In a major step toward consolidating the UK's position in opto-electronics, the Midlands Photonics Cluster and the UK Laser and Electro-Optics Association (UKLEO) have joined forces, integrating all members of the UKLEO into one unified Photonics Cluster.
The merger will provide opportunities for respective members to work together to create a stronger single UK-wide business network for companies within the Opto-Electronics and Photonics sector.
The Photonics Cluster (previously Midlands Photonics Cluster), based at Aston Science Park near Birmingham, was created to offer a focal point for photonics companies and academic institutions within the Midlands. Its success and growth led to the need for a national organization much sooner than was originally envisaged.
"There is a total commitment to the continued expansion of the Photonics Cluster, which will see the inclusion of the remaining English laser manufacturers, distributors, and relevant academic institutions," explains Glenn Barrowman, Midlands Photonics cluster manager.
"The further integration of the cluster into defense, automotive, aerospace, and healthcare sectors is a priority for the newly amalgamated Photonics Cluster," he adds, "as well as the development of overseas networks for our membership."
The merger has already brought fifty nationally recognized companies such as Coherent (UK) Ltd, Elliot Scientific, Fuji Film Electronic Publishing, Lambda Photometrics Ltd., TRW Conekt, and Davin Group together.