An Edinburgh-based manufacturer of ultrafast fibre lasers for a range of scientific and industrial applications has secured £1.2m in a growth funding round.

Chromacity is being supported by national business development agency Scottish Enterprise as well as investors including Kelvin Capital, EOS and ESM Investments.

The company, founded in 2013 by St Andrews University graduate Dr Christopher Leburn and Dr Carl Farrell, will now expand its workforce, particularly within manufacturing and research and development (R&D).

Shahida Imani, CEO of Chromacity, said: “This new funding will enable us to expand our team and accelerate Chromacity’s growth, both commercially and technologically. We are seeing significant traction with major industrial companies in China and Japan, who are very interested in the high average power and broad wavelength coverage of our systems, and it’s important we are funded to accelerate growth and capitalise on these opportunities. 

“We’re delighted that our existing investors have continued to support us in our mission to revolutionise fundamental research and industrial applications with a new generation of affordable ultrafast lasers, equipped with plug-and-play functionality. It’s also a great pleasure to welcome ESM, who will be a key investment partner in our future success.” 

To counteract the challenges placed on laser manufacturers by Covid-19, Chromacity has developed a remote installation capability for its optical parametric oscillators (OPOs). The company claims to be among the first to achieve this installation methodology for these complex optical systems, enabled by its novel, IP-protected laser architecture and manufacturing expertise. This has supported Chromacity in its acquisition of new customers across the world during the pandemic, and the funding will be used to accelerate this activity, particularly in Asia. 

Ian Stevens, Chromacity’s non-executive chairman, said: “Chromacity has continually demonstrated that, not only does it have the disruptive technology needed to drive new ultrafast laser applications, but that it can also innovate its business model in the face of challenging circumstances, such as a global pandemic. With this funding round, the company’s investors, both new and old, have recognised these qualities and the significant opportunity that exists to bring ultrafast laser technology into new, and as-yet untapped, markets.”