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French Technology Clusters Form ALPHA-RLH

EuroPhotonics
Mar 2017
BORDEAUX, France — Route des Lasers, a competitiveness cluster for photonics and laser technology companies, and Elopsys, a competitiveness cluster for photonics, microwave and digital technologies, have merged to become Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences (ALPHA-RLH).

The new cross-disciplinary technology cluster ALPHA-RLH inherits 250 members including many major global organizations such as the Thales Group, Dassault Aviation SA, Airbus Safran Launchers SAS, Safran Helicopters and CEA-Leti, a microelectronic and nanotechnology research center. Cluster members have contributed to economic growth and development in the Aquitaine regionby directly generating close to 6,500 highly skilled jobs and indirectly creating a further 20,000.

Jean-Pierre Giannini, director of CEA/Cesta and former director of Route des Lasers, will serve as president of ALPHA-RLH. Hervé Floch, former director of Route des Lasers, has been appointed general director of ALPHA-RLH. Thomas Colombeau, former director of Elopsys, will serve as deputy director of ALPHA-RLH.

“With our combined expertise and deep understanding of photonics, lasers, microwave and digital technologies that are deployed by most industrial firms, ALPHA-RLH has a major competitive advantage,” Floch said. “We are now in a stronger position to accompany the rise and structural growth of the cutting-edge photonics sector at regional and national levels. The new cluster is better equipped to overcome all the challenges needed to successfully take a project from concept to end-product. We have the qualities, attributes and resources to become the benchmark for microwave and photonics in France and draw greater international business interests to the Aquitaine region.”

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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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