Gooch & Housego Receives Prestigious Award from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


February 5th, 2008 - Gooch and Housego has been presented with a "Vendor Appreciation" award from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the supply of crystal quartz wave plates.

The wave plates, supplied by Gooch & Housego Ilminster, in the UK, are key components used in the National Ignition Facility's (NIF) laser pre-amplifier modules at LLNL.

The NIF will be used as part of the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration's Stockpile Stewardship program to ensure the safety and security of the nuclear weapons stockpile. The NIF also will be used for energy, astrophysics and basic science research.

The presentation, made at Photonics West in San Jose last week, is the culmination of a four year relationship between Gooch & Housego and LLNL. It comes in recognition of the high quality product Gooch & Housego has provided over the years, which is capable of meeting the stringent demands required for working in an extreme environment such as the NIF.

Due to the nature of the National Ignition Facility at LLNL, the laser is being built to extremely exacting standards, which also extends to the products the LLNL use and the contractors they liaise with. Gooch & Housego has consistently provided the highest quality wave plates, supported by an efficient and effective customer service, and the staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory wanted to thank Gooch and Housego for their commitment.

Gareth Jones, CEO of Gooch & Housego, commented, "It is a great honour to receive this award, and it is testament to the hard work and dedication we have put in to this contract. We have now built a strong relationship with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and hope it will continue in the future."

The award was presented to Gareth Jones of Gooch & Housego by Tom Simon, technical representative for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

About Gooch & Housego:

Gooch & Housego is a global manufacturer of custom precision-optic, crystal-optic, electro-optic, acousto-optic and fibre-optic components for the industrial laser, bio-medical, defense, metrology and telecoms sectors. Gooch & Housego is owned by Gooch & Housego Plc, and was launched in January 2008 following the integration of five Gooch & Housego Plc companies: Gooch & Housego UK, Cleveland Crystals, NEOS Technologies, Landwehr Electronic, and SIFAM Fibre Optics.

Gooch & Housego Plc first started trading in 1948. The group also owns Chromodynamics and Optronic Laboratories, and is publicly quoted, with a listing on the UK's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

More information on Gooch & Housego and Gooch & Housego Plc is available at www.goochandhousego.com

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