Date Announced: 24 Jun 2019
Laser World Of Photonics 2019
Following on from ongoing conversations between the two companies, our joint customer base and the wider market, Artemis Optical and Phoenix Optical Technologies are delighted to announce the signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement.
Artemis has a global reputation for designing and manufacturing optical coatings. It specialises in filters for vehicle optic survivability, such as for eye-safe and electro-optical laser protection, Head-up and Helmet Mounted Displays as well as other demanding precision requirements, such as, but not limited to, films for Infrared Applications and observation and analytical filters. Artemis 22,000 square feet facility of 5 coating chambers, associated metrology and assembly capability is matched to meet the production requirements of OEMS and end use customers in these areas.
The Phoenix Optical group of companies (Phoenix) has an established pedigree in the areas of process design and manufacture of glass, optical components and infrared optics. These are used in, amongst other things, Industrial lasers, Laser protection, Head-up and Helmet Mounted displays and various thermal imaging applications. The Phoenix facility in St Asaph is set up to offer volume manufacture in both diamond turning, Lap polishing and twin lap polishing. Phoenix is also able to offer, specialised High Laser Damage, laser protection, mirrors, Avionic display and visor coatings, as well as many other coatings for industrial applications.
The joined up approach from the two businesses will maintain the levels of product quality and technical expertise and flexibility that they are able to offer. Additionally the marketplace will now benefit from a turnkey solution to a wide variety of finished optic requirements that traditionally has not been available.
Tony Palframan, Founder and Managing Director of Phoenix Optical Technologies said, ‘I am delighted that after working closely with Artemis for several years. There are many similarities between both businesses with strong personal relationships at all levels. We now have an agreement in place that adds significant capability to what Phoenix and Artemis have offered our customers in the past.’
Nick Hurst, CEO of Artemis Optical has said; ‘I’m really excited about this deal, the industry has been encouraging suppliers to simplify the supply chain and by partnering with Phoenix, who are after all the leading optic fabricator in the UK, we are able to do just that. The benefit is of course faster lead times and lower costs for our mutual customers. We were approached some time ago by major players in the industry to see how we could help solve an issue that has been a long term concern to them and this does so in a neat and efficient way’.
About Artemis Optical
Artemis Optical is a designer and manufacturer of high-precision, technically differentiated optical thin-film coatings, supplying blue-chip original equipment manufacturers. With 29 employees and a 22,000 sq ft facility and environmentally controlled production laboratory, Artemis is based in Plymouth in the south-west of England. It is now one of only a few companies globally approved by US authorities to provide laser protection filters and is widely acknowledged as a market leader in HUDs (Head-up Displays).
About Phoenix Optical Technologies
Phoenix still provides Grey glass blanks and moulded components with a large stock of Optical Glass. From our early beginnings over 25 years ago the company has expanded both in size and technical capability, now providing Optical components across a range of materials and processes, such as all glass and IR materials making lenses, windows, mirrors and prisms and sub-assemblies. The business acquired coating capability in 2018 to add significantly to the Avionic combiner, Visor and commercial markets… We provide product to customers in Commercial, Space, and Defence sectors.