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02 Jun 05. A collaboration is announced between thin film optical coating specialist Advanced Technology Coatings (ATC) and electro optics manufacturer Oxley Developments Company Limited (Oxley) to develop and supply laser protection coatings.

The partnership builds on an existing relationship between ATC and Oxley, under which optical filters are designed and manufactured for use in night vision lighting products.

Focusing on the development of optical products for use in specialist equipment such as eye-ware and instrumentation that are required to offer protection from laser energy used in defence and medical applications is the prime objective of their cooperation. Both ATC and Oxley recognise the business potential in these growth markets and seek to capitalise on the experience and processes developed by ATC and the market strengths of Oxley’s global supply chain.

Robin Elsworth Chief Executive Officer at ATC commented: “This collaboration draws on the strengths of both companies, creating a synergistic approach to a high tech market area, particularly in the US. It is here that a joint approach maximises our significant opportunities and we welcome the opportunity to continue to work closely with our colleagues at Oxley.”

Dr Tim Bushell Technical Director at Oxley said: “The transfer of technology from ATC gave us the flexibility and responsiveness demanded by the NVG market, especially in the US where we see this collaboration as a natural extension of that activity.”

ATC was founded in 1999 to exploit the increasing market for high performance thin film coatings and is now widely recognised as a developer and manufacturer of thin films and coatings for markets such as: telecommunications; defence; medical applications; displays; instrumentation and lasers. Oxley founded in 1942 by Freddy Oxley, has grown through six decades of innovation and diversification into: telecommunications; military technology; night vision and LED lighting systems and data tagging.

Continuing the ongoing support of each others activities will the key to their future achievements and it is intended that the manufacture and supply of laser protection filters will be undertaken at either site as appropriate.

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