PowerPhotonic Ltd, designer and manufacturer of precision, wafer-scale optics, was invited to attend the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Photonics and Quantum in Westminster, this week. The Scottish company, head-quartered outside Edinburgh, advised MPs on the important role photonics plays in UK manufacturing productivity across defence, data communications, industry, and biomedical markets.
Dr. Stephen Kidd, Head of Sales and Marketing at PowerPhotonic, said, “It was a privilege to join with other industry leaders at the APPG for Photonics and Quantum in Westminster. PowerPhotonic is well-placed to advise MPs. We are an established UK manufacturer, expanding into the US and exporting precision, wafer-scale optics around the world. This has given us first-hand experience of the global photonics industry and the UK’s significant role within it.
“Government investment helped PowerPhotonic to become a highly profitable, independent company. From a start-up in 2004, we are now recognised as a global leader, employing over 40 people. Government funding is critical to the UK remaining at the forefront of the worldwide photonics industry. It helps to fast-track projects and technological developments; mitigates risk during the early stages of business start-up; and leverages private investment.”
The APPG for Photonics and Quantum was established in 2016 by Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow Northwest, who is the current chair. It provides a forum for UK Parliament to debate and exchange knowledge with industry on the current and future impact of photonics.
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