The President’s Editorial
After 13 years of existence, the OPTITEC Competitiveness Cluster is today a widely recognised photonics cluster and the driver of the photonics sector in the south of France. Bringing together highly innovative SMEs, major photonics-integrating industrial groups and leading academic partners, the Cluster has generated a strong dynamic of joint R&D projects and the development of new services and innovative products.
In the coming years, the Cluster’s aim is to provide essential leverage for the creation of value in the photonics sector, via the transformation of R&D into business and industrial opportunities for companies. Identified as Key Enabling Technologies by the European Commission, the world photonics market has seen a 10 % annual growth rate, driven by far-ranging applications sectors. The Cluster’s actions and its high profile at European level should enable the territory’s companies to optimise their access to European and international markets.