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Spectris plc
Type Public (LSE: SXS)
Industry Instrumentation
Founded 1915
Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Headquarters Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Key people John Poulter, Chairman
John O'Higgins, CEO
Revenue £1,202.0 million (2013)[1]
Operating income £215.5 million (2013)[1]
Net income £200.0 million (2013)[1]

Spectris plc is a supplier of precision instrumentation and controls. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


  • History 1
  • Operations 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The Company was founded by Richard Fairey in 1915, as the Fairey Aviation Company with the objective of manufacturing seaplanes.[2] In 1980 the business was acquired by Pearson from which it was the subject of a management buy-out in 1987.[2] It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1988.[2] In the 1990s the Company focused on electronics selling its electrical insulator and hydraulic actuator businesses.[2]

In 1997 it acquired Burnfield, a measuring instruments manufacturer, and in 1999 it bought Servomex, an industrial instruments manufacturer.[2] In 2000 it bought four instrumentation businesses from Spectris A.G. of Germany and then in 2001 changed its name to Spectris plc.[2] In 2002 it bought the Philips Analytical business.[3] In December 2012 it sold Fusion UV to Heraeus Holding, GmbH. for $172 million (USD) in cash using the proceeds to pay down debt.[4] In 2011, Spectris bought Omega Engineering for $475 million.[5]


The Company is organised as follows:[6]


  1. ^ a b c Preliminary Results 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e f Spectris: History
  3. ^ Spectris buys X-Ray technology for €150m
  4. ^ "Spectris sells Fusion UV business to Heraus for 172m dollars". 19 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Ebrahami, Helia (16 August 2011). "Spectris buys US rival for $475m". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Spectris: Businesses

External links

  • Official site

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