Photonics needs EU support to double, says industry body

Photonics needs EU support to double, says industry body

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By Peter Clarke

The Photonics21 Association, the industry partnership that was the contractual partner in the public-private partnership (PPP) that worked on Horizon2020, wants to see its continued existence in the next decade with a double support budget.

It has prepared a position paper that argues that if the European Commission plays its part and renews the PPP with doubled funding the photonics industry will invest a figure of “up to €100 billion” in research and innovation over the course of the next scientific research initiative.

The qualifier “up to” includes all numbers below the figure in the question – including zero and the negative numbers.

The paper argues that photonics represents a future beyond electronics and could be vital for such emerging digital technologies as artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, quantum communication, quantum computing and so on.

It also argues that a figure of the order of €100 billion needs to be spent over the seven-year period to help European remain competitive with China, South Korea and North America.

The paper argues the move is essential for the digital transformation based on deep technologies, and for Europe to remain competitive in the face of ambitious funding for photonics from China, South Korea and America.

“We firmly believe that Europe needs to become more ambitious now and match the aspiring investments from other regions of the world in deep technologies to stay competitive,” said Bernd Schulte, vice president of Photonics21, in a statement. “The photonics industry is willing to team up with the European Commission and jointly invest in the future of Europe.”

Photonics21 vice president Giorgio Anania said: “We have already demonstrated that every one euro invested by the European Commission is leveraged by five euros from Photonics SMEs.”

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