COMPANY BACKGROUND

HGH - The Infrared Reference since 1982 is above all a story of committed men and women, passionate about the development of Infrared and electro-optics technologies.

History

HGH Infrared Systems was founded in 1982, by experts in infrared technology in France: Rene Houis, Gilbert Gaussorgues, and Francois Hubert. Before creating HGH, F. Hubert and R. Houis were working for AGA Infrared Systems, pioneer in the development of infrared cameras for industrial inspection. G. Gaussorgues was the director of the French Navy optronics laboratory and was working as a consultant for AGA. 

Initially, HGH’s main business segments were:

  • Feasibility studies and opto-electronical prototype developments for the Defense, Space and Nuclear Industries: based on the founders’ expertise, HGH quickly became a key partner to the French defense laboratories, to develop specific test benches and optronic systems meeting client specifications
  • Thermographic cameras (distributed in Europe): TVS cameras from AVIO and LAIRD cameras from NIKON.

In 2001, the founders sold the company to the HGH’s sales director, Thierry Campos. Thierry Campos then changed the strategy of the company, by focusing resources and efforts on technological innovation toward a specific range of advanced products readily available off the shelf. HGH’s activity was then re-organized around three main market segments:

  • Defense and Civil Security, with the SPYNEL® series, infrared panoramic surveillance systems.
  • Thermography for Industrial applications, with a complete line of IR scanners and sensors to control and monitor manufacturing processes in a wide range of industries such as cement, glass, steel, metallurgy, paper, tobacco, plastic and electronics industries.
  • Optronic Test and Metrology Equipment, with products ranging from blackbodies and collimators to integrated test benches, for laboratories, IR sensors developers and manufacturers, and army maintenance services.
 

In addition, since the early 2000s, HGH has accelerated its international presence, with the opening of subsidiaries and sales offices outside France, and representatives in 50 countries:

  • In 2004, opening of a sales and service office in Beijing, China.
  • In 2008, opening of a subsidiary in Boston, MA – USA.
  • In 2010, opening of a sales office in Bengaluru, India.
  • In 2012, opening of ASIA Infrared Systems, subsidiary of HGH Systèmes Infrarouges in Singapore.
 

1964

CREATION OF ELECTRO-OPTICAL INDUSTRIES

Electro Optical Industries is a global provider of infrared solutions. EOI was founded by Arthur J. Cussen and incorporated in 1964, in Goleta, Santa Barbara, USA. 

Today, EOI is part of the HGH Group, and is known for providing state-of-the-art equipment for both government and commercial applications.

1982

CREATION OF HGH INFRARED SYSTEMS

The story of HGH Infrared Systems, expert in infrared  & electro-optics, began in France in 1982, when two pioneers of infrared technology met. René Houis was at this time director of the French subsidiary of an industrial thermography camera manufacturer, and Gilbert Gaussorgues was head of the French Navy optronics laboratory. When they decided to create HGH Infrared Systems, the company designed customized electro-optics equipment according to specific requirements.

Thierry Campos HGH CEO

2001

THIERRY CAMPOS ACQUIRED HGH

HGH Infrared Systems is acquired in 2001 by Thierry Campos, sales director at HGH since 1988.

2004

MOVE TO IGNY, PARIS-SACLAY

HGH moves to Igny, near Paris, in the heart of the Paris-Saclay cluster.

HGH Headquarters building in Paris Saclay, France

2004

OPENING OF CHINA OFFICE IN BEIJING

2005

DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPYNEL INFRARED PANORAMIC CAMERA

With skills acquired over decades, HGH developed a new range of products: Spynel, a 24/7 wide area surveillance system, with automatic intrusion detection and tracking over 360°. Spynel protects several critical infrastructure around the world, and won numerous international awards.

Spynel C

2007

DEVELOPMENT of spynel's CYCLOPE software for automatic detection and tracking

CYCLOPE is an advanced image processing software analysing panoramic images captured by the SPYNEL Wide Area Surveillance sensors in real-time.

2008

OPENING OF US EAST COAST SUBSIDIARY

HGH Infrared Systems opens its first subsidiary, in the US East Coast, in Boston.

2010

1st HISTORICAL CONTRACT WITH US ARMY

HGH Infrared Systems signs its first historical contract with the US Army, for the sale of dozens of SPYNEL Panoramic IR Camera.

US Military signs with HGH
world map with pin on bangalore

2011

OPENING OF INDIA OFFICE IN BENGALORE

HGH Infrared Systems pursues its international development and opens an office in India.

2012

OPENING OF THE 2nd HGH SUBSIDIARY IN SINGAPORE

HGH Infrared Systems is strenghtening its presence in Asia, with the opening of a new subsidiary in Singapore, giving to the company a gateway to the Southeast Asian market.

HGH_indian_OFFICE_Bangalore
Electro Optical Industries office building in Goleta, CA

2016

ACQUISITION OF ELECTRO OPTICAL INDUSTRIES

In 2016, HGH Infrared Systems announced the acquisition of Electro Optical Industries (EOI), American experts in Test & Measurement based in California (USA).

2018

CARLYLE GROUP BECOMES MAJOR STAKE HOLDER OF HGH

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) becomes a major stake holder of HGH. This partnership with Carlyle is intented to accelerate HGH’s growth and development in new markets.

Carlyle Group logo

2019

HGH EXPANDS ITS BRAND NAME WORLDWIDE

The HGH Group starts its brand harmonization worldwide, to better reflect its position as a global leader in the optronics market.

2021

Electro-optical industries becomes "HGH USA"

At the dawn of its 40th anniversary, the HGH Group continues its brand unification in its American subsidiary

vincent leboucher becomes president of hgh group

Vincent Leboucher graduated from the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in 2002 and joined HGH in 2003 as an electro-optics engineer. His rapid evolution within the company allowed him to quickly take on the position of Head of R&D and to acquire a very sharp knowledge of HGH technology. His creativity and management agility led him to the position of Deputy General Manager in 2018, and President of HGH Group in 2021.