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Sale of University of Surrey fibre optics sensing technology company


We advised the shareholders of Polarmetrix Limited on the sale of the company to Fotech Solutions Limited, a UK developer of monitoring and surveillance solutions for oil and gas wells and pipelines.

Polarmetrix, which was based in the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, is a University of Surrey spin-out company specialising in the research and development of fibre optic sensing technology for the security and oil and gas sectors. Optical fibres are ideal for a wide variety of industrial sensing applications over short or long distances.

The sale of the company to Fotech – which recently secured £6.5 million in funding from investors including Scottish Equity Partners, Energy Ventures and the Shoaibi Group of Saudi Arabia – will mean that the business can be expanded and further applications developed for the commercial sector. Fotech is in the process of creating a range of innovative products for the oil and gas instrumentation and sensor market. It has established a new base in Hampshire.

Penningtons’ business services team, led by partner Sarah Scarlett, co-ordinated the deal, advising all selling shareholders. Commenting on the transaction, Sarah said: “We are pleased to continue our association with the University of Surrey by advising on the successful sale of Polarmetrix, in a transaction which will provide excellent opportunities for the company’s future success.” 


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