John Partridge founded Sonardyne in 1971 and his vision was to improve the safety and efficiency of underwater navigation for divers through innovation in acoustic signal processing, hardware design and custom engineering.  From our origins in the North Sea in the early 1970s, innovation and performance has maintained our reputation for technical leadership. Today we have an unrivalled portfolio of acoustic and non-acoustic technologies for use in the most challenging marine environments. Our vision is to facilitate safe, secure, economical and environmentally sound operations upon and within the world’s oceans and seas; continuing  to expand on  John’s original vision.

Whilst underwater acoustics remains at the very core of what we do, our business now reaches far beyond this, driven by both the possibilities of new technologies and the needs of our clients.   In just a few short years sonar imaging, optical communications and inertial navigation technologies have emerged from our research programmes. But if experience has taught us one thing, it is that the more you understand about your client’s business, then the more responsive you can be as an organisation and the better prepared you are to deliver and support the right solution. Our investment has provided great value to our customers. Survey operations become ever faster and more efficient, deepwater vessels are able to operate safely in all conditions, seabed to surface data transfer is reliable and quick and waterside installations are better protected against the threat of attack.

“Today we are continuing to invest, innovate and look to the future. As a vertically integrated company with research, design, manufacturing, testing, marketing, distribution and support all under one roof, we have the resources to develop specialised capability for a very diverse range of clients and markets.”

Graham Brown, Managing Director

We aim to continuously build on our position as a leading independent provider of trusted marine technology solutions globally, spanning all marine markets.  Our values are clear; a strong customer focus, a passion for engineering excellence and innovation, meticulous attention to quality and a strong commitment to our employees and the community…  passion, excellence and integrity. Our application knowledge and engineering capability has been built up over nearly fifty years. We will continue to develop as the next chapter of our story is written.