P&P Optica: Our History
P&P Optica, Inc. is an instrumentation start-up company located in Waterloo, Ontario, developing, designing and manufacturing optical spectrometers with accompanying acquisition and analysis software. A breakthrough technological advancement PPO Spectrometers provide a more sensitive, faster, more accurate tool than what is currently available for use across a variety of industries and applications. The results garnered from the PPO spectrometer solution will be both a catalyst for establishment of a new performance standard for current applications, as well as will enable new applications previously unviable with optical spectrometers.
P&P Optica was federally incorporated in 1995 in Quebec City as an optical design and manufacturing contractor. In 2000, the company moved to Kitchener, Ontario. By 2004, the company had expanded their business to include fibre-optic cable manufacturing. This business was spun out that year to form an independent, arms length company, Fibertech Optica. PPO Gel Gratings are the core component of P&P Optica’s transmission-based optical spectrometer, and enabled the company’s first spectrometer sale to the Ontario Cancer Institute. In 2011, the company moved their offices to Waterloo, Ontario. The company’s business model is to secure custom spectrometer development contracts with academic researchers, and then to build and deliver those spectrometers to their customers. As of September 2011 the company finished transferring grating production from Poland to their Waterloo facility, and has established a contract manufacturing relationship with Raytheon to have their spectrometer designs manufactured in Midland Ontario.