National Security and Infrastructure Investment review

Significant changes have been proposed to the government power to intervene and examine M&A and foreign direct investment in business with > £1 million turnover (reduced from £70m) irrespective of their share of the UK market.  These measures would apply to companies supplying dual use or military items listed on the strategic export list –…

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Photonics Grand Challenges

Photonics continues to develop rapidly,  driven by diversification into new applications and rapid expansion of existing applications.  This presents the industry, in the UK,  with a number of challenges.  The PLG are currently capturing and summarising these challenges and what actions may have a transformative impact on them and the industry. The current draft of…

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Industry Strategy Feedback

The UK’s new industry strategy is now published.  Whilst, the 10 pillars of the strategy will support continued development of photonics, the vital role of enabling technologies, such as photonics, that provide the competitive edge in product performance, and manufacturing productivity needs to be fully recognised.  Less than 5% of the value of high technology…

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Industry Strategy Photonics potential

The Photonics Leadership Group welcomes the publication of UK Industry Strategy and looks forward to developing a sector deal for photonics and light based technologies with UK government that addresses needs of both UK photonics industry and the huge range of firms enabled by photonics. The priority given in the strategy to industries, such as photonics,…

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UK infrared and broadband imaging supply chain

New multiband imaging chips offer the potenital for lightweight simultaneious imaging from LWIR thermal range to the visible spectrum.  However, operational systems also need simultanous break throughs in optical matierals, coatings, electroincs, image processing and system design.  Advances in all of these are taking place in the UK, but lack of ‘visibility’, coordination and ‘focus’…

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UK Photonics Future Growth

The major opportunities for future growth within the UK photonics sector are identified within this draft report – PLG_UK_Photonics_Future_growth_Jan2014draft. The report highlights area where the UK can be an international leader in significant markets and what should be done to maximise these opportunities.  This report acts as a guide for developing and reaffirming business and…

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Plastic electronics –UK opportunities and actions

Future UK opportunity Supporting UK core strength / justification Action (s) required Plastic electronics (PE)* enables circuits and devices to be printed or deposited onto a range of surfaces. This is leading to a whole new generation of innovative products and applications that need large areas and/or flexibility for market sectors such as automotive, healthcare,…

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UK Photonics Brochure

ESPKTN would also very much welcome your comments on their Photonics Brochure aimed at getting the general public excited about photonics.  Comments minor modifications and tweaks are welcom.  Please add notes to the PDF and return to anke.lohmann@espktn.org or comment below. The request to replace term ‘Lifescience’ with ‘Healthcare’ has been acknowledged, but they have…

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