Grand Photonic Challenges

UK photonics leaders have identified four grand challenges for the industry to address over the next 5 to 10 years. Delivering Internet 5.0, where data delivery is ubiquitous, invisible and instantaneous to all people and all factories, no matter where they are or what they are doing. I5_0 will break the link between digital demand…

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Photonics Landscape

Who is doing what, where? The interactive photonics landscape tool from the Knowledge Transfer Network shows where many UK photonics companies are located and which markets/applications they are focused on.  Searchable by region and application, this tool gives insights into the breadth of applications addressed by UK photonics and distribution of companies around the UK….

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Opportunites in UK Datacentre Equipment

The Big UK Data Equipment Opportunity report highlights UK capabilities and key players within this important growth area, with a focus specifically on the financial sector. The past decade has seen a move from the physical trading floor to the anonymous data centre, populated with generic imported equipment. The next decade will see these systems…

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Photonics Skills development

The UK Photonics industry continues to grow rapidly at 6-8% per year. To support this growth in the long term needs a growing photonics skilled/aware work force at all levels from senior management to the manufacturing floor. The following summarises a number of schemes that are in place to increase the supply of the photonics…

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TSB and EPSRC funded projects

Ever wanted to know what projects the Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC fund in photonics. Fully searchable databases of past and current projects, with partners and level of support can be found at EPSRC Grants on the web Search by topic of your choice- topics, sector, university researcher current and past portfolio Or see EPSRC…

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Guide for registering as an EU expert

The PLG is pleased to make available this handy Guide for registering as an EU expert designed to assist anyone attempting to register as an EU expert, particularly those from the photonics sector. WHY BOTHER The European Commission is looking for experts specifically for Horizon 2020 “Industrial Leadership – Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies”…

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Review of CIOE China International Optoelectronic Expo

PLG Chief executive John Lincoln recently supported UKTI inward investment team at the China International Optoelectronics Exposition (CIOE) in Shenzhen 4-7 September 2013.   Those interested in understanding the dynamics of this major CHinese photonics exhibition may find the following observations useful. Observations on CIOE This is large exhibition covering 100,000 sq meters with 3,200 exhibitors…

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Connecting Great and Enabling Technologies

Isn’t every great technology an enabling technology? Superficially yes, but these terms are being used by support agencies, government and the European Commission to describe, in some cases, quite different areas of technology which will be the focus of significant targeted support and funding. To maximise synergises between different technologies, industries and economic support from…

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