The Photonics Forum of the German Engineering Association (VDMA) has appointed four new members from the field of optical technologies to its steering committee. The expansion provides the steering committee with an even broader technological basis in order to support the practically focused work of the forum.
The members were appointed at the biannual meeting of the VDMA photonics steering committee. The expansion is designed to better reflect the different photonics sub-sectors – including laser material processing, image processing and measuring technology, photovoltaic production resources, electronics production and micro-engineering – and to create a truly representative committee.
The VDMA photonics forum is made up of members from more than 500 companies and research institutions along the entire value creation chain, and around 400 members are primarily active in the field of photonics. The steering committee defines the work programme and the strategic direction of the forum and contributes industrial expertise. The aim is to bundle the interests of the various photonics sectors and to achieve a strong business and scientific-political positioning of the key technology of photonics in the public eye.
'We are pleased that the successful integration of additional experts provides the steering committee with an even broader technological basis. This enables us to map out our radius of activity with an even stronger practical focus,' says Gerhard Hein, head of the VDMA Photonics Forum.
The new members of the steering committee are: Bernd Lange (LPKF Laser and Electronics AG), Dr Armin Renneisen (Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH), Dr Eric Rüland (ISRA Vision AG) and Professor Dr Wolfgang Schmutz (ACI AG).