Photonics Enabling Productivity Throughout the UK

UK Photonics

UK Photonics

A £13.5bn industry employing over 69,000 people in the UK with nationally leading productivity and global industrial and societal impact

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Who are the PLG?

Who are the PLG?

The PLG is a voluntary collective of photonics industry and academic leaders nudging policy, strategy, industry and research in mutally beneficial directions

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UK Photonics Contact List

UK Photonics Contact List

Add yourself to the UK photonics community contact list to be kept informed of key information and consultations regarding photonics in the UK

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Coronavirus impact survey on UK Photonics and Acoustics industries

The PLG are requesting input to a short, 12 question, survey to gauge the impact of coronavirus restrictions on the photonics and acoustics industries. We are seeking to understand:- How many companies are still manufacturing and where you’ve encountered the biggest challenges, What’s the impact on non-manufacturers, Whether you have made use of government support…

Photonics Europe opens as an online digital Forum

Photonics Europe has been rapidly reconfigured as an online digital Forum opening Monday 6 April. Over 700 recorded presentations, 500 manuscripts and 4 plenaries will be available Free to the photonics community. Authors can be questioned and content discussed through the digital forum. Adapting to the current almost global lockdown, moving to a digital format…

Urgent DASA challange on rapid sanitising of ambulances

The Defence and Security Accelerator has just launched a challange around the rapid sanitising of ambulances that have carried suspected COVID-19 patients. The challenge is aiming to test and demonstrate new technologies capable of cleaning the inside of ambulances in under 45 minutes (the current benchmark). DASA have £500k to fund multiple projects, but timelines are naturally…

COVID-19: support for businesses- expanded to include £1.25bn for businesses driving innovation

If you are not recieving the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS full details of the latest support for business, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are available on-line and being updated daily The Business Support website now hosts an archive of all previous Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletins from…

UK Photonics industry 2020 survey

The £13.5 billion UK photonics industry employs 69,000 people producing products exported throughout the world. The industry is characterised by global exports, with the UK’s leading reputation in photonics exemplified by the many companies who export almost everything they manufacture. But exactly what fraction of the industry outputs overall are exported, to where? Delivering the…

Distribution of UK photonics productivity

Productivity accross UK Photonics

The UK photonics industry has an average productivity, measured in gross value added to the economy per photonics employee of £76,400. As published in 2019, this is 14% higher than the average productivity in UK manufacturing. But how do different firms compare? The latest analysis of data by the PLG shows the distribution of productivity…

Government call for Ventilator manufacturing support

The government looking for businesses who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of the response to COVID-19. They are looking for businesses with the following skills: design/specification rapid prototyping contract/product assembly certification/regulation/testing etc Laser based materials processing, cutting, welding and marking and additive manufacturing may be…