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UK Photonics Industry

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What is Photonics?

Photonics refers to the physical science of light waves. A branch of optics (the study of the behavior and properties of light), Photonics describes the generation, detection and manipulation of light.

In the UK, the Photonics industry is made up of a wide range of companies designing, manufacturing and using advanced optical technologies. This includes those working in microelectronics, remote sensing, telecommunications and even quantum technology. Examples of Photonics include lasers, smartphone screens and cameras and fibre optic cables.

Photonics sector summary

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Here are the key facts about the Photonics sector. The sector has a turnover of £16.2bn currently, has received £2.3bn of investment and the sector is growing at 36.3% per year.


Photonics verticals

Our industry data goes deep. See the top verticals and specialisms making waves in the UK Photonics industry today.

Our Photonics RTIC is made up of 7 individual verticals. The top verticals in this sector include Optics, and Smart Sensors. You can find out more about the verticals by downloading our RTIC report, or by signing up for a free trial of The Data City platform.

  • Sector Code Description Records
  • RTIC0027 Photonics 1227 companies

    Companies working with advanced optical technologies, often lasers, fibre optic cables, rapid data transmission, etc..

    • Photonics: Industry 4.0

      Companies providing products using photonics technology (i.e, light sensors) for smart factories

      308 companies
    • Photonics: Microelectronics

      Companies using advanced photonics technology (i.e, laser) for the manufacture of microelectronics

      135 companies
    • Photonics: Optics

      Companies developing specialised optical products

      356 companies
    • Photonics: Photovoltaics

      Companies producing photovoltaic technology and/or derived products

      261 companies
    • Photonics: Quantum Tech

      Companies applying photonics technology and knowledge into the development of quantum technologies

      229 companies
    • Photonics: Smart Sensors

      Companies supplying remote monitoring products that use photonics technology

      341 companies
    • Photonics: Telecommunications

      Companies applying photonics technology and knowledge to the development of telecommunications infrastructure, products and services

      188 companies

Photonics industry growth

Based on a growth rate of 36.3%, we expect that this sector could be worth £17.9bn by 2024. Below you can see our forecast of the growth of the sector.

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