Gooch & Housego extends Precision Optics capabilities with purchase of Spanoptic

Gooch & Housego PLC, the specialist manufacturer of optical components & systems, announces that it has completed the acquisition of Scottish manufacturer of precision optical components, Spanoptic Ltd.

Spanoptic specializes in spherical and aspheric lenses and diffractive optics for applications in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared regions of the spectrum. This capability is highly complementary to G&H’s predominantly planar optics business and enhances the Company’s ability to provide complete sub-system solutions to its customers in line with its strategic objectives. Spanoptic’s capabilities in infrared optics and coatings are particularly relevant to G&H’s activities in the Aerospace & Defense sector.

In recent years Spanoptic has invested heavily in state-of-the-art optical manufacturing, metrology and thin-film coating equipment. These investments have enabled Spanoptic to produce optical components at the upper end of the quality and precision scale while maintaining highly competitive pricing. As a result, Spanoptic has been able to win business and develop strong, mainly European customer relationships across a broad range of applications including analytical instrumentation, optical sensing, security, imaging, life sciences and aerospace & defense. Spanoptic’s competitive advantage is further enhanced by the strategic alliance that it has with a far eastern manufacturer of precision optics, opto-mechanics and instrumentation, enabling it to offer a broader range of products and services than would otherwise have been possible. This alliance will continue under G&H ownership.

Gareth Jones, G&H CEO commented: “The acquisition of Spanoptic strengthens Gooch & Housego’s core precision optics manufacturing capabilities and provides a sound foundation for developing our sub-systems business. I would like to welcome the Spanoptic team into the G&H family“.