Building the Photonics Industry in SA
Last week, the Department for State Development (DSD) and IPAS co-hosted the Photonics Industry Development workshop, a follow up of the “Lighting the Way” report, released in February this year. While the report explored the opportunities for expanding the photonics industry, allowing SA to be a major player in the international photonics stage, the workshop presented the leading proposed activities that will facilitate this.
Given that photonics is the underpinning technology for numerous industries, including manufacturing, medical, agriculture, aerospace, mining and defence, there is the potential for the development of a $1B industry in the next 5 years with further investment.
Adam Reid (DSD)
Professor Tanya Monro (DVCRI, UniSA)
Proposed Activities Champions
Peter Shute (Norseld): Collaboration and Clustering
Professor Andre Luiten (University of Adelaide and Cryoclocks): Prototyping
Professor John Arkwright (Flinders University and Arkwright): Global Market Engagement
Peter Foster (VentureNext): Investment Ready