To mark its tenth year anniversary, ULIS, a manufacturer of infrared (IR) imaging sensors, has invested in a new facility to meet increasing market demands for IR technology.

According to the Yole Development report ‘Uncooled Infrared Imaging: Commercial & Military Applications’, sales of uncooled IR cameras will grow from 320,000 units in 2011 to 1.1 million units in 2017. Figures also show that the market share for uncooled IR imagers for commercial applications will represent more than 80% of the total uncooled IR imaging market, with the slice for military applications shrinking from around 30 to 15%.

”Since ULIS’ creation ten years ago, we have taken strategic technological and development steps to enable the company to capture more and more of the uncooled IR imaging market,” said Jean-François Delepau, managing director at ULIS.

“We have always aimed to be at the forefront of new IR market developments. This €20m investment in a new state of the art IR sensor facility is another major step in our growth. In particular, the investment will go a long way in boosting our penetration into emerging high volume market areas, such as automotive and low resolution sensors, and in giving us a substantial lead. Thanks to the new facility, our customers will greatly benefit from the new advances in the performance of our IR sensors, giving their IR products a competitive edge in the highly price sensitive commercial market.”