Labsphere Joins Halma

Latest acquisition strengthens Halma’s photonics industry presence

North Sutton, New Hampshire (February 13, 2007) – Labsphere Inc, a world leader in the design and manufacturer of light measurement technology has been acquired by Halma p.l.c., a leading safety, health and sensor technology group based in the
United Kingdom. Labsphere will join Halma’s global group of photonics businesses.

 Labsphere Light Metrology Equipment

Founded in 1979, Labsphere ( a strong worldwide presence in light testing and measurement and optical coatings. The company’s products include LED, laser and traditional light source light measurement systems; uniform light sources for imaging device calibration; spectroscopy accessories; and high diffuse reflectance materials and coatings for applications in backlit panel displays, computed radiography, and system calibration. The evolution of the company’s technologies has resulted in multiple patents in areas such as methods for testing LEDs on a wafer and UV transmittance.

Halma ( is a holding company of almost 50 worldwide subsidiaries that develop and manufacture products to improve quality of life for people worldwide. The company’s business groups focus on industrial safety, health and analysis and infrastructure sensors. Labsphere joins Ocean Optics ( and
Mikropack GmbH ( in the photonics sector of the health and analysis business group.

Halma’s photonics companies are established brands with market-leading technologies and products which generate light, condition light and analyze the interaction of light on substances. Their products range from spectrometers to complementary technologies such as chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, thin films and optics. The scope of applications is vast, from cancer detection to specialized architectural and theatre lighting filters. The acquisition of Labsphere and its complementary technologies will create opportunities for technical and marketing collaborations as Halma continues to grow this sector.

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