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E2v reorganises imaging division following growth

E2v has split its high performance imaging division into two streams: professional imaging and space imaging. The decision comes following growth of 26 per cent in its imaging business last year.

The professional imaging business, led by Francois Thouret and now incorporating the newly acquired AnaFocus CMOS business, will focus on commercial imaging products and services, including those for machine vision, medical imaging, science and thermal imaging markets.

The space imaging business, led by Marc Saunders, will further develop e2v’s relationships with global space agencies and primes including organisations such as ESA, NASA, JAXA, Airbus Defence and Space, Thales Alenia Space and Ball Aerospace.

Francois Thouret, who has been with e2v for seven years, has taken on the role of president of professional imaging. On 4 September 2014, e2v completed its acquisition of Spanish company AnaFocus, which designs and develops CMOS imaging sensors and vision systems for the industrial, scientific and high-end surveillance markets. AnaFocus will become an integral part of e2v’s professional imaging business and will help define and deliver the sector strategy for growth.

Thouret commented: ‘The acquisition of AnaFocus is a key milestone on our journey to grow our business. The acquisition strengthens our position and market share by extending our value proposition for customer specific CMOS image sensors into high-growth market segments.’

Marc Saunders, who joined e2v in 2012 as marketing and technology director, has been appointed president of space imaging. E2v manufactures imaging devices for space exploration and Earth observation for the world’s largest space agencies. The space imaging business has already seen over 70 new jobs created in the past year (following a £3.8m Regional Growth Fund grant). Saunders and his team will continue to drive growth by further advancing e2v’s capabilities in the field of imaging focal plane arrays and control sub-systems.

Saunders commented: ‘The changes we are making, with the creation of more agile customer-focused business areas, will put us in the best possible position to accelerate growth.’

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