Established in 1948 making scientific and crystal optics, Gooch & Housego PLC is now a world leader in a broad and complementary range of technologies in the field of optics and photonics. The company has grown in the last eighteen years through a policy of acquisition of the best in breed in individual technology areas and now has manufacturing sites in California, Ohio, Florida, in addition to its two UK facilities located in Ilminster and Torquay. The companies that today form the Gooch & Housego group are listed below together with their acquisition dates:
1995 – Optronic Laboratories – provider of optical radiation instrumentation, standards and calibration services with worldwide reputation for excellence in light measurement and calibration services acquired. Established in 1970 by two eminent researchers at NIST (then NBS), its facilities were modeled after those at NIST. In 1998 the company moved into its present 25,000 square foot purpose-built facility, consolidating and expanding R&D and production. Today the company exists as of Gooch & Housego Orlando, home of the group's Life Science & Instrumentation division.
1999 – Cleveland Crystals Inc. traces its roots back to the Brush Development Company, Clevite and Gould. At these locations, the founders developed crystal growth techniques for military applications such as sonar and missile domes. In 1973, this group formed Cleveland Crystals. The emerging company's focus was directed to the development of nonlinear-optical crystalline materials, optical frequency conversion, and electro-optical device development for applications in the growing laser industry. With this foundation, Gooch & Housego Ohio has become the world leader in the growth and fabrication of large-aperture KDP and KD*P crystals for Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) applications.
2000 – NEOS Technologies manufactures Acousto-Optic components for control of lasers and laser beams. These products range in use from the entertainment industry for laser light shows, to industrial and medical applications including spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging. The Gooch & Housego Florida Acousto Optic modulators, companion drivers and Bragg mount assemblies make up laboratory turnkey systems for performing basic experiments in intensity control, beam deflection, frequency shifting and Hyperspectral imaging. These products serve both OEM applications and individual users. Today the company is Gooch & Housego Florida.
2004 – Gooch & Housego Germany acquired Landwehr Electronics GmbH, a German based company with over 25 years of experience in development, manufacturing and sales of electronic equipment.
2006 – ChromoDynamics, developer of innovative hyperspectral imaging systems is acquired. Chromodynamics, Inc. was established in 1997 at the Center for Light Microscope Imaging and Biotechnology at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. In fall of 2002, the company relocated to Lakewood, NJ. Today the center's mission is to bring cutting-edge optical imaging techniques to today's medical challenges through introduction of new tools for biomedical and molecular research and enabling rapid diagnostic testing at lower cost. The hyperspectral imaging instrumentation product range is now assembled and managed at Gooch & Housego's Orlando facility.
In 2007 – SIFAM Fiber Optics formerly was established in the UK in 1985 providing what is today Gooch & Housego Torquay with an established heritage and market leadership in the design, manufacture and supply of high reliability modular and component fiber optic solutions to the undersea telecoms, aerospace and defense and biomedical sectors. In 2003 as an investment in product diversification, G&H Torquay commenced the design and manufacture of free space and fibre coupled photonic devices which is now a mature capability supplying a diverse range of markets.
In 2008 – Gooch & Housego California formerly General Optics is a manufacturer of ultra-precision optical components. Founded in 1974, the company has developed proprietary manufacturing processes that allow the achievement of surface roughness of better than 1 Angstrom on a variety of materials including Zerodur, BK-7, Fused Silica, Silicon, Sapphire, and Silicon Carbide. Gooch & Housego California have also developed unique IBS coating designs for high reflection and low loss coatings. In addition, we have the capability to provide many standard metal and dielectric optical coatings either on our standard substrates or customer supplied material.
In 2011 – EM4, today Gooch & Housego Boston was acquired as a manufacturer of active fiber optic components and subsystems. Founded in 2000 the company specializes in laser welded photonic packaging technology to produce lasers, detectors, high frequency receivers and transmitters and numerous customer specific designs. The company also developed a significant market presence in the aerospace and defense industry.
In 2011 – Gooch & Housego Palo Alto, formerly Crystal Technology is a manufacturer of crystal based Acousto-Optic and Electro-Optic components used for industrial, medical and defense applications, and optical quality Lithium Niobate wafer substrates used by the telecommunications industry. The acquisition included equipment, technology and expertise related to Czochralski growth of Tellurium Dioxide and Lithium Niobate crystals as well as design, fabrication and assembly technology related to finished components. Gooch & Housego's Acousto-Optic product group is managed now by Gooch & Housego Palo Alto.