About Andor Technology

Andor Technology Ltd (Andor) 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.

“ Our mission is to become the global leader in pioneering and manufacturing high performance light measuring solutions ”

As portrayed in our mission statement, the principal business of Andor is the development and manufacture of high performance digital cameras. Further, we look to share our expertise to develop the best solutions for your light measuring problems, distributing our products to a customer base encompassing both the scientific research & industrial communities.


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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 we have pioneered the development of high performance cameras.

Andor Technology PLC was admitted to AIM on Friday 3rd December 2004 (the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market a global market for smaller, growing companies) and has commenced dealings in its Ordinary Shares.

Andor, a world leader in Scientific Imaging, Spectroscopy Solutions and Microscopy Systems, 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.  

A) 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

B) Andor Ethos

The growth and success of Andor has been driven by our simple ethos of maintaining the company focus on the following factors:

  • Customer Focus
    Andor believes the heart of our business is our customers; our success comes from the success of our customers. We constantly monitor customer feedback to look how we can improve the products we make or the service we can offer. If you have any suggestions please contact us with your feedback.
  • Innovation
    Andor is never satisfied with the status quo and to ensure we can continue to offer the best products and services Andor continually strives for innovation. We have a long history of bringing innovation to the high performance camera market.
  • Teamwork
    Andor views the team as the stakeholders of Andor which encompasses our customers, our Staff, our distributors and our suppliers and we believe that through better Teamwork we divide our task and multiply our success.

C) Andor Facilities

The largest Andor facility is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland which is a new, purpose-built 50,000sq. ft premises. The premises include state of the art optical, electronic and mechanical workshops, a 3000sq. ft clean room, vacuum and electronic processing facilities. Andor also maintains Sale and sales support facilities through out the world close to our customers. Please refer to our contact section for your nearest Andor office.

D) Company Management System

Andor operates an integrated management system throughout its operations which is independently certified to ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001.

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Andor Technology's statistics...

  • 400 employees in 16 offices
  • 10,000 customers in 55 countries
  • 25 years of product innovation