Cooke Optics announces plans to extend factory and workforce in response to continuing demand for PL glass


- Reaction to launch of Anamorphic/i lenses underscores need for further expansion -

Last Updated: May 31, 2013 5:40 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, California--May 31, 2013) Cooke Optics, the leading manufacturer of precision lenses, today announced that it will extend its factory and workforce in Leicester, UK to accommodate the sustained and growing demand for its world-leading, hand-crafted lenses. The news comes on the day that Cooke receives the Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at Cine Gear Expo 2013 in recognition of the significant contributions Cooke has made to advancing the art and craft of film making.

A growing order book for Cooke’s new range of Anamorphic/i lenses, which were launched to great acclaim at NAB 2013, as well as continuing demand for the popular miniS4/I, 5/i and S4/i ranges, have necessitated the factory expansion. Cooke will add a further 300m2, which will house more assembly and projection facilities as well as an R&D laboratory. A 10% increase in the workforce will be required to fuel the expansion.

“As the digital camera revolution continues, people want the best PL lenses to tell their stories,” said Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics. “We’re gratified by the demand we face for our lenses, particularly the recent interest that our Anamorphic/i lenses have garnered, and have taken these measures to increase production while maintaining our high standards. Our lenses are all individually hand-made in Leicester by a very skillful workforce, and our customers appreciate the time and effort that goes into making every lens as perfect as it can be.”

The famed Cooke Look® can be seen on recent film and television projects including Mr Selfridge, Game of Thrones, Zero Dark Thirty and A Good Day to Die Hard.

About Cooke Optics, LTD.
Cooke is a storied name in both cinematographic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the world’s most respected cinematographers. Cooke is also the developer behind /i Technology, the protocol enabling vital lens and camera information to be captured and passed digitally to post-production teams. Cooke was honoured with a 2013 Academy Award® of Merit (an Oscar® statuette) for its continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of motion picture camera lenses. Features in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Zero Dark Thirty, A Good Day To Die Hard, To Rome With Love, Filth, After Earth, Hugo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Midnight in Paris, My Week With Marilyn, Red Dog, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Angels and Demons. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Parade’s End, Chicago Fire, Game of Thrones, World Without End, The Borgias, Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Trollied, Trauma, Community, Back, Journeyman, State of Mind, Life, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, and Entourage.


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