The Internet is based on fiber-optically transmitted data that orbits the earth at the speed of light; displays, cameras and sensors of smartphones are the interfaces to our human senses; and doctors can perform precise diagnoses and therapies that are efficient and gentle thanks to optical systems.
The photonics sector is now a global high-tech industry with above-average growth rates. Automobile manufacturers, machine builders, life sciences companies or medical device manufacturers demand customized optical solutions from our manufacturers, which require a high level of know-how and quality awareness.
Important fields of application are production technology, metrology, medical technology, communication technology, information technology as well as security and defense. In 2019, the 1,000 German companies with their 142,500 employees generated sales of €37.5 billion.