Author: John Lincoln

UK Photonics Resilience Continues into the Autumn

The latest analysis of the PLG’s autumn survey of the impact of Covid-19 on photonics and acoustics industries shows UK photonics continues to be highly resilient with 93% of companies operating at,or above 75% of pre-Covid-19 capacity, with 16% operating at above March 2020 levels. Whilst some companies identify some continuing difficulties in the supply…

National Security and Investment Bill introduced to Parliament with major potential impact on UK Photonics

Significant changes have been incorporated in the new National Security and Investment Bill that was introduced to Parliament on 11 Nov 2020.   The Bill now proposes mandatory notification to government of transactions in sensitive sectors, essentially effective from 12 November 2020 The list of sensitive sectors has been expanded to include advanced materials including “photonics…

Connecting the UK -Made in the UK

The PLG is currently working with the UK photonics community and the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum to draft a recommended strategy for significantly increasing supply of UK optical communications hardware and a vision giving the UK a lead in next generation low-carbon communications capability. UPDATE – a 1 page briefing summary of the recommended Connecting…

Funding and the Innovation Ecosystem

With the UK government focusing on science and technology as a driver of the Covid recovery and future growth, a new UK Research and Development Roadmap and Brexit , rarely have there been so many drivers of change in the UK innovation system. In conjunction with Photonex, the PLG is pleased to be able to…

Showcase Opportunites for Photonics in Quantum

The annual UK Quantum Showcase will be going ahead as a virtaul event on Firday 6 November. The showcase offers a opportunity to demonstrate the products and services that quantum is building and the key role photonics is playing in enabling a wide range of quantum applications. More information and registration details are available here…

Photonics Growth 2021 and Beyond

A lively panel discussion chaired by Anke Lohmann (Anchored In & PLG Treasurer) in collaboration with Photonex with panellists, Chris Dorman (PLG Chairman and Coherent Scotland), David Lara (Microsoft Research), Tom Harvey (National Healthcare Photonics Centre) and John Lincoln (PLG) will discuss the many varied opportunities for Photonics as we make progress in recovering from…