30 of top influencers in UK photonics at packed PLG meeting

30 of UK’s top photonics industry and academic leaders were joined by representatives from BEIS, Innovate, the KTN and Carol Monaghan, MP to hear and debate latest challenges and opportunities for UK photonics. Kindly hosted by IP firm Keltie, PLG stakeholders also received insights on the UK patent landscape around autonomous vehicle sensing and LIDAR

Photonic sensors – the missing link in autonomous vehicles

Photonic sensor will be the eyes, ears and nose of driverless vehicles. The thousands of miles driven by demonstration vehicles show the AI algorithms are ready for the streets, major investment is going into battery and motor technology to make the next generation of vehicles clean.  But driverless vehicles cannot leave the parking lot unless…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Opportunities for UK photonics in 2018 after 350 years of innovation

The Grand Challenges for UK photonics to be addressed in 2018 are highlighted by PLG Chief Executive, John Lincoln in the 50th anniversary edition of Electro-Optics discussing current and future industry trends. It has been 350 years since Sir Issac Newton developed the reflecting telescope in the UK and our capacity for applying photonics innovation…

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UK Networking and Pavilion Reception at Photonics West

The KTN and PLG has worked with Department for International Trade to support UK companies going to Photonics West in 2018.  The KTN have created a matchmaking tool specifically for the event which will allow UK companies to contact participating US companies, book meetings, make your outreach smoother and connect you with more buyers.  It’s…

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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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