Association Française de l'Optique launches photonics event

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The Association Française de l'Optique (AFOP) has launched an all-new industry event dedicated to the optics and photonics sectors. The first edition of Photon Recherche Industrie (PRI) will be held in Reims France on 18-19 November 2009 in conjunction with the annual Club CMOI and Fluvisu events, which equally coincide with the annual meeting of the Société Française de l’Optique (French Optical Society – SFO).

'PRI is the idea born from a series of meetings between French optics and photonics industrials who saw the necessity for an event truly dedicated to their industry,' noted Samuel Bucourt, president of the AFOP. He continues: 'In order to best respond to the needs of our industry, the yearly event will coincide with the annual meeting of the SFO, alternating yearly between Paris and Province.'

PRI brings a new dimension to industry events by offering exhibitors the opportunity to participate as partners by adhering to the 'Pack Communication'. Partners benefit from enhanced exposure with their logos on the event's marketing materials and a virtual boutique on the PRI website.

The event has already drawn significant support from the French optics photonics community. Currently, the event counts BFi Optilas, Elucido Partners, Horiba Scientific, IDIL Fibres Optiques, Imagine Optic, Optique J. Fichou, Optomask, Optoprim, Quantel, Route de Lasers (a renowned optics cluster located in Aquitaine), and SphereOptics.

The event will be held at the easily accessible Reims Centre de Congrès (45 minutes from Paris by car or train). The Centre offers 2,500m² of exhibition space, with 9 and 18m² stands available for exhibitors.