Photonics Enabling Productivity Throughout the UK

UK Photonics

UK Photonics

A £13.5bn industry employing over 69,000 people in the UK

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Who are the PLG?

Who are the PLG?

The PLG is a voluntary collective of photonics industry and academic leaders

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Future Challenges

Future Challenges

Four key challanges that will be address by photonics innovation

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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…

Do you have a project/work experience for a physics or maths undergraduate or PhD student

SEPnet (South East Physics Network) is calling for ideas and propsoals from companies for Summer placements in 2020. SEPnet organises an annual summer placement scheme for physics and maths students at Hertfordshire, Kent, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey, Sussex and Open University universities. For summer 2020, SEPnet is seeking 8-week plus projects in…

British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics opens Wednesday

The second edition of BICOP opens on Wednesday highlighting advances in Optical and Quantum communications along with Lasers, Interconnects, Sensors and Photonics manufacturing. Prof. Sir David Payne and Prof. Sir Peter Knight, will deliver the keynote addresses on Wednesday and Thursday with the latest insights on ‘Devices, Datacom and Data’ and ‘Progress with Photonics-enabled Quantum…

The Road to 2.4 per cent

The PLG welcomes a new report from the King’s College London’s Policy Institute by David Willetts, former Minister of State for Universities and Science on “The Road to 2.4%” -the target for the fraction of GDP invested in science and research . The report makes a clear case for increasing support for enabing technologies (such…

Photonics features strongly at the 2019 IOP annual awards

The Institute of Physics 2019 awards presented on 18 November recognised outstanding contributions in many areas of photonics including: Professor Donna Stickland, University of Waterloo- Honary Fellowship for her pioneering method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. Matoha Instrumentation – Business Start-Up Award for the development of a low-cost small-scale infrared materials identification and analysis…