Gooch & Housego Goes Global: New Force In Optics Launches At Photonics West 2008
New company unites leading players in manufacture of crystal optics, electro-optics, acousto-optic switches and modulators
The launch will see Gooch & Housego UK, Cleveland Crystals, NEOS Technologies, Landwehr Electronic and SIFAM Fibre Optics joined as one company with headquarters in the UK and offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The move comes exactly sixty years after Archie Gooch and Leslie Housego collaborated to form a company that would emerge as a leader in precision optics and crystalline materials.
"The launch of this new global offering is a hugely positive step for Gooch & Housego, our customers and the industry," said Gooch & Housego CEO, Gareth Jones. "It will enable us to enhance the products and services we offer and is key to driving the next phase of growth of the business. Internally it will open up new opportunities, including the creation of senior positions in North America and the Asia Pacific region as we grow our global presence.
"As five different brand names, our companies have delivered the highest quality optical solutions and have each become a major player in their respective fields. Now, we have harnessed the offerings of each of these companies and consolidated them with a reorganised management structure to operate under one banner - Gooch & Housego.
"As well as seeing us meet the market demand for reduced supplier numbers and simplified supply chains, our global integration as Gooch & Housego will enable us to better leverage the combined skills from across the organisation to develop new products that will enable us to enter new markets.
"We expect this new strategy to maximise sales across our customer base and bring significant growth to the company," concluded Gareth.
The integration involves five companies: Gooch & Housego UK, the world's leading manufacturer of acousto-optic Q-switches; Cleveland Crystals, an expert in the growth and application of non-linear crystals and a specialist in the fabrication of large aperture KDP and KD*P optics; NEOS Technologies, a manufacturer of complimentary acousto-optic technologies; Landwehr Electronic, a designer and manufacturer of high-frequency microelectronics for laser control systems; and SIFAM Fibre Optics, a specialist in the design, manufacture and supply of fibre optic solutions.
Gooch & Housego
Gooch & Housego is a global manufacturer of custom precision-optic, crystal-optic, electro-optic, acousto-optic and fibre-optic components for the industrial laser, bio-medical, defense, metrology and telecoms sectors. Gooch & Housego is owned by Gooch & Housego Plc, and was launched in January 2008 following the integration of five Gooch & Housego Plc companies: Gooch & Housego UK, Cleveland Crystals, NEOS Technologies, Landwehr Electronic, and SIFAM Fibre Optics.
Gooch & Housego Plc first started trading in 1948. The group also owns Chromodynamics and Optronic Laboratories, and is publicly quoted, with a listing on the UK's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
More information on Gooch & Housego and Gooch & Housego Plc is available at www.goochandhousego.com