Norseld acquires photonics capabilities from BAE Systems


Australian laser systems manufacturer Norseld has acquired the photonics capabilities of BAE Systems Australia, at the same time taking over contracts for key defence platforms.

The photonics acquisition complements Norseld’s existing capabilities in medical laser and diamond coating for a range of industries including medical, optics, defence and space sectors.

Norseld CEO Peter Shute (pictured) said: “We are very excited with this opportunity to grow and develop the photonics capabilities both domestically.

“(We) have some great opportunities ahead of us.”

BAE Systems’ photonics activities involve a small team working at the company’s Edinburgh Parks facility north of Adelaide – the capabilities will relocate to Norseld in the Adelaide CBD.

Photonics systems are used for gun sights, lasers and optical sensor systems, with BAE and now Norseld having the only commercial Diamond Turning machine in Australia.

Capabilities include design and engineering of complex optical and laser systems, supported by in house manufacturing capabilities including optical thin film deposition, diamond turning, optical manufacturing, optical assembly, and ISO 9001 Metrology.

The Managing Director Defence Delivery at BAE Systems Australia Andrew Gresham said: “The divestment of our photonics capabilities to Norseld was carefully considered and will allow BAESA to focus on key markets and programmes aligned with our customer’s priority and needs.

“We believe Norseld is a great company to take Photonics into the future, strengthened by their continuous culture of technology and innovation.

“Norseld are on our Approved Supplier List and we look forward to our continuing relationship with them to support capability and AIC (Australian Industry Capability ) outcomes.”

Picture: Peter Shute, CEO Norseld

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