Key figures



A territory with a strong business dynamic

10 000  jobs in the Cluster’s member companies
25 % of French photonics R&D
Creation of 2000 new jobs over the past 8 years
Creation of 94 start-ups in the past 10 years, with a survival rate of 90 % after 5 years

A cluster of innovators

230 members, 140 companies,
Highly innovative VSME/SMEs: 20 % of turnover dedicated to R&D, 50 % of turnover for export
Major groups as outsourcers and technology integrators: Thales, DCNS, Horiba, etc...

Innovative projects partnered and funded

480 projects partnered and expert-validated
300 projects awarded the Optitec label for a total of 550 M€
125 projects funded
130 M€ of subsidies for companies and laboratories
Around 200 experts at national and international level providing expert advice on projects

A pool of academic and research organisations of international repute

2000 researchers
Involvement of major research organisations: CEA, CNRS, INRIA, IRSTEA, IFREMER, ONERA, etc., and major universities within the territory (Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), Université Nice-Sophia-Antipolis)
Laboratories playing a role in major international programmes : ITER, EELT, Virgo, Antares

A high profile and outreach at international level

Management of European projects: EPRISE, OASIS, LightJump
Membership of European networks: Photonics 21, EPIC, Unité Photonique, etc.
Participation in major international trade fairs: Photonics West, Laser, etc.
Organisation of international prospection missions (Japan, Russia, India, South Korea, Israel...)



















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