In the field of Photonics, a Key Enabling Technology, Europe has a strong position in global competition. The European photonic industry takes a leading role in numerous key areas, with a market share of 20% to 40%. Regarding many application areas of photonics – light, medical technologies, life sciences, laser-based production or optical communication – an increased growth as well as greater competition are to be expected in the coming years.
The initiative aims at ensuring the leading position of the European photonic industry through a long-term investment commitment by the European Union and the industry. In order to accelerate the innovation process and the time to market, the entire value chain will be addressed.
The European Commission, photonics stakeholders of the ETP Photonics21, regional innovation clusters, Member States and end users have jointly prepared the Photonics PPP, which has been in December 2013.