News | July 12, 2016

EU FP7 Double Acquisition For Gooch & Housego In The Aerospace And Defense Sector

Source: Gooch & Housego PLC

Gooch & Housego PLC announces that it has completed two acquisitions that further strengthen the company’s Aerospace & Defence manufacturing abilities. 

Kent Periscopes
Kent Periscopes Ltd, a UK based specialist supplier of periscopes, vehicle sights and related equipment for land based armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). The acquisition is aligned with G&H’s strategic objectives of moving up the value chain and further diversification in the aerospace & defense sector. 

Kent was founded in 2005 and has established itself as a market leading key supplier on major vehicle programmes to blue-chip military manufacturers. It is based in St Asaph, North Wales, has a proven capability in providing system level optical products for use in harsh environments and has capabilities in product design.The addition of Kent significantly adds to G&H’s precision optics opto-mechanical assembly capabilities. 

G&H has also acquired the trade and assets of Alfalight Inc, a Madison, Wisconsin based designer and manufacturer of high reliability, rugged laser based, electro-optic systems for defence and security applications. 

Founded in 1999, Alfalight has established itself as an expert in solid state lasers and is designed into a number of long-term contracts for the defense sector in the USA. Alfalight is highly complementary to G&H’s existing Boston, Massachusetts, business and will be incorporated into this business unit. G&H will benefit from this acquisition through its deep ties with key defense customers. 

Both aquuistions further the Company’s strategic objective of diversification into the
Aerospace & Defence sector. 

Mark Webster, Chief Executive Officer of Gooch & Housego PLC, commented:

These acquisitions meet our strategic aims of moving up the value chain and diversification through increasing our footprint in the Aerospace & Defence sector. Kent is a well established business with an impressive list of international blue chip customers. We believe that G&H will enable this business to fulfil its true potential through leveraging our greater global reach and our complementary technological capabilities. Alfalight’s expertise in diode lasers in the US defence sector is an excellent fit for our Boston business and will enable it to establish a critical mass in this marketplace.We are very much looking forward to working with the management, staff and customers of both companies.”

About Gooch & Housego
Gooch & Housego is a photonics technology business headquartered in Ilminster, Somerset, UK with operations in the USA and Europe. A world leader in its field, the company researches, designs, engineers and manufactures advanced photonic systems, components and instrumentation for applications in the aerospace & defense, industrial, life sciences and scientific research sectors. World leading design, development and manufacturing expertise is offered across a broad range of complementary technologies. 

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SOURCE: Gooch & Housego