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THE LEGACY OF MATERION PRECISION OPTICS

ONE COMPANY FOCUSED ON EXCELLENCE

To create one of the world’s largest providers of thin film coatings and precision optical filters, we brought together the unmatched technical heritage of Barr Associates and EIS Optics.  As Materion, we provide the comprehensive engineering expertise of our collective global reach. 

INDIVIDUAL HISTORIES

Barr Associates: With a track record spanning over 35 years, Barr has provided solutions for some of the leading players in virtually every major market where optical filters or thin film coatings are used. It was founded in 1971 by Edgar Barr, a pioneer in thin film filters, who began his career in the 1940s setting up a thin films lab at Polaroid. He established Barr to provide band pass filters to the scientific community which was in need of high performance filters at moderate cost.  His character laid the company cornerstone of seeking simple solutions to complex problems through the development of strong customer relationships.

EIS Optics: Located in Shanghai, China and formerly known as Oerlikon Optics. For over 60 years, it has been producing coated optical components and subassemblies with outstanding properties for a diverse set of industries incorporating optics and photonics. EIS possesses comprehensive know-how in optical thin films, glass processing, lithography and the production of optical subassemblies and offers innovative solutions for a large variety of applications including projection display, imaging, sensing, lighting, automotive, medical and gaming. It also provides high volume, low cost manufacturing to meet customer’s most exacting demands.

Materion…An unmatched heritage of innovation.