What is Photonics & Optronics?

Glasgow’s universities have nurtured a highly skilled pool of optical and photonic engineers and scientists throughout the 20th century, laying the groundwork for the photonics industry. As a result, the city has emerged as a hub of innovative companies, both established and up-and-coming, and renowned academic centers, all supported by world-class research facilities and robust partnerships with local businesses.

Glasgow is also home to the UK’s inaugural Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, with a global network of research and technology centres, and Photonics Scotland, one of the world’s oldest national photonics organisations, further solidifying Glasgow’s leadership in this thriving sector.

Market Size

£14.5 billion
Companies manufacturing and delivering services based on photonics technology in the UK produced £14.5 billion in output

(Source: Photonics UK)

£1.2 billion
Scotland’s photonics industry is worth £1.2 bnand employs 40,000 people

(Source: Photonics Scotland)

Why Glasgow?

UK’s first

Glasgow is home to the first UK Fraunhofer research centre, the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics

Award Winning

Companies within the region have won 12 of 27 awards, from the latest round of the Innovate UK Quantum Technologies Fund

Home of Innovation

Glasgow is also home to CENSIS – the national innovation centre for sensing and imaging systems

The University of Strathclyde