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Andor Technology Ltd. is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and operates at the high-value end of the global scientific digital camera market. Andor was setup in 1989 out of Queen’s University in Belfast, and now employs over 400 people in 16 offices worldwide and distributes its products to 10,000 customers in 55 countries.
The founders of Andor, working in the Physics department of Queen’s University, Belfast, found that the cameras then available were inadequate for their demanding applications, so developed their own. After using them in various imaging and spectroscopic applications they found they were being requested by researchers in other departments in Queen’s and other universities. Andor was formed in 1989 to take advantage of these requirements.
The company has grown organically and is today the fastest growing company manufacturing high performance digital cameras. Along the way they have pioneered the development of high performance cameras.
Andor, acquired Bitplane AG, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2009. Bitplane is the world’s leading interactive microscopy image analysis software company specialising in Medical and Life Sciences. Bitplane’s focus on 3D and 4D imaging complements Andor’s existing business, especially the rapidly growing systems division.
To strengthen the microscopy division further Andor acquired Photonic Instruments, USA, in 2010. Photonic Instruments developed the revolutionary Mosaic and Micropoint products and are the market leaders in fluorescence imaging and laser ablation for Confocal and widefield microscopy.
In January 2014, Oxford Instruments, a leading provider of high-technology tools for industry and research, announced the acquisition of Andor Technology. As a result of this acquisition, Andor will continue to focus on growing their existing core markets and will spearhead Oxford Instruments strategic expansion into the Nano-Bio arena.
Innovative Highlights
1st Non-controller based scientific camera – 1989
1st Permanent Vacuum Sealed Spectroscopy Camera – 1991
1st fully integrated ICCD (Intensified Charged Coupled Device) – 1994
1st EMCCD (Electron Multiplying Charged Coupled Device) – 2001
Scientific CMOS Technology Launch – 2009

Andor product range includes the world’s most advanced and versatile CCD and ICCD detectors, and in recent years we have pushed the boundaries of working in low light by pioneering Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) technology. Our most recent technological advancement has been Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) technology launched in June 2009.

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