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28 January 2014

Ireland's minister for research and innovation launched a €30 million Irish Photonic Integration Centre to develop and commercialise new light-enabled technologies

27 January 2014

The UK Photonics Leadership Group, which represents the UK photonics industry, has published a draft report regarding the opportunities for future growth within the UK photonics sector

17 January 2014

Two dozen aspiring entrepreneurs in photonics have been named as semi-finalists in the 2014 SPIE Startup Challenge, which will be held at Photonics West in February

17 January 2014

A leading UK manufacturer of automotive fuel systems has installed a flexible laser-based marking and inspection system from ES Technology, a company based near Oxford, UK that builds industrial laser systems

17 January 2014

The Lasers and Material Processing division of Jenoptik has sold its thermal laser separation technology to 3D-Micromac

09 January 2014

Concept Laser has opened a new R&D centre to expand testing capacity and develop specialised equipment for the company’s LaserCusing laser additive manufacturing technology. The development centre will enable Concept Laser to increase its capabilities in order to accommodate the increased global demand for generative part manufacturing.

09 January 2014

The year 2015 has been named the International Year of Light (IYL 2015) by the United Nations General Assembly. The initiative will aim to raise global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health

09 January 2014

Highyag Lasertechnologie has appointed Dr Holger Schlüter as its managing director

09 January 2014

Alphanov, the technology centre of Route des Lasers in France, is now a partner in two new European projects, demonstrating the centres' speciality in the field of laser micro-machining and production of nanoparticles by laser ablation

09 January 2014

Scientists from Bosch, Trumpf, Jena University and Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) have been awarded the 2013 German Future Prize for their collective effort in transforming the ultrashort-pulse laser into an effective series-production tool. The award honours top scientific work that shows a high level of economic potential.

28 October 2013

Jenoptik has sold a Jenoptik-Votan A laser perforating system to the Chinese company Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems (YFV), making it the 200th unit sold worldwide. YFV specialises in the manufacturing of dashboards for cars and uses Jenoptik laser systems to create predetermined breaking points for airbags.

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