The optoelectronics and photonics industry is a broad and rapidly growing sector that encompasses the development and manufacturing of devices and systems that interact with, transmit and process light.
The industry is an essential part of the global economy and involved in a broad range of sectors including telecommunications, data communications, consumer electronics, displays, manufacturing, healthcare, and monitoring.
As a reflection of the significance of these sectors, the UK and European optoelectronics and photonics industry is also benefiting from government initiatives and investments. For example, the UK government has launched the Photonics Leadership Group (PLG), and the European Commission is investing in the industry development through the Horizon Europe programme. Companies are also heavily investing in commercialising emerging technologies to develop more efficient, reliable, and affordable optoelectronic and photonic devices.
Overall, the outlook for the optoelectronics and photonics industry in the UK and Europe is very positive. The industry is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, driven by increasing demand from key end-user industries, government support, and technological innovation.
PI-KEM’s Optoelectronics and Photonics team supports researchers from those starting out on their academic journey to those with responsibility for whole teams or for taking products to market, ensuring we maintain our wide network of suppliers who can provide the novel materials required for their projects to maintain momentum.