The overall objective of the Photonics4Industry Partnership is to strengthen cluster management excellence, create exchange opportunities and build a sustainable pan-European strategic partnership of 5 photonics clusters in order to accelerate industrial modernisation, particularly enhancing the competitiveness of member small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The objective will be achieved by developing a joint partnership strategy, improving cluster excellence, developing new services for cluster members, promoting peer learning with ClusterXchange mobility scheme, while implementing joint business to business (B2B) and cluster to cluster (C2C) activities, including outreach to non-photonics Industry clusters, linking to EU and regional policies, including smart specialization, and increasing awareness of the new ecosystem and its digital platform.
The expected results are: (1) development of necessary skills and initiatives to explore and take up new inter-regional SME value chains and solutions related to industrial modernisation, increase competitiveness and global market access for photonics SMEs, (2) increased cluster managers capabilities to support SMEs during industrial transformation and clusters impact for industrial transformation, (3) joint service portfolio and cluster excellence building by cooperation of photonics clusters extended to outreach Industry clusters and other stakeholders.
Photonics4Industry will deliver at least 100 cluster exchanges via ClusterXchange scheme in at least 5 European countries. At least 12 consortia staff members will enhance cluster management skills and at least 250 SMEs will benefit from at least 20 new individual and joint services developed during the project. Cooperation agreements will be signed with at least 2 external non-photonics Industry clusters and with at least 5 established innovation networks. 1000 SMEs will be reached by project communication.
Photonics4Industry partner clusters:
- Photonics Austria
- Photonics Bretagne (France)
- Photonics BW (Germany)
- Photonics Finland
- Visoriai Information Technology Park – Toolas cluster (Lithuania)
The main tasks of Photonics Austria are to develop and support national and international research strategies and programs and to promote networking with European photonic activities, as well as to offer national actors an exchange platform. Photonics Austria is mainly active in the application fields of industry, ICT, smart Lighting, life science, mobility, agriculture and quantum technologies.
Key competences: Research, Networking, Innovation, Knowledge Transfer, Public Relations, Laser production technologies, LED & Lighting technologies, Optical communication, Quantum technologies, Optical sensors, Imaging systems
Photonics Bretagne carries out technology transfer, supports innovation and contributes to industrial development of its members and regional SMEs by promoting the integration of photonics technologies in applications sectors (agrifood, agriculture, medical, industry, defence/security…).
Key competences: Custom optical fibres such as microstructured (Airclad, Nonlinear PCF, Hollow-core, endlessly single-mode…), multicore, few mode, active VLMA and components: silica capillaries, stress rods, Fan-in/Fan-out, fibre tapers … (product line: PERFOS®). Scientific studies and proof of concept in the field of biophotonics (in particular for the Agrifood sector) are also a growing activity.
Photonics BW acts as a cross-industry platform for intensive professional exchange on photonics and quantum technologies. The innovation network is open to all companies as well as research and educational institutions with a connection to optical technologies – both as manufacturers and users.
Key competences: Laser Material Processing, Optical Metrology and Image Processing, Optical-Design and Simulation, Optical Communication, Photonics in Medicine and Biotechnology, Illumination- and Display technologies, Solar Technology, Hyperspectral Imaging, Quantum Technologies
Photonics Finland is a technology-oriented association and cluster that drives the photonics industry and academia in Finland by connecting Finnish photonics companies, universities, research institutes, professionals, students, and public authorities. It is the single point of contact for photonics ecosystem in Finland.
Key competences: Knowledge Transfer, Networking, Events & Exhibitions, Innovation, Public Relations, Optical Sensing and Imaging, Micro- and Nanophotonics, Lasers and Fiber Optics, VR, AR, MR and XR.
Visoriai IT Park – TOOLAS cluster
TOOLAS cluster focuses on advanced laser micromachining solutions, starting from individual parts, continuing with software development, and finishing with micromachining equipment production. Cluster goal is to develop an infrastructure where pooling members competences, resources, and R&D activities lead towards new technological solutions, accelerate mutual growth, and generate additional value to the customers.
Key competences: Laser processing systems, Ultrafast laser processing, Optomechanical engineering, Customized optical systems, Metrology and quality assurance.
Caroline Amiot, Project Manager
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