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Cooke Optics acquired by Caledonia Investments

Current management team and day-to-day activities remain unchanged

Cooke Optics has announced that a majority stake of the company has been acquired by investment trust Caledonia Investments.

The current Cooke Optics management team, including chairman Les Zellan, CEO Robert Howard and COO Alan Merrills, remain in place, while day-to-day activities at the Leicester-based company continue unchanged.

“We have been experiencing a sustained period of growth, and the time was right to look for a new investor to help us develop further,” said Les Zellan, chairman, Cooke Optics. “Caledonia, another historic British company, has a reputation for long term investment and for supporting management teams to grow their businesses.

“With a strong financial partner in Caledonia, Cooke is in an excellent position to continue designing and making more of our coveted lenses for the film and television industry.”

Cooke’s most recent developments include the S7/i full frame lens range, the Panchro/i Classic range and the Anamorphic/i SF range. The company is also behind the lens metadata standard, /i Technology, which captures valuable lens information for use on-set and in post-production.

The latest Cooke lens ranges will be on display on Stand 12.D10 at IBC 2018, from 14th-18th September 2018.