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Jun 4th, 2012
 
Fraunhofer sets up UK applied photonics unit
 
The German organization for applied research finalizes a strategic collaboration with Scotland’s University of Strathclyde.
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£89M Technology and Innovation Centre.
£89M Technology and Innovation Centre.

As first reported by optics.org last November, Glasgow has been chosen as the location for the first UK outpost of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, following the official establishment of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (F-CAP) in the city. Through a strategic collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, and connections with other Scottish universities, the center is intended to become a hub for industry-driven laser research and technology aimed at exploiting local photonics expertise for commercial applications in a wide range of market sectors.

University of Strathclyde principal Jim McDonald said in a statement welcoming the development: “It is fitting that the UK’s first Fraunhofer Centre is dedicated to lasers, a thriving industry Scotland has excelled in for decades.”

“The plans have already been endorsed by our partners in industry,” he added. “By working side-by-side with colleagues in business, industry and government, we are finding solutions to global challenges, enhancing industry innovation and competitiveness and supporting the economy.”

Tim Holt, currently the chief executive of Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics and formerly UK sales manager at the industrial laser firm Rofin-Sinar, will head up the new Fraunhofer UK operation as its executive director, the university said. The appointment of a director for F-CAP is in progress, and optics.org understands that an announcement will be made shortly.

The unit will eventually be based at Strathclyde’s £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre, but that giant facility is currently under construction and not scheduled for completion until 2014. In the meantime, the new Fraunhofer operation will be housed at “interim accommodation” on the Strathclyde campus, starting later this year.

To read more: http://optics.org/news/3/5/39

 

 
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