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SPECTRAL Industries

SPECTRAL Industries gets its inspiration from the Dutch microscope builder Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, who, like SPECTRAL, has his roots in the city Delft. Van Leeuwenhoek was not the inventor of the microscope; the technique had already existed for almost 100 years. But van Leeuwenhoek was the first to make a properly designed microscope and therefore the first to reveal the full potential of the instrument. Thanks to the conscious approach to design started by van Leeuwenhoek, the microscope has developed into one of the most powerful tools used by mankind.

SPECTRAL did not invent LIBS, nor the echelle spectrometer. But like van Leeuwenhoek, we have the ambition to deliver the best LIBS instrument theoretically possible, so that LIBS can grow to be as important for today’s industries as the microscope is for science.


To deliver beyond state-of-the-art spectroscopy solutions for our customers in close collaboration with strategic partners.



SPECTRAL Industries envisions a world in which spectroscopic instruments are a part of our daily life without even noticing it. They will be incorporated in mobile phones, send a notification to a farmer that the crops are ready to harvest, or signal to a nurse that a patient’s blood values are abnormal. In this world, SPECTRAL will be a supplier of front-running spectroscopic solutions that will redefine the state-of-the-art.



SPECTRAL Industries is a high-tech start-up in the Netherlands.  We have a fruitful relation to TNO, that has a strong pedigree in designing and building spectroscopic instruments for applications including medical diagnostics, the semiconductor industry, and space. Several world-class spectroscopic instruments have been launched into space and are operating successfully!

A decade ago, the European Space Agency (ESA) started LIBS activities by developing an instrument to search for signs of past and present life on Mars. The instrument was to be located inside ESA’s ExoMars rover. It was designed and successfully tested to operate under the harsh environmental conditions on the Martian surface and to survive both the satellite launch from Earth and the drop from the satellite onto Mars.

Inspired by the space instrument, applications of this technology in diverse industries are ongoing, including mining, recycling, particle synthesis and medical diagnostics. To accelerate the commercialization of these LIBS activities, SPECTRAL Industries was formally launched in 2015 and is participating in the ESA Business Incubation Centre Noordwijk since the beginning of 2016

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