Photonics views on future trade agreements to Gov by Friday 26 Oct.

The Department for International Trade are soliciting views, especially from SMEs, on possible future UK trade agreements with USA, Australia New Zeeland and CPTPP (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) by Friday 26 October at https://consultations.trade.gov.uk.  Key questions include:- What do you stand to gain from free trade…

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UK ElecTech Sector’s Roadmap Workshop

Innovate UK together with BEIS and the ElecTech Council will be running a Roadmap workshop on the 3rd July 2018 in central London and are looking to invite 40-50 experts with specialist knowledge across : Electronic components and systems Photonics Sensor and Sensor Systems Large Area Electronics Register interest to attend and contribute The aim…

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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…

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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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