Gooch and Housego acquires Constelex

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Gooch and Housego has acquired the entire issued share capital of the Greek producers of low noise lasers and fibre optic amplifiers, Constelex Technology Enablers. The acquisition by the optical components and systems manufacturers, G&H, is part a strategy to increase company value by bettering its performance at the sub-systems and system levels. The objective was to build a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in mechanical, electronic, and software design and modelling.

G&H is an integrated supplier of critical photonic solutions: optical components, assemblies and sub-systems to the aerospace, defence, industrial, life science and scientific research sectors. It has six manufacturing sites in the USA and three in the United Kingdom in addition to sales offices in China, France, Germany and Japan.

G&H has announced this on the back of establishing the Systems Technology Group (STG) at its Torquay, UK, facility to function as a separate business unit with a remit to design, develop and prototype systems-level products, which happened earlier this year.

Constelex is a designer and manufacturer of high power, low noise optical and laser systems for use in the defence, sensing and telecom industries and is also involved in testing and modelling prototype photonic components. The company became part of the Corallia innovation cluster in 2010 with the aim to fuel innovation through close quarters work with the competition.

Gooch and Housego said that the acquisition of Constelex represents a significant expansion of the capabilities of the STG and will enable G&H to make a unique and invaluable contribution to the ESA Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) European Component Initiative. As a result, G&H is well positioned to fulfil its objective of becoming a global leader in space photonics, with design and manufacturing of space qualified hardware in both the USA and EU.