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Vector Photonics presents capabilities of Scotland's photonics cluster to UK Government at Photonex

This year at SPIE Photonex, currently underway in Birmingham, UK, Vector Photonics will be presenting the prototype supply chain capabilities of Scotland's photonics cluster to the UK Government.

The presentation is a ‘Special Event’ within the exhibition’s industrial programme entitled, ‘Enabling photonics with UK semiconductor technologies.’

It will look at the UK’s compound semiconductor landscape in all four nations, and will be attended by Robert Fleck, Semiconductor Strategy Lead at the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Wyn Meredith, of The Compound Semiconductor Centre, will chair the event with guest presenters Euan Livingston of Vector Photonics (representing Scotland’s photonics cluster); Martin McHugh, of the CSA Catapult covering England; Chris Meadows of CS Connected, standing for Wales; and Mark Gubbins of Seagate summarising Northern Ireland.

Euan Livingston, Sales and Marketing Director at Vector Photonics, said: “Prototype, compound semiconductor lasers can be made entirely within the Scottish photonics cluster. It is a unique capability in the world, let alone the UK, provided by a group of competitive, established, profitable, independent and world-class businesses. It is a privilege to represent these businesses to government and suggest that targeted funding could help establish Alpha and Beta supply chains too. This would secure Scotland’s and the UK’s positions as world-leaders in compound semiconductor laser development and production. It brings with it, high gross value added (GVA) jobs; increased GDP; a support ecosystem derived from UK expertise; and a sovereign capability.”


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