The French Optics and Photonics industry aiming at developing further its market footprint and technology partnerships with India
An Optics and Photonics delegation of 2 French Clusters (OPTITEC and Photonics Bretagne) and 11 French companies visited Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore from the 6th to the 11th of September.
Initiated by the French Directorate General for Enterprises - Ministry of Economics, Industry and Digital Affairs and organized by Business France with the support of other services of the French Embassy and General Consulates in India (Science & Technology Service, CNES, CEA, etc.), this delegation aimed at enabling its participants to explore partnership and business opportunities with Indian research and business counterparts (technology agreements, collaboration on R&D projects, supply of specific technologies and expertise, product / process development agreements, PhD exchanges, distribution agreements, etc.). While they spent one day on Laser World of Photonics India 2015 to showcase their expertise and know-how, the French Clusters and companies mostly met with the premier Indian scientific and academic research institutions in Optics and Photonics.
The domains of excellence of the participating organizations to this French delegation in Optics and Photonics -whose details are provided on Business France India’s Blog- are wide (ultrafast lasers, supercontinuum laser sources, beam shapers, homogenizers and splitters for lasers, wavefront analyzers, flashlamps, adaptive optics, deposition printers for printed electronics, optic systems, hexapods, custom optic fibers…) as well as their domains of applications (scientific instrumentation, optics, materials, healthcare, biotechnologies, green photonics, manufacturing, electronics, astronomy, defense, aeronautics…).
Optics and Photonics: a vibrant economic and vital scientific sector in France
The French Optics and Photonics industry generated revenues of EUR 10.45 billion in 2014 and is supported by over 1,000 companies (657 industrial companies, 109 service providers, 116 distributors and over 200 integrators) which generate 50,000 direct jobs and 150,000 indirect jobs. 90% of the Optics & Photonics industry players are exporting their products, and export revenues represent over 50% of the French industry’s turnover. In addition, France is the second biggest R&D Hub in the world for Optics & Photonics with 13,000 researchers spread in 200 laboratories.
The French Optics and Photonics industry hinges on several major domains such as telecommunications (optical fibers and components, short-haul optical transmission, system and network…), healthcare and biotechnologies (photonics system for health analysis, system for medical imaging, photonics sensor, laser…), lighting (LED, OLED, photovoltaics, augmented reality), manufacturing (lasers and industrial process and state of the art production of optical system), defense, aeronautics and space, etc.