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Sector:  Defence Technology

Country: France

Investment date: October 2011

Partners: Management, Ardian

Photonis is a multinational group with leadership positions in photo-sensor technology.  Operating four plants in the Netherlands, France and the U.S., Photonis is particularly focused on manufacturing of optical and electronic components designed to detect and amplify optical signals and low radiation. The Photonis technology has applications in night vision for defence & security equipment, in scientific & industrial instrumentation and in airborne radars. Revenues are well diversified geographically across Europe, Asia, the Middle-East and North America. Photonis is headquartered near Bordeaux, France.