We have specialized in the field of photo sensor technology since 1937. The organization innovates, develops, and manufactures a wide range of sensors and detectors used to detect ions, electrons, and photons. Our innovative solutions are used in defense, science, industry, and medical research. The organization employs 1,200 people worldwide, with around 350 working in Roden.

One technology, various markets
PHOTONIS is a leading player in the mass spectrometry market and has installed a variety of components in the majority of space telescopes and high-energy physics experiments in laboratories throughout the world. Two such examples are the CERN particle accelerator in Geneva and the Rosetta space probe. PHOTONIS provides defense with unrivaled night-vision technology used in night-vision devices, telescopic sights, monocles and other applications and equipment that need to operate under low light conditions.

Global market leader in image intensifiers
Most of the activities undertaken by PHOTONIS Nederland concentrate on night vision, and the company is now the global market leader in the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art image intensifiers for military, spaceflight, and commercial purposes.

To be able to operate successfully in this hi-tech market, it is necessary to combine different fields of expertise, such as physics, chemistry, electronics, and ultra-high vacuum technology in one production process and one product. The night-vision market is tightly defined with only a handful of specialist market players. The key to success in this market is the sensor’s performance. This is one of the most important reasons why the PHOTONIS strategy is its focus on technological leadership.

Digital sensors 
Benefiting from its many years of expertise in night-vision technology, PHOTONIS also designs digital sensors that can operate both at night and by day. Further to this, other OEMs and integrators can put PHOTONIS digital sensors to excellent use, and the sensors are not susceptible to weather conditions such as rain, wind, major temperature fluctuations, exposure to direct sunlight, or glass protection. Digital sensors are at the heart of the NOCTURN camera: an application of special camera electronics used to serve the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) market, as well as national border and port security. 

Future 25% of our human resources are scientists and approximately 10% of turnover is invested annually in R&D. This leads to PHOTONIS playing an active role in many groundbreaking, international experiments and projects, generally in partnership with internationally focused institutions, such as TNO, CERN, ESA, and NASA. In the future, PHOTONIS will continue to reinforce its market leadership, not only in terms of turnover, but above all in terms of setting the standard for photo sensor technology. In view of its current market position and the eagerness of its personnel, this scenario would seem highly likely.


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