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Designed and manufactured near Oxford in the UK, Cobalt's award-winning, innovative products enable non-invasive, sub-surface chemical analysis across a wide range of applications

Agilent Technologies Acquires Cobalt Light Systems

On July 7 2017, Agilent Technologies announced it had acquired Cobalt Light Systems. Agilent Technologies Inc. is a global leader in analytical laboratory technologies headquartered in Santa Clara, California. As a spinoff of Hewlett Packard in the 1990s, Agilent has more than 50 years of insight and innovation. The company generated revenues of $4.20 billion in fiscal 2016 and employs about 13,000 people worldwide - Read the full story

Unique Technologies

Cobalt’s proprietary technologies use novel variants of Raman spectroscopy. Our instruments can rapidly and accurately identify materials hidden inside objects or through opaque barriers such as plastic, coloured glass, paper and skin, or can measure the concentrations of materials in mixtures, with a high degree of accuracy.

Our products are applied in a range of applications, including:

UK Based

Our headquarters are near Oxford in the UK, with all product design and manufacturing taking place onsite.

Operations began in 2008, developing instruments across a range of Raman applications for laboratory and industrial analysis. The underlying technology is exclusive to the company and was invented at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK.

The Story of Cobalt Light Systems - Sunday Times & BT Business SME Export Track 100 Winners 2015

The Story of Cobalt Light Systems - Sunday Times & BT Business SME Export Track 100 Winners 2015

Award Winning

Cobalt has received numerous awards since the company was founded in 2008. These include:

  • The Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015 - in the category of International Trade. The Queen's Award is the UK's highest accolade for business success.
  • The 2014 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, the UK’s most prestigious prize for innovation in engineering.
  • Cobalt was placed top of the 2015 Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 - ranking UK companies with fastest-growing exports; and was placed in the top ten on the 2014 Tech Track 100 - ranking the UK's fastest-growing technology companies.

Full details can be found on our Awards page.

Quality Assurance

Cobalt Light Systems is audited and monitored by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). Our UK and US facilities are certified by LRQA to the Quality Management Systems Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2015 for hardware and software design, manufacture, sale and support of non-invasive spectroscopic analysis systems for use in pharmaceutical, security screening and diagnostic applications.

As a company, we are committed to providing the highest quality products that meet and, where possible, exceed the needs and expectations of customers. We continuously work on improving our Management System to ensure compliance with regulations, national and international standards.


  • Download a copy of Cobalt's ISO 9001:2015 certificate

® Cobalt and LiteThru are trademarks of Cobalt Light Systems Ltd., registered in the UK and other countries.

Cobalt Light Systems Terms and Conditions of Sale

Terms and conditions of sale for Cobalt Light Systems Ltd. and Cobalt Light Systems, Inc. are available for download.