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“The future has never looked brighter for photonics technologies.
The industry at once has become truly global and vigorously regional, with photonics
producers and consumers in Europe playing an increasingly pivotal role in its rapid
expansion.” With those words Laurin Publishing launched EuroPhotonics 15 years
As the industry has grown and thrived, EuroPhotonics has published
the region’s top stories, delivering news and features in more than a decade
of stand-alone print issues and, recently, issues-within-issues inside Photonics
Spectra, as well as online at Photonics.com. Despite changing times and formats,
our interest in and commitment to covering photonics research, manufacturing and
applications in Europe, as well as acknowledgment of the region’s importance
to the global photonics industry, remain constant.
Today, as European nations fight their way back from the trauma
of widespread recession, the “truly global and vigorously regional”
photonics industry finds itself at the center of high-level European Commission
discussions focused on growing innovation and industry across Europe. In an article
in this issue, Thomas P. Pearsall of the European Photonics Industry Consortium
explains where photonics fits in with the other designated key enabling technologies
thought to be indispensable for the delivery of smart, sustainable and inclusive
European growth. Those technologies are photonics, nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics,
advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing systems.
“Sustainable and profitable manufacturing in Europe is a
condition for continued investment in education, research and development,”
Pearsall says in the article “Key Enabling Technologies for Growth,”
beginning on page 18. “There also is strategic importance based on innovation.
Without strong support for discovery and innovation, there can be no strong added-value
production, only low-cost mass manufacturing.”
Also in this issue, we feature an article on the multidisciplinary
efforts combining physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, informatics and medicine
for the development and application of optical techniques and tools for biomedical
imaging, diagnostics and therapy. Find details in “ECBO Promotes Advances in Biomedical Optics,” by Christoph K. Hitzenberger of the Medical University
of Vienna, beginning on page 26.
New concepts in the design and construction of structural elements
in automobiles can save weight, time, cost and installation space, according to
an article by Dr. Rüdiger Brockmann and Peter Kaupp of Trumpf Laser-und-Systemtechnik.
Read how the use of profiles, single-sided laser joining and interlocking connectors
leads to simpler construction techniques in “From Flange to Butt Joint: Lasers in Auto Production,” beginning on page 22.
From Israel and France, we bring you a report called “Could ‘floatovoltaics’ solve the land space debate?,” in which UK-based
contributing editor Marie Freebody describes the work of Yossi Fisher, CEO of Solaris
Synergy. He believes in the potential for leveraging untapped water surfaces to
deploy the first floating solar power plants. Read the article beginning on page
The world today is different even from the one we all shared just
15 years ago, but an indisputable constant is the regular and important contributions
to the global photonics industry that first came to light on the European continent.
As the pace of change continues to accelerate, and new information bombards us from
every direction, it is vitally important to have a resource for and about this dynamic
It gives us great pleasure to deliver this issue to you, and we
look forward to a second stand-alone issue in October. Please send your comments
to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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