MAY 29--LINOS AG (Göttingen, Germany;www.linos.com), a supplier of optical systems, is expanding its sales network into France. Its new sales subsidiary, LINOS Photonics SARL, is located in Lyons, France, with Carsten Gohlke as managing director. Thanks to his previous position as regional sales manager, Gohlke has years of international sales experience and is familiar with the business conditions in France. LINOS also has subsidiaries in the United States and Great Britain.
"As Germany's biggest trade partner, France is a particularly suitable place for us to strengthen our European base," explains Gerd Litfin, LINOS chief executive officer. He considers that an annual increase in revenue of up to 25% is possible. Together with the LINOS Photonics GmbH & Co. KG industrial manufacturing business division, the French subsidiary exhibited at the recent Solutions Vision trade fair in Paris.
During Biotechnology Discovery Day in Lyons, the LINOS team made contact with research and development networks based in Southern France. As a result, a larger order intake than expected has been recorded by the new subsidiary during its first six weeks of operation. The subsidiary is located close to three optics centers: the Pôle Optique et Photonique in Grenoble, the Pôle Optique et Vision in St. Etienne, and the Pôle Optique et Photonique Sud in Marseilles.