Congratulatons to HÜBNER Photonics head, Håkan Karlsson, for winning the EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium CEO Award. The award recognizes his outstanding leadership and contributions to the photonics industry.

Here is what Håkan said at the presentation of the award gala in Helsinki on 31st March, 2023:

 I am very honored to receive the EPIC CEO Award. This award is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of the entire HÜBNER Photonics team. Together, we have built a company that is at the forefront of the photonics industry, and we will continue to supply our customers with unique products that push the boundaries of what is possible.

Here is a snapshot of Håkan’s journey

Håkan co-founded Cobolt AB in 2000, as the first company to bring diode-pumped lasers using periodically poled nonlinear optical materials to the market. Under his leadership, Cobolt AB developed from a venture backed start-up to a fast-growing profitable laser manufacturer, recognized for its supply of reliable and very robust high performance lasers thanks to a unique manufacturing method.

After selling Cobolt AB to HÜBNER Group in 2015, Karlsson continued to lead the Photonics division, which now spans five sites worldwide and offers a range of technologies and products. These include single frequency lasers, laser combiners, ultrashort femtosecond lasers, and the unique and award-winning C-WAVE tunable single-frequency laser.

Find out more at the Epic Photonics Industry Consortium