Author: John Lincoln

PLG welcomes Innovate call to identify key challenges faced by industry for ISCF wave 3

In the first call from UKRI , the new body combining the Research Councils and Innovate_UK expressions of interest have been invited on the main challenges faced by industry where intervention will make a significant impact on the grand challenges identified in the 2017 industry strategy. The PLG welcomes this open call from UKRI which…

IOP business awards 2018 now open

The Institute of Physics business awards 2018 are now open for entries.  Recognising the contribution physics and physicists make to industry across all sectors with categories for innovative companies, start-ups and individuals. Photonics is always well represented in the awards which providing a unique  opportunity for recognising the impact of Physics based innovation in the…

The UK in full flow at Photonics West 2018

A record breaking Photonics West 2018 saw packed aisles and UK exhibitors thriving last week in San Francisco.  Significant interest in sensing for autonomous vehicles combined with lasers for manufacturing and virtual reality solutions to drive increasing numbers to the show with most exhibitors reporting heavy traffic. The support of the Department of International Trade and…

Laser industry sees record 26% growth

2017 was a record breaking year for the global laser industry, growing by 26% to $4.3billion according to latest analysis by David Belforte at Industrial Laser solutions.  Fibre lasers (up 34%) and diode lasers (up 56%) were reported to be the hottest growth areas. The increasing importance of high power fibre lasers in modern manufacturing…

Innovate Emerging and Enabling competition to open 22 Jan

Innovate_UK latest Emerging and Enabling competition will open on 22 January.  Traditionally the home for many #photonics applications Emerging and Enabling will form strand 2 of a joint call with Health and Life Sciences (strand 1) sharing a budget of £19million.  Application deadline is 28 March 2018. Projects must show significant innovation in one of…

UK restricts sale of unsafe laser pointers

New measures to be introduced in the UK include increased customs checks to ensure imported laser pointers meet laser emission safety standards- currently many of the lowest cost laser pointers available in online market places emit far more laser power than is necessary, or safe, for presentation applications and/or are incorrectly labelled as lower emitting…