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Strategy for success

The UK government's Department of Trade and Industry has developed a UK Photonics Strategy. Nick Morris attended the launch

In mid-July the UK government's Department of Trade and Industry launched the UK Photonics Strategy. According to a report released at the launch, titled Photonics: A UK Strategy for success - Painting a bright future, the initiative aims to co-ordinate a coherent national strategy for developing and exploiting photonics and optoelectronics in the UK. The report was put together over a series of consultation events, workshops, and interviews with companies held during the previous year. The report highlights five possible areas for growth of the UK photonics industry: communications; life sciences; security; lighting and energy; and industry.