Optogama, a high-tech company that develops unique and customised laser products and is a partner in four projects with the Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LBSA), will soon bring to the market products that are unparalleled in the world.

They are being developed under the project ‘RANGER lasers and distance measuring systems for the automotive industry’, with co-financing by EU investment under the measure ‘Experiment’ administered by the LBSA.

Optogama is developing two new RANGER products with this research and experimental development (R&D) project – prototypes of a low-pulse energy and high repetition rate laser, and an eye-safe compact lidar for autonomous driving systems.

‘With the current strong global growth in the production of automated vehicles, the need for advanced driver assistance systems is increasing. The systems we are developing are tailored to meet those needs in particular. When the project was launched, the analysis showed that there are no identical products to our new ones on the global market’, notes Tadas Lipinskas, CEO of Optogama.

This is not the first original product development project at Optogama that has been co-financed by EU investment. Under the measure ‘Intelligence. Joint Science and Business Projects’, the company has developed new unique prototypes of innovative products called ‘Kaukas’. These are compact, eye-safe laser products for use in metal waste sorting, laser distance measurement in open spaces and life sciences.

Exhibitions are effective

According to Lipinskas, the company focuses mainly on foreign markets, which was achieved by one previously implemented export promotion project and another one currently being carried out under the measure ‘Naujos galimybės LT’ (New Opportunities LT).

We participate in major exhibitions in the USA, Asia and the EU, which contribute very strongly to the representation of our products abroad and give us the opportunity to find new buyers and markets. This project will help us to participate in seven international exhibitions’, says the CEO of Optogama.

For example, at Photonics West, one of the largest international exhibitions in the photonics and laser sector in the USA last year, the company’s stand had more than 200 visitors and the company received more than 100 enquiries from South Korea, the USA, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, the United Kingdom and a number of other European countries about its products and new product developments. Important contacts have been established not only with scientific and research institutions but also with important industrial partners in the USA, Japan, France and Canada.

In total, around EUR 1.11 million of EU investment has been allocated to Optogama for the implementation of LBSA-funded projects.

Rating surprise

Optogama’s team of 19 employees, most of whom are educated in laser physics and optical technology, develops and markets customised and unique laser-based products for analytical and spectroscopic instrument integrators, automotive, medical, laser material processing and other industrial and scientific sectors using laser technology.

According to Lipinskas, it was a pleasant surprise when after starting its operations in 2015, the company found itself in the top 1000 fastest-growing companies in Europe in an international ranking after only five years.

Although the ‘discovery’ in the Financial Times ranking produced with research company Statista took place a year ago, the company has continued to expand since then and is now likely to be out 668th place with an absolute growth rate of 250.2%, and even higher.

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