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SAVE THE DATE: Optics and Photonics Days 2022, 6. – 8. September 2022, Tampere, Finland

The annual Photonics Finland Main Event, Optics and Photonics Days (OPD) 2022 will be held 6. – 8. September 2022 in Tampere, Finland!

OPD offers a unique opportunity to learn from interesting presentations, network with companies, students and researchers in the field of photonics and optics, but also to explore products and services in Exhibition that is held during the conference.

Also there is a lot of other activity such as Networking Dinner, Job Fair, Nordic Photonics meeting, PREIN flagship networking event, Photonics Finland annual meeting, Women in Optics and Photonics event and also Poster- and Pitch sessions.

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Photonics West 2023 – Photonics Finland Pavilion

Photonics West 2023 – Photonics Finland Pavilion companies



Photonics West 2023
 will be arranged in Moscone Center, San Francisco 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2023. Photonics Finland organizes the Finnish Pavilion to the exhibition and for many Photonics Finland member companies this is one of the key exhibitions.

Photonics Finland Pavilion is now assigned in Hall F, Booth #4429. In Photonics West the Exhibitor place assignments are based on the points system (long time exhibitors choose first that has the most points).

Registered Photonics West 2023 – Photonics Finland Pavilion companies

For more information please contact Tuukka.pakarinen@photonics.fi or call +358 50 313 5930. 

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Comptek Solutions raises significant funding from European Innovation Council


Photonics Finland member Comptek Solutions has been selected for funding within the Accelerator Programme by The European Innovation Council. The funding consists of two parts. The grant amount as a maximum is EUR 2.5 million and the capital component will be EUR 0.5-15 million in the form of a direct investment, a capital loan or a guarantee.

Comptek Solutions is the expert in III-V compound semiconductor quantum surface engineering. The funding will allow to accelerate the development and implementation of the company novel semiconductor passivation process, Kontrox, to customer production lines and enable business scale-up.

Following a rigorous selection process involving an idea screening stage, full application assessment by external experts and an interview with a jury of experienced investors and entrepreneurs, Comptek Solutions has been selected among the 99 European companies to be funded by the EIC to help them bring their promising technologies to the market.

www.comptek-solutions.com
Comptek Solutions on LinkedIn
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Photonics West 2022 – Back in business!

After skipping one year Photonics Finland member companies were finally able to join in a sunny San Francisco to once again organize together Photonics Finland Pavilion at the Photonics West Exhibition (25 – 27 January 2022) – The main photonics exhibition globally! This year the pandemic was still casting its shadow to the event which had some effect for the amount of attendees but despite that, all the visitors that showed up – meant business!

From Photonics Finland perspective and based on Pavilion companies feedback it was very clear that this was a very good start towards the “normal”. As one of the Photonics Finland pavilion company mentioned, many important discussions were already made before the event, but Photonics West was really the place to have face-to-face meeting in order to seal the deal. So Photonics West 2022 made really possible to get back in business! All Photonics Finland Pavilion companies from 2021 are already looking forward for Photonics West 2023 which will be booming!

Registered Attendance for SPIE Photonics West, BiOS Expo, and AR|VR|MR 2022:  10,119

Technical Attendees:  3,263
Exhibition Visitors:  2,905
Exhibition Booth Staff:  3,951
Number of exhibiting companies:  950

Photonics West 2022 – Photonics Finland Pavilion companies

Photonics Finland Pavilion is ready for Photonics West 2022!
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Photonics Finland member Emberion raises €6 million to accelerate the growth of its infrared imaging business

Emberion offers leading-edge VIS-SWIR cameras with a broad spectral range at a competitive cost to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding global machine vision and surveillance markets. 

Emberion, a leader in the development of high-performance short-wave infrared (SWIR) imaging using nanomaterials, has raised €6 million in funding from Nidoco AB, Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment Ltd) and Verso Capital.

“We are disrupting multiple imaging markets by extending the wavelength range at a significantly more affordable cost. Our revolutionary sensor is designed to meet the needs of even the most challenging machine vision applications, such as plastic sorting. We look forward to helping customers access new information at infrared wavelengths, thereby critically enhancing their applications beyond today’s capabilities”, said Jyrki Rosenberg, CEO, Emberion.

”We have created a new generation of image sensors using nanomaterials. Our high-performance industrial cameras can increase efficiency and reduce the loss of resources in many industrial processes. We innovate at all levels of camera design: nanomaterials, integrated circuit design, electronics, photonics and software. We are now stepping forward to expand our capacity to manufacture”, commented Tapani Ryhänen, CTO.

With patent-protected nanotechnology innovations, Emberion has built visible to short-wavelength (VIS-SWIR) cameras using the in-house developed sensors that provide superior responsivity with low noise and high dynamic range over a broad spectral range, from visible (400 nm) to short-wave infrared (SWIR, 2000 nm) wavelengths.

“We are appreciative of the high interest and trust towards our technology from investors and customers. With this funding, our next step is to increase our production capacity to be able to serve our customers’ needs. We will also intensify our efforts to further develop mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and broadband solutions to expand our offerings and to enhance the capabilities of our current VIS-SWIR product line”, added Rosenberg.

https://www.emberion.com/

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Meet Photonics Finland Pavilion companies at Photonics West 2022 – Booth #4713

Photonics Finland with its companies will be joining to Photonics West 2022 – One of the most important photonics events and exhibitions globally. Photonics West Exhibition will be held 25 – 27 January 2022 in San Francisco, USA.

Meet Photonics Finland companies at Photonics West 2022! Photonics Finland Pavilion NEW LOCATION #4713 in Main Hallway – Near Hall F entrance. So you can’t miss us!

Photonics Finland Pavilion companies

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Photonics Finland plan for 2022

For 2022 there are various of Photonics Finland events and actions planned: 

  • National photonics industry survey – Upcoming in March 2022!
  • Events in Finland
    • SuomiAreena (11. – 15.7.2022 in Pori, Finland): Photonics Finland & PREIN will organize photonics panel discussion 13.7.2022.
    • Optics and Photonics Days – 6. – 8. September 2022 in Tampere, Finland
    • Forest&Photonics – 9&10. November 2022
    • Photonics Month – November 2022
  • Photonics Finland Exhibitions
    • Photonics West Exhibition, 25 – 27 January 2022.
    • Laser World of Photonics, 26 – 29 April, 2022.
  • Photonics Finland Webinars (preliminary plan):  
    • Photonics for funding
    • Photonics for IPR
    • Photonics for Healthcare / Medical
    • Women in photonics
    • Photonics communications + Photonics photo competition  
    • Photonics Jobs (companies, students)
    • PhotonHub project: Photonics End Users 
  • Photonics Finland Member-city visits (4 cities TBA)
  • Photonics Finland Teams meetings
  • Photonics Finland Baltic visit – June 2022
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Photonics Finland Membership fees for 2022

Photonics Finland Autumn meeting was held 1.12.2021 during Optics & Photonics Days 2021 in Turku. One of the main decisions was that Photonics Finland company- and societal membership fees will be updated starting from year 2022. 

Corporate member fee categories for 2022

Company size 0 – 3 employees 150 EUR

Company size 4 – 10 employees 333 EUR

Company size 11 – 50 employees 400 EUR

Company size 51 – 250 employees 500 EUR

Company size over 250 employees 600 EUR

Societal member fee for 2022

Societal member 450 EUR

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PF News: New employee, Plans for 2022, Membership fee update

Photonics Finland is happy to inform that Caroline Amiot has started 1.12.2021 as a Project Manager in Photonics Finland!

Caroline Amiot is from Besançon, France where she studied Photonics at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté. During her studies, she visited Newcastle, UK and Tampere, Finland where she did her master thesis on the generation of broadband sources. She continued her studies with a co-supervised PhD between France and Finland and got her double doctorate in 2018 from Tampere University of Technology and the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté. Her doctoral dissertation was in the field of Photonics and the topic “Novel Supercontinuum Sensing and Imaging Techniques in the Infrared”. After three years as a postdoc researcher in Tampere University and EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, Caroline decided to change career and join the team of Photonics Finland.

In Photonics Finland, Caroline will be working as a Project Manager, she will work closely with PhD Ana Gebejes on the ongoing projects and with Tuukka Pakarinen on the organization of future Photonics Finland events. 

PhD Ana Gebejes will continue as a Head of Projects in Photonics Finland as a part-time, she will also be working as a post-doc researcher in University of Eastern Finland (UEF). See all Photonics Finland office team contact details here.

Photonics Finland Autumn meeting was held 1.12.2021 during Optics & Photonics Days 2021 in Turku.

  • One of the main decisions was that Photonics Finland company- and societal membership fees will be updated starting from year 2022. 
  • Photonics Finland will check and update company membership category information / invoicing during 2022.
  • Corporate member fee categories starting from 2022
    • Company size 0 – 3 employees 150 EUR
    • Company size 4 – 10 employees 333 EUR
    • Company size 11 – 50 employees 400 EUR
    • Company size 51 – 250 employees 500 EUR
    • Company size over 250 employees 600 EUR
  • Societal member fee starting from 2022
    • Societal member 450 EUR
  • Also during 2022 there are various of events and actions planned: 
  • National photonics industry survey – Upcoming in March 2022!
  • Events in Finland
    • SuomiAreena (11. – 15.7.2022 in Pori, Finland): Photonics Finland & PREIN will organize photonics panel discussion
    • Optics and Photonics Days – September 2022 in Tampere, Finland
    • Forest&Photonics – November 2022
    • Photonics Month – November 2022
  • Photonics Finland Exhibitions
    • Photonics West 2022
    • Laser World of Photonics 2022 
  • Photonics Finland Webinars (preliminary plan):  
    • Photonics for funding
    • Photonics for IPR
    • Photonics for Healthcare / Medical
    • Women in photonics
    • Photonics communications + Photonics photo competition  
    • Photonics Jobs (companies, students)
    • PhotonHub project: Photonics End Users 
  • Photonics Finland Member-city visits (4 cities TBA)
  • Photonics Finland Teams meetings
  • Photonics Finland Baltic visit – June 2022


Photonics Finland Team wishes you all Happy Holidays and Bright New Year 2022! 

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Photonics Finland and PREIN selected to SuomiAreena 2022

Photonics Finland and PREIN has been selected to an annual public debate forum SuomiAreena which will be held in Pori, Finland in June 2022! In last summer Photonics Finland and PREIN organized SuomiAreena 2021: Light for tomorrow – Photonics tackling the global challenges -panel discussion. See the full discussion and best clips in Photonics Finland YouTube channel here.

Upcoming SuomiAreena 2022 speakers to be announced during next spring!

MEP Henna Virkkunen tells what is needed to speed up the development and use of New Technologies in EU.
Katso SuomiAreena2021: Valoa huomiseen – Fotoniikka ratkaisemassa globaaleja haasteita paneelikeskustelu.

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