Science Park-based Fibercore acquired by industry leader
Thu 23rd February 2017
After 30 years leading the optical fibre sector, and developing an unrivalled reputation for quality, innovation and technical support, the University of Southampton Science Park-based company Fibercore has been acquired by Safety Holding Technologies, a global leader in the development of biofidelic crash test dummies and custom sensor solutions.
Established in 1982, Fibercore, a spin-out of the renowned Optical Fiber Group at the University of Southampton, today manufactures the most comprehensive suite of specialty optical fibres including single-mode, photosensitive, multicore, polarisation maintaining, spun, doped, and multimode fibres; passive cladding pumped fibre and components, fibre bragg grating, and complementary products. Fibercore products are used in a broad and growing range of applications spread throughout more than 50 countries including fibre optic gyroscopes (FOGs), fibre optic hydrophones, fibre lasers, fibre amplifiers (EDFAs), embedded sensors, specialist medical, government and corporate research agencies and telecommunications components
Dr. Christopher Emslie will, along with his current team, continue to lead Fibercore as CEO from its existing manufacturing site: a fully‐integrated and world-class facility at the Southampton Science Park.
Commenting on the “tremendous synergies between our two organisations,” Christopher J. O’Connor, CEO of Safety Technology Holdings said, “By adding Fibercore’s leading‐edge proprietary fibre optic technologies and know‐how to our own portfolio of custom sensor systems, we are able to offer our customers the industry’s widest selection of sensing technologies and incorporate sophisticated fibre technologies into our most advanced crash test dummies worldwide.”
Dr Emslie said, "As a technology‐focused organisation with extensive experience across a variety of sensor technologies, STH is the perfect partner for us.”