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Qioptiq Demonstrates Defense Expertise at DSS’10

Front line thermal weapon sights & night vision systems on show


April 5, 2010


On the opening day of the Defense Security & Sensing (DSS) exhibition, Qioptiq,
a global company that designs and manufactures photonic products, optronic
modules and solutions, presented its leading range of optical components and
modules for defense applications.

The optical sub assemblies are used in thermal weapon sights and infantry night
vision solutions, which have been supplied to over fifty countries around the
world, including the U.S., providing defense and security personnel with an
enhanced target surveillance, improved situational awareness and pinpoint
target acquisition capability.

Qioptiq’s Patrick Casnedi, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Defense & Security
commented, “The DSS event gives Qioptiq an invaluable opportunity to present
its world leading capabilities to a predominantly U.S. audience. As a company,
we offer some of the most sophisticated optical modules for surveillance, solar
blind imaging (UV warning) as well as modules for head up displays for avionics,
armored vehicles and automotive applications. Our state of the art thermal weapon
sights and infantry night vision solutions are field proven in various situations.

“We are a well positioned company in an industry that I believe is set to enjoy notable growth in the next decade,” Casnedi concluded.

During DSS, Qioptiq’s Dr. Volker Melzer, will also present a technical paper entitled: ‘Fast and precise point spread function measurements of IR optics at extreme temperatures based on reversed imaging conditions’, at the accompanying event conference.

Qioptiq will also take the opportunity at the event to display its new logo and visual identity, which is currently being rolled out in all of the organization’s business units. This will include the rebranding of Qioptiq companies, LINOS (acquired by Qioptiq in 2007) and Point Source (acquired by Qioptiq in 2008), which currently operate under their own names and logos. The rebrand is being implemented to improve synergies within the company that will in turn bring further service enhancements to the customer.

Finally, following the appointment of Fredrik Arp, who has considerable management expertise gained from senior positions he has held in manufacturing companies, as its new Chairman and CEO, Qioptiq announced strong numbers for its last financial year.

Despite the very difficult economic environment in 2009, Qioptiq was able to increase its sales over those of 2008 by two percent at constant exchange rates.  Sales were close to US$ 400 million. Order intakes were significantly above that level and the book-to-bill ratio for 2010 is close to 1.2.

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