The launch of the strategic review report on optics-based activity throughout the UK by the Department of Trade & Industry acknowledged the strength of technical innovation in the UK and highlighted the strong growth that is predicted for photonics products worldwide.
"The UK has excellent research credentials in photonics, but it lacks a coherent and co-ordinated strategy for developing and applying the technology," said Ian Vance, chair of the strategy group, at a launch event in London on 13 July. One new initiative to address his problem is the formation of a Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (PKTN), which was also launched at the event.
Other key recommendations include:
For more information see "UK photonics strategy seeks commercial success" in the business section of the July 2006 Opto Laser Europe electronics magazine at http://optics.org.