Gooch & Housego acquires StingRay Optics

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UK photonics component manufacturer Gooch & Housego has acquired US firm StingRay Optics, a designer and manufacturer of high performance optical and opto-mechanical sub-systems for commercial and defence applications.

StingRay was founded in 2004 and is now a designer, manufacturer and supplier of lenses across the infrared wavelength range. The company’s product portfolio covers laboratory, ground-based, airborne, UAV and space applications.

Gooch & Housego researches, designs, engineers and manufactures advanced photonic systems, components and instrumentation for applications in aerospace and defence, industrial, life sciences and scientific research sectors.

Mark Webster, CEO of Gooch & Housego, commented: ‘The acquisition of StingRay meets our strategic aims of moving up the value chain and diversifying the business through increasing our footprint in the aerospace and defence sector. It is a profitable and growing business in its own right, which has established an excellent reputation in the US defence industry for the high quality of its custom optical assemblies. As part of the bigger G&H family we believe it will be able to fulfil its true potential by leveraging our greater reach and our complementary manufacturing and technical capabilities. We are very much looking forward to working with StingRay's talented management and workforce.’