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Constelex acquired by Gooch & Housego PLC

Constelex Technology Enablers Ltd, an Athens, Greece, based designer and manufacturer of advanced photonic systems announces its acquisition by Gooch & Housego PLC, the specialist manufacturer of optical components & systems. The acquisition of Constelex is aligned with G&H’s strategic objective of moving up the value chain by leveraging its leadership in components to develop a higher-added-value capability at the sub-systems and systems level.


Constelex is a small, start-up company specialising in low-noise optical fiber amplifiers. With a mission to become a world-leading design-house and solution provider for photonic systems with applications in telecommunications, space, defense and life sciences, Constelex has built up a strong reputation for technical excellence since it was founded in 2009. As a result, Constelex has enjoyed considerable success in securing contracts from the European Space Agency and attracting funding from the European Union to develop complex photonic systems for predominantly space and satellite applications. 

The acquisition of Constelex is aligned with G&H’s strategic objective of moving up the value chain by leveraging its leadership in components to develop a higher-added-value capability at the sub-systems and systems level. In February this year G&H established the Systems Technology Group (STG) at its Torquay, UK, facility to function as a separate business unit with a remit to design, develop and prototype systems-level products. The objective was to build a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in mechanical, electronic and software design and modelling and to integrate these technologies with G&H’s expertise in photonics. The acquisition of Constelex represents a significant expansion of the capabilities of the STG and will enable G&H to make a unique and invaluable contribution to the ESA Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) European Component Initiative. As a result, G&H is well positioned to fulfill its objective of becoming a global leader in space photonics, with design and manufacturing of space qualified hardware in both the USA and EU. 

G&H has recently increased office space and manufacturing capacity at the Torquay plant to accommodate the growing STG and meet increased demand for its products. 

Gareth Jones, Chief Executive of Gooch & Housego commented: - “Building upon the creation of the Systems Technology Group earlier this year, the acquisition of Constelex demonstrates Gooch & Housego’s commitment to accelerating organic growth through the development of high added-value photonic systems for new markets such as space and satellite communications.”