The cultural model of a company is the basis for its innovative ability. Our work atmosphere is one that encourages creativity but also demands high quality products and service. All employees play an active role in the continuous optimization of products and processes. We have made it our business to constantly research and develop new and innovative components produced not only in-house, but also as a distributor of products offered by well-known international manufacturers.
Associations fulfill important requirements from the exchange of information to branch marketing. Laser Components is a member of different associations with regional, national, European, and international focuses. Have a look at our networks.
Automated Imaging Association
Since its inception in 1984, the Automated Imaging Association (AIA) has been committed to advancing the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive worldwide expansion and growth through education and promotion. AIA serves over 360 OEM system integrators, component suppliers, distributors, consultancy firms, institutions, and users from 32 countries. AIA is renowned for vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™ and USB3 Vision™; the Automate Show; The Vision Show; the annual A3 Business Forum; the Certified Vision Professional (CVP) program; AIA Certified System Integrator (CSI) program; and Vision Online, the world’s leading online resource for information on vision and imaging. AIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation.
ALPHA - Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences®
The cluster ALPHA - Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences® (ALPHA-RLH) accompanies companies and research institutes from the photonics and high-frequency technology branches in the founding, assessment, and financing of innovative projects. With offices in Bordeaux and Limoges, this cluster unites talents from the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and supports regional growth.
This network is divided into six strategic business fields (Domaines d'activité stratégiques (DAS)) and the comprehensive business segment digital industry. The DAS structure comprises two technological fields: photonics/lasers (laser sources and processes, optical components, measurement devices) on the one hand and electronics/high-frequency technology including the areas of integrated electronics, radio communication, and radar systems on the other hand. The focus here lies on the following markets: health care, communication/security, aerospace, and energy management/intelligent building technology.
Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik e.V.
(Association of Sensor and Measurement Technology)
This is a German network of sensor and measurement technology for physical, chemical, climatic, and other measurement parameters. Different working circles and committees meet regularly to exchange business information. The Sensor + Test was established in Nuremberg as a trade show for sensor, measurement, and testing technology organized and sponsored by the association.
bayern photonics e.V.
Network for Optical Technologies in Bavaria
bayern photonics e.V. is a regional cluster and supports especially research institutes and companies from the branch Optical Technologies with the aim of generating and developing regional cooperation inside the network.
The mission of bayern photonics is to link science and industry and to promote innovative structures in Bavaria. Furthermore, bayern photonics supports business startups, provides training and education, marketing and public relations.
Wir bauen die Netze!
With its 290 members – among them more than 165 city and regional network carriers and many utilities – Bundesverband Breitband-kommunikation e.V. (BREKO – Federal Association for Broadband Communications) represents the majority of German communications service providers. Since its foundation in 1999, it has been committed to strengthening competition in the German telecommunications market and creating appropriate political and regulatory framework conditions. With significant investments, BREKO members account for more than 60 percent of the competitive fiber roll-out (FTTB / FTTH), covering both metropolitan and rural areas. Their main objective is to ensure nationwide availability of fiber optic connections with at least 1 GBit/s by 2025.
Club Laser et Procédé
Club Laser et Procédés (CLP), which was founded in 1985, is a French association for the advancement of the use of lasers as tools in industrial manufacturing. CLP is an alliance of large industrial groups, small and medium-sized companies, technology transfer centers, laboratories, and educational and training facilities to coordinate and monitor their efforts in the development of industrial laser applications. As a platform for the exchange of scientific, technical, and economic information, CLP promotes cooperation and synergy in national and European R&D programs to pave the way for the industrial application of future laser applications. CLP is in the process of establishing itself as the key contact for agencies and European facilities. It also serves as the French interface between European and international networks such as the European Laser Institute, the Laser Institute of America, and the Association of Industrial Laser Users.
Comité National de Sécurité Optique
The Comité National de Sécurité Optique (National Committee of Optical Security (CNSO)) was founded in 2013 and serves companies and government agencies as a contact for inquiries about security in the use of artificial optical radiation. The goal of this committee, which consists of leading representatives from the optics and laser industry, is to control the regulation process via a network of experts.
On July 2, 2010, the French legislative body enacted Directive No. 2010-750 on the protection of employees from the dangers of artificial optical radiation. Since this enactment, companies and laboratories are required to secure their facilities, inform their employees of the dangers, train them in proper handling, and protect them from these dangers.
It is the task of the CNSO to promote technologies that use artificial optical radiation and comply with statutory safety regulations, standards, and requirements.
Approximately 180,000 family-run businesses employ eight million workers in Germany; thus, they are of great importance for the economy. Patrick Paul is a member of the “Family Entrepreneurs” political advocacy group, which was founded in 1949 to create optimal conditions for family ownership. This group also encourages exchange between the entrepreneurs by hosting informal conversational gatherings, national events, and workshops.
European Photonics Industry Consortium
EPIC bietet europaeischen Unternehmen der Photonik unabhängig von ihrer Größe eine Plattform, schnell und unkompliziert neue Geschäftsbeziehungen im gemeinsamen Netzwerk zu knüpfen. Dieser Leitgedanke, die Kooperation europäischer Unternehmen untereinander zu fördern, spiegelt sich auch in anderen Punkten wieder: so werden für Mitglieder Meetings und Workshops organisiert und Marktstudien zur Verfügung gestellt.
Forschungsvereinigung Feinmechanik, Optik und Medizintechnik e.V.
(Research Association of Precision Mechanics, Optics, and Medical Technology)
F.O.M. pursues application-oriented research projects as part of the program funded by the Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) – the precompetitive joint industrial research group Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF). It also links industrial companies with research institutes and provides information about regional, national, and European research funding programs.
F.O.M. is a not-for-profit organization of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen e.V. (AiF) (German Federation of Industrial Cooperative Research Associations) and collaborates closely with SPECTARIS, the German Industrial Association of Optical, Medical, and Mechatronic Technologies e.V.
LASER World of PHOTONICS - Advisory Committee
As general manager of Laser Components GmbH, Patrick Paul has been a member of the advisory committee of the LASER World of PHOTONICS since 2008, which consists of a total of nineteen companies. The advisory committee meets regularly with Munich’s trade fair center Messe München to discuss the direction of the trade show and identify key topics and future technologies.
OPTITEC has been recognized for thirteen years as a competency center for photonics and one of the driving forces of the photonics branch in Southern France. This cluster bundles the competencies of highly-innovative small and medium-sized companies, large industrial corporations, and leading academic partners. This dynamic and fruitful atmosphere of collaborative research and development projects has already provided ideas for several new products and services.
OPTITEC will also act as an important hub for the value chain in the photonics sector and open up new economic and industrial opportunities for companies through the insights gained via research and development. The European Commission has pinpointed photonics as one of six key technologies worldwide that promote innovations in many application areas. The global market for optical products is currently growing 10 percent every year. With its projects and European-wide visibility, this cluster is designed to provide optimal access to European and international markets.
The Optical Society
OSA has been founded in Rochester, NY in 1916, to promote and advance the study of light. Since then, the Optical Society has been focusing on optics and photonics and grown their worldwide membership base to over 20,000 individuals. Their main focus is to bring together scientists and business leaders on conferences, meetings, and trade shows; and to share knowledge through technical publications and other platforms. Probably the best-known conference is the Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science that is organized around automotive, nanophotonics, optics in computing, and virtual reality and augmented vision.
As the “control center” of the regional photonics branch, Photonics Bretagne combines two different activities into one organization: a single cluster of photonics companies and the development and technology center PERFOS, which specializes in special optical fibers and components. This association, which was founded in 2011, is located in Lannion.
With more than 100 members from industry, research, and education, this cluster supports industrial development and collaboration in the region to facilitate new technological developments. The goal is the advancement of economic growth and the creation of jobs in the Breton photonics branch.
PERFOS develops, produces, and markets special fibers (especially microstructured optical fibers) and manufactures custom preforms, capillaries, tapers, and other components.
Photonics Bretagne initiated the construction of the Photonics Park in Lannion in 2017, the first scientific park for photonics.
Deutscher Industrieverband für optische, medizinische und mechatronische Technologien e.V.
SPECTARIS is the German industry association for the high-tech medium-sized business sector and representative body in the areas of medical technology, optical technologies and analytical, biological, laboratory, and ophthalmic devices. Innovation and growth characterize the different industry sectors and their 235,000 strong workforce. Technologies developed here are used in almost all branches of industry, making them an important motor for the German economy.
International Society for Optics and Photonics
SPIE serves the optics and photonics industry with more than 18,700 members around the world. The not-for-profit society supports advances in light-based technologies through technical conferences and exhibitions, expert-authored publications, and career growth programs. The scientific community is involved in emerging technologies that are used in renewable energy, autonomous drive, additive manufacturing, robotics, precision farming, communications, cancer diagnosis, and the like. One of the world-renowned events is SPIE Photonics West, taking place every year in San Francisco, CA, USA.