Next Photonics Leadership Group meeting 20 February

The next Photonics Leadership Group meeting will be on 20th Feb 2018 in central London.  If you would like to attend and have not been to previous meetings please contact us.  Previous contributors/ stakeholders will receive an email with details. The agenda will cover addressing the photonics grand challenges, sector deal developments and ISCF updates…

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Innovate Manufacturing, Materials and Infrastructure competition opens highly relevant to #photonics

Innovate have opened two new competitions in Future Manufacturing and Materials and Infrastructure. Previous Manufacturing and Materials competitions have attracted a high proportion of top quality proposals utilising and developing photonics.  “Projects should target opportunities for significant changes in productivity and …. increase material efficiency“. This competition scope focuses on:- developing more flexible and efficient…

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Nationwide input to the PLG

The UK photonics industry is distributed across the UK with key centres of activity in Northern Ireland, Scotland, the South West, South East, Midlands, Wales, North East and North West.  With global exporters often tucked away in small industry estates thought out the country, many people are unaware of the significant role UK photonics firms…

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UK Industry Strategy finalised with plenty of scope for #photonics

  Ideas Innovation People Skills Infrastructure  i.e. full fibre networks Business Environment Starting & growing enterprise Places Prosperity across UK The industrial strategy: building a Britain for the future outlines 5 foundations for UK growth down from the 10 pillars in the original green paper. The strategy further outlines the overall grand challenges / global trends…

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Photonics in Defence and Security

The new Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2017 is welcomed by the PLG. The concise review identifies the critical role science and technology plays in current and future defence and security. Many of the key enablers identified in sensing, quantum technology, novel materials, autonomy and more are underpinned by photonics innovations. The importance…

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Photonics and the Budget

Measures in the budget of high relevance to UK photonics industry include:- An Additional £2.3bn in 2021-2022 for research and development funding.  This is an extension of the national productivity investment fund program to 2021-22 not an increase in earlier years. Announced R&D funding under NPIF (inc industrial challenge fund) now:. 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22…

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Industrial Digitisation in UK – Made Smarter Review

The PLG welcomes the publication of Juerger Maier’s Made Smarter Review of how digital technology, including photonics, can boost UK manufacturing by £455billion over 10 years.  A likely prelude for an Industrial Digitisation Sector Deal, the review outlines three key challenges in leadership, adoption and innovation. Photonics, notable industrial vision, optical metrology and laser processing,…

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Grand Photonic Challenges

UK photonics leaders have identified four grand challenges for the industry to address over the next 5 to 10 years. Delivering Internet 5.0, where data delivery is ubiquitous, invisible and instantaneous to all people and all factories, no matter where they are or what they are doing. I5_0 will break the link between digital demand…

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Photonics Landscape

Who is doing what, where? The interactive photonics landscape tool from the Knowledge Transfer Network shows where many UK photonics companies are located and which markets/applications they are focused on.  Searchable by region and application, this tool gives insights into the breadth of applications addressed by UK photonics and distribution of companies around the UK….

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Lasers- an essential tool for raising manufacturing productivity

Lasers are an increasingly essential tool for enhancing productivity in modern manufacturing enabling rapid precision cutting,  welding, joining, engraving and marking in additional to precision quality control and on-line measurement.  The latest review article from Industrial Laser Solutions summarises how the latest fibre laser – invented in the UK continue are enhancing the manufacturing process.