Advanced Thin Films, Inc. Named Colorado Photonics Company of the Year

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Award to be presented at University of Colorado Oct. 25

The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA) has named Advanced Thin Films, Inc. (ATFilms), a precision optics and thin film coating company, the 2011 Colorado Photonics Company of the Year.

The CPIA bestows the Photonics Company of the Year award annually to the company it feels has contributed the most to the Colorado photonics industry over the preceding year. ATFilms was selected from more than 200 companies in the aerospace, renewable energy, defense, life sciences, telecommunications and electronics industries involved in photonics (light-based) technologies.

“Since its inception, ATFilms has established its reputation as a supplier of exceptional optical coatings and superpolished components,” said Brian Knollenberg, CPIA board member. “ATFilms stands as an example of what can be accomplished by talented and committed employees even without substantial capital backing. Over the past nine years, ATFilms has grown from a local boot-strap startup co-located with the Colorado Advanced Photonics Technology Center (CAPT) to become a valued asset of a larger publicly traded corporation, IDEX Corp. ATFilms’ continued growth and capital reinvestment in local operations has been an important factor in strengthening our local photonics industry,” he added.

The Company of the Year award will be presented to Ramin Lalezari, ATFilms president, at the CPIA Annual Meeting Oct. 25 at the University of Colorado (UMC 235) from 3 - 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

“We are honored to have been chosen as the Colorado Photonics Company of the Year,” said Lalezari. “It has been a successful year for us, beginning with our purchase by IDEX and ending with this recognition. Being in the highly competitive optics hub of Boulder, we are continually pushing the envelope to grow our design and manufacturing capabilities and are fortunate to have talented and dedicated employees that continually go above and beyond for continued growth and success.”

About CPIA

The Colorado Photonics Industry Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging cooperation, collaboration and partnering among the 250 industrial, academic and governmental organizations in Colorado involved in optics and photonics technologies. CPIA's mission is to promote the Colorado photonics industry and to enhance the profitability of its members. Founded in 1997, CPIA now includes over 80 members. In addition to industrial organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, the photonics community in Colorado includes four national laboratories and five academic institutions. The last three Nobel Prize winners for physics in Colorado have won for photonics related research. For more information, please visit
About Advanced Thins Films (ATFilms)

ATFilms, a unit of IDEX Optics and Photonics, manufactures high-performance optical components and coatings and offers innovative solutions to demanding optical problems. Led by a team of highly experienced engineers, ATFilms provides the highest level of support from design through volume manufacturing for applications in lasers, medical devices, defense and security, environmental and industrial monitoring and scientific research. ATFilms’ innovative coatings are made possible by combining modern ion-beam sputtering techniques with proprietary volume manufacturing technology. Founded in July 2002, ATFilms is based in Boulder, Colo. In January 2011, ATFilms became a Unit of IDEX Corporation. For additional information about the company and its products, visit


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