Daan Kersten to carve-out and scale Technobis’ integrated photonics activities to service global markets

Investor Active Capital Company attracts former Additive Industries CEO to accelerate growth of Dutch pioneer.

Alkmaar, October 1st, 2020
Technobis Group has engaged Daan Kersten to build a leading company in the field of integrated photonics sensing based on the unique proprietary technology that has been developed over the last eighteen years by pioneer and founder Pim Kat and his team. The leading team of technology experts has developed a portfolio of solutions and comprehensive roadmap, ready to be applied to a large variety of applications in demanding industries like Aerospace, Medical, Mobility and Energy worldwide. Integrated photonics sensing is a rapidly developing technology, substituting conventional sensing technologies with factor 10,000x in frequency, number of sensing points & resolution (accuracy) and at least ten time less weight, with very low power usage.

Daan Kersten, former founder and CEO of Additive Industries has gained extensive experience in building and scaling a global (deep) tech company in additive manufacturing that serves similar end-markets. “I’m proud to be trusted with the heritage of Dutch integrated photonics sensing pioneer Pim Kat and his talented team. The photonics industry resembles the additive manufacturing market when I founded Additive Industries, the technology was almost mature and ready for industrial applications, and I’m eager to catch this new wave in integrated photonics.”

Pim Kat added: “Technobis’ integrated photonics sensing outlook is promising with the goals and roadmaps well set. Based on his recent track record, we trust to have found in Daan Kersten the right man to accelerate the business and capitalize on the extensive research and development”. In addition, Victor Schols, Partner of Active Capital Company and responsible for Technobis as a portfolio company said: “Active Capital Company has acquired the Technobis Group in Sept 2019 to grow the recurring businesses and scale up the integrated photonics business. Now – one year later – we realize the potential of Technobis’ integrated photonics sensing is far larger than we could have hoped for. We are therefore proud and excited that Daan - with his track record in scaling up high tech companies - can help Technobis unlock this potential the next coming years.”

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Daan KerstenFoto: Beeld Werkt.