The mission of this Round Table is to create business relationships between photonics SMEs who are leaders in sensor innovations and technology integrators who are seeking specific capabilities and performance for defense and security systems.  The Round Table will accelerate the presence in the market of key competitive technologies in defense and security applications.   Interested defense systems manufacturers and photonics clusters are invited to join this initiative.

Jean-François Coutris, Vice-President of SAGEM Defense and Security who has contributed to the organization of this initiative said, “SMEs are strong in technology innovation.  They are both agile and inventive and can work on developments that larger industries could not afford to invest in. We must facilitate the development of these SMEs that are crucial to our competitive position”. 

Thomas Pearsall, Secretary General of the European Photonics Industry Consortium, (EPIC) also a partner in the organization of the Business Round Table added, “The defense majors, like MBDA and SAGEM are strong in technology integration.  They have the resources and the know-how for integrating new technology into reliable and performant systems coupled with a good view of market opportunities.”

The Business Round Table is planning meetings four times per year in different locations around Europe.  SMEs will be invited to present innovations in sensor technology, and defense integrators will discuss needs for sensing systems.  Participants from both sides will be able to discuss details in networking sessions during the meeting.  W. Knorr, head of the laser division of the binational French-German research institute of Saint Louis, appreciates the launch of the Photonics Sensors Business Roundtable:  “This is an important positive step in accelerating the exploitation of new photonics sensor applications in Europe.”

SMEs who would like to participate should contact the photonics cluster in their region.  These clusters will decide on the participants programme.  Defense and security integrators who wish to participate should contact EPIC directly.


Thirteen photonics clusters:

Anticipa                                                           France            

Cluster Photonique                                      Belgium         

Estonian Photonics                                      Estonia                      

EPIC                                                                EU

Heinrich-Hertz Institute                                Germany                   

OpticsValley                                                    France            

Optoelectronics Research Center             Finland                      

OptecBB                                                          Germany       

POP Sud                                                          France

Rhenaphotonics Alsace                               France

Route des Lasers                                          France

SECPHO                                                          Spain             

Swiss Laser Net                                             Switzerland   

Scottish Optoelectronics Association         UK

Electronics, Sensors, Photonics KTN         UK                  

Wroclaw Photonics Cluster                           Poland


and three defense majors :

            INDRA                                                Spain

            MBDA                                                 UK

            SAGEM                                               France

have formed the group of initiating charter members.  Participation from other interested members of the community, either clusters or defense systems integrators is solicited.

For further information, please contact:

Martine Keim-Paray


17, rue de l’Amiral Hamelin

75016 Paris, France