacity the Oerlikon acquisition affords us, plus recent expansion of our Florida facility, we are ready to hit the ground running with a new generation of quality, innovative optical and thin film products for a diverse range of industries."

Ocean Thin Films has 110 employees, with locations in Golden, CO, and a recently expanded 30,000-square-foot facility in Largo, FL. The group utilizes advanced lithography equipment and vacuum deposition systems to provide optimal patterned solutions for both production and prototype optical systems.

Ocean Thin Films is part of Halma p.l.c.'s group of photonics companies, joining Ocean Optics, Labsphere, Inc., Fiberguide Industries and Palintest Ltd. For more information, contact 727.545.0741 or info@oceanthinfilms.com or visit the Ocean Thin Films Web site.

About Ocean Optics
Headquartered in Dunedin, FL, Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing—fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in Asia and Europe, the company has sold more than 100,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics' extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, thin films and optics. The company is a subsidiary of Halma p.l.c., an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.


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