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Its key customers for machine vision applications include Carl Zeiss Meditec, Canon and Optopol in the optical coherence tomography (OCT) and ophthalmology markets, and Orbotech and Basler for electronics
The full-year trading performance reflected the ongoing restructuring and increased flexibility in our cost base which we have utilised to mitigate the challenging trading environment experienced during the year.
Scientific imaging was lower than the prior year reflecting softer end user demand. In space our recovery program has delivered growth in the second half. The remaining businesses, including thermal imaging and dental products, have delivered good underlying growth.
The growth in the order book reflects good order intake in the space sector and underlying growth the other application segments as one-off orders are being replaced by ongoing business.
Our increased sales resources in Asia provide a platform to support these important high growth markets.