Securing the Future for European Photonics

Roberta Ramponi and Giorgio Anania

Photonics21 executive board members Roberta Ramponi and Giorgio Anania speak to the importance of academic and industrial collaboration.

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Today, the global market for photonic applications has grown to €450 billion, and has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. The photonics sector has become a highly competitive market, as nearly all global leading technological industries have integrated photonics into their products in some way. Leading economies throughout the world are investing heavily in photonics: from 2014 to 2020, public funding for photonics in South Asia (China, South Korea and Japan) will double to some €4.2 billion. In the United States, the decision several years ago by the Obama administration to invest in next-generation photonics manufacturing facilities is fostering unprecedented innovation in digital industries.

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