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November 1, 2021The Board of Vanguard Automation (VA) announces Thorsten Mayer as new Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2021.

Thorsten Mayer will succeed Alois Hauk, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer since the company’s incorporation in September 2017. “Alois has been instrumental in helping us move our ideas and initial prototypes from the laboratory to the marketplace, establishing a joint-venture with ELAS Technologies Investment*, and leading the company from infancy to delivering the first products to an international customer base,” said Prof. Dr. Christian Koos, Co-Founder and Strategic Technology Advisor of Vanguard Automation.

Thorsten Mayer had joined Vanguard Automation in November 2020 as a Chief Operating Officer, with more than two decades of leadership experience in international high-tech industries. “We are very pleased that we won Thorsten Mayer to lead the next growth phase of Vanguard Automation.” said Alois Hauk, “He brings a wealth of international experience in high-tech sales, strategic marketing and operational management to the table. We have spent the past year working closely together to prepare a smooth transition of the Chief Executive position”. Alois Hauk will end his involvement in the operational management of the company by the end of the year and will continue to serve as an advisor on the Board.

“I am enthusiastic about the technology and its potential to revolutionize photonic packaging and assembly. Equally, I am humbled by the task ahead and the opportunity to lead and serve a group of extremely talented people. Together we have already begun laying the foundation for the next stage in our journey,” said Thorsten Mayer.

*ELAS Technologies Investment is a German-based, globally oriented financial investor, headquartered in Achim, Germany. ELAS provides financial agility and infrastructure support for promising organizations in high-tech industries such as photonics, electronics and clean-tech, to name a few.

CEO Transition @ Vanguard Automation

October 21, 2021: Lukas Chrostowski, Professor at the University of British Columbia, talks about „Photonic Wire Bonding for Integrated Photonics“ at IEEE Photonics Society 2021. His talk can be watched on Youtube

Lukas Chrostowski, PEng., Professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC), commissioned the Photonic Wirebonding Tool from Vanguard Automation in August 2020. Since then, Lukas‘ institute acts as a research partner for Vanguard Automation and offers process development and new applications for their customers.

Solution for photonics integration

August 18, 2021Vanguard Automation will be presenting its revolutionary technology between 16. and 18. of September at the 2021 China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE). The show will take place at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center and will host leading technology companies from around the world.

“The 23. China International Optoelectronic Exposition offers us an excellent platform to reach new costumers and extend existing partnerships in the Greater China market,” says Thorsten Mayer, COO of Vanguard Automation.

Juli 12, 2021Vanguard Automation has just completed the expansion of its clean room and more than doubled the space for final testing of customer systems and process development.

“In order to cope with the rapid growth of our company and serve our growing customer base with packaging processes tailored to their devices, we decided to rebuild our clean room just two years after the original installation,” says Alois Hauk, CEO of Vanguard Automation.

February 5, 2019: Vanguard Automation has introduced its SONATA1000 Series at SPIE Photonics West Exhibition in San Francisco. It’s the first industrial solution for in-situ printing of Photonic Wire Bonds (PWB) and facet-attached micro-optical elements. With Vanguard Automation, 3D printing of freeform waveguides and micro-optical elements is about to revolutionize photonic packaging and system assembly. Read more …

September 21, 2018: Various employees of Vanguard Automation and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) received the Second Prize of the prestigious Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2018. The 10th Award Ceremony took place on September 21, 2018, in Ditzingen, Germany. More than 500 guests from all over the world participated at the event.

The encomium was held by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the Board, Forschungszentrum Jülich.