Last year was primarily a 40th anniversary of establishment of the PCO, which culminated in a ceremony held at the National Stadium, Warsaw, and was associated with various promotional, educational and CSR activities.
Company perspectives for 2017 are bright due to constant and stable development. This year’s priorities will be to realise agreements on delivery of the optoelectronic devices for the Polish Armed Forces, development of the offer of devices for military vehicles, continuation of works on TYTAN Advanced Individual Battle System (AIBS) and further participation in research and development activities.
In the last month of 2016, PCO S.A. has signed an agreement with Armament Inspectorate on delivery of optoelectronic equipment for the Polish Armed Forces. Deliveries will be realised in the 2017-2019 period. Development of optoelectronic devices for military vehicles will be among key tasks for 2017 because PCO S.A. participates in consortium modernising Leopard II tanks used by the PAF.
In frames of this programme the company will be preparing thermal imaging cameras, with the KLW-1R ‘ASTERIA’ camera project for the Rosomak APC creating additional perspectives. It gives PCO S.A. the ability to participate in modernisation of APCs used by the Polish Army. The company also participates in the unmanned turret project for the Rosomak APC, preparing optoelectronic heads used in this project.
Gaining civilian certification for the PNL-3M ‘ORLIK’ miniature night vision aviator’s goggles opens new markets for PCO S.A. After this certification, goggles may be used in Airbus EC-135 helicopters, meaning perspectives for implementing company products in helicopters of the civilian rescue services such as air ambulance services. Development of the civilian offer is important due to a widening scope of potential clients. Transfer of military technologies into civilian use will undoubtedly be among our priorities for 2017, while AIBS TYTAN works will be continued this year. PCO S.A. coordinates activities of the consortium preparing this project and works are already on the advanced stage. Modernised optoelectronic equipment for the future soldier was created. Due to scale of the order and perspectives of its continuation, works on TYTAN system are treated as a priority.
Among the plans for 2017 is also a promotion of the PCO S.A. brand, which will be made through participation in Polish Technological Platform on Photonics (PPTF), that is being coordinated by the company. It gives perspectives for following most modern trends of the optoelectronic branch. During this year PCO S.A. also plans another edition of the Optoelectronic Conference that gathers leading specialists, representatives of the Polish Armed Forces and the defence industry.
"A substantive and turnout success of the previous conference under the slogan ‘Optoelectronics as a key for safety and better life of the citizens’ was possible thanks to efficient cooperation with the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, PPTF and Warsaw University of Technology. The event was an occasion for establishing new contacts and exchange of valuable experience.
"Presentation of the research and interesting optoelectronic projects results was an opportunity for discussion on practical use of optoelectronics, not only in the defence sector, but also in other important branches," commented President of the Board of PCO S.A. Ryszard Kardasz.
Plans for the New Year associated with company development and realisation of orders should also result in an increase of employment in 2017 and gaining new, highly qualified cadres. Within this field, PCO S.A. conducts cyclical projects aimed to build and promote an image of PCO S.A. as a valuable employer in frames of employer branding in previous year Open Days for students and graduates of the technical faculties. The company also participated in professional events at various universities.
In 2016, PCO S.A. gained numerous awards for its optoelectronic products, such as the DEFENDER award for the KLW-1R thermal imaging camera, Laurel of Innovations for the KLW-1 ‘ASTERIA’ camera. Awards were a result of work on product ranges and presentations during fairs, conferences and contests.
In the New Year the company will also conduct marketing activities to present its products during numerous events. PCO S.A. also plans investment that will enlarge its potential and production infrastructure, with resources from the Ministry of Defence already gained.
"Taking under considerations orders made by the Polish Armed Forces and other uniform services and participation of the company in key defence projects, we expect that 2017 will bring further active development.
"Increasingly innovative character of the Polish technologies, active research and development activities in cooperation with universities and scientific institutes, together with widening our offer, makes me look with optimism on the future of our company in 2017," sums up PCO S.A. president of the board Ryszard Kardasz.