UK opto-electronics R&D groups join forces

8 January 2003 -- British opto-electronics research and development groups Midlands Photonics Cluster and the UK Laser and Electro-Optics Association (UKLEO) have joined forces, integrating all members of the UKLEO into a single Photonics Cluster.

8 January 2003 -- British opto-electronics research and development groups Midlands Photonics Cluster and the UK Laser and Electro-Optics Association (UKLEO) have joined forces, integrating all members of the UKLEO into a single Photonics Cluster.

The partners say the merger will provide excellent opportunities for respective members to work together to create a stronger single UK-wide business network for companies within the opto-electronics and photonics sectors.

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 have led to the need for a national organisation much sooner than the members envisaged.

Glenn Barrowman, Midlands Photonics Cluster Manager, said: "There is a total commitment to the continued expansion of the Photonics Cluster, which will see the inclusion of English laser manufacturers, distributors and relevant academic institutions."

"The further integration of the cluster into defence, automotive, aerospace and healthcare sectors is a priority for the newly amalgamated Photonics Cluster, as well as the development of overseas networks for our membership."

Mike Elliot, UKLEO Council Member and Managing Director of Elliot Scientific, added, "Both organisations shared the aspiration to bring real commercial value to its members so a merger was the logical conclusion to the talks undertaken between the groups."

The merger brings together companies such as Coherent (UK) Ltd, Elliot Scientific, Fuji Film Electronic Publishing, Lambda Photometrics Ltd TRW Conekt and Davin Group together.

For more information visit www.midlandsphotonicscluster.org

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