Altec Engineering to Collaborate with Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Date Added 03/03/2014

Bowburn based Altec Engineering Limited has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation. This 12 month agreement will see Altec build upon a 30 year history of engagement with the Centre and now collaborate closely with the CfAI on business development and gathering market intelligence, which will ultimately benefit both parties.

The CfAI has a diverse portfolio of research and development activities covering Adaptive Optics, Low Light Level Spectroscopy, Near Infrared Instrumentation, Optical Fibres, Liquid Crystal Optics, Precision Optics and Biophotonic Imaging. These products are used in equipment such as ground based telescopes and observation satellites. Altec Engineering’s combination of manufacturing expertise and entrepreneurship will compliment the University department’s core research and development skills, as they collectively seek to expand their activities within these areas.

Catherine Johns, Innovation & Business Growth Director for Business Durham, said ” I am delighted Altec and CfAI are collaborating to secure project work in areas such as ground and space based astronomy, satellite technology and particle accelerators. The arrangement makes excellent use of Altec’s design and manufacturing expertise together with CfAI’s detailed knowledge of instrumentation development. Durham has world-class strengths in space technology and this collaboration can only help to raise the profile of the outstanding work carried out here.”

Altec Engineering Limited is a highly successful and dynamic North East company providing a comprehensive range of services including Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, CNC Precision Machining and Special Purpose Machine Design & Build. Altec is active in a number of market sectors including Aerospace & Space Science, Oil & Gas, Medical Science, Defence, Automotive and Nuclear & Renewables.