Who are we?

Regional distribution of organisations who regularly provide input into the PLG

Regional distribution of organisations who regularly provide input into the PLG

The Photonics Leadership Group collects and disseminates input from the full spectrum of UK photonics industry to provide expert informed guidance to government, support agencies, users and developers of photonics to highlight opportunities for maximising the growth and adoption of this key enabling technology.

Representatives from over 63 organisations are actively engaged with the PLG from across the UK.  Participating companies are directly responsible for more than 22% of UK Photonics industry turnover and employment. The engagement of additional regional clusters and associations ensures even wider representation. All the major UK innovation and business support agencies are engaged and value the output and discussions from the PLG.

Details of all the PLG’s ongoing and past value-added activities from submissions to government consultations, Westminster showcases, surveys and reports on industry size are available.

PLG Committee- elected annually

Getting involved

The PLG welcomes input from industry leaders from across the full spectrum of those developing and applying photonics in the UK, from researchers to component suppliers to integrated system manufacturers.

If you are interested in becoming a regular stakeholder, attending ~3  meetings per year and reviewing PLG recommendations and outputs, please contact us.  Stakeholders are asked for a voluntary annual contribution to offset the costs of operating the PLG, although no one is excluded if they are unable to contribute.

Each PLG meeting is attended by 25-30 people from the following pool of organisations with 50-60% of those attending every meeting being senior managers at UK manufacturers based throughout the country.  We are grateful to everyone who has contributed their time to championing the cause of photonics in the UK and provided venues time and support to the group.

Regular PLG participants

AILUM Squared Laser
AlradNational Healthcare Photonics Centre
Anchored InOclaro
ArqitOptiC Technology Centre
Artemis OpticalOptical Society of America (OSA)
Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
BAE systemsOxford Lasers
Central Laser FacilityPure LiFi
CIP HuaweiQinetiQ
Coherent Scotland
Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)Resolute Photonics
Compound Semiconductor Applications CatapultSeagate
Compound Semiconductor CentreSharp Labs Europe
Sivers Semiconductors (CST Global) SPIE
Edmund OpticsSTFC/Central Laser Facility
EPSRCTechnology Scotland /Photonics Scotland
EW Simulation TechnologyThales UK
Fraunhofer UKThorlabs
Grounded InnovationTWI
Glass Technology ServicesUCL
HarlinUK Industrial Vision Association
Heriot-Watt UniversityUniversity of Aston
Innovate UK
II-VI SemiconductorsUniversity of Exeter
Indigo ConsultingUniversity of Oxford
IPG PhotonicsUniversity of Sheffield
IQEUniversity of Southampton
Knowledge Transfer NetworkUniversity of Strathclyde
Lein DiagnosticsVitritech
LeonardoWelsh Optoelectronics Forum

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