UK Photonics Industry
Discover the UK’s Photonics industry and the companies working with advanced optical technologies. View company data, industry trends, market size, financials and download our free sector report today.
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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
Key information you should know about the Photonics sector from our AI-driven platform of over 5 million companies:
- Photonics is in our top 10 for regional diversity.
- Photonics has turnover of £9.89bn, meaning it is our 41st largest RTIC, and our 41st fastest growing sector.
- The Photonics sector has not received additional investor attention in recent years and the amount of venture capital funding is not increasing as fast as our other emerging economy sectors.
Our Photonics RTIC is made up of 7 individual industry verticals, including verticals such as Industry 4.0, Microelectronics, Optics. You can find out more about the verticals by buying a report, visualising the sector on our platform, or by downloading the data.
- Sector Code Description Records
- RTIC0027 Photonics 962 companies
Companies working with advanced optial technologies, often lasers, fibre optic cables, rapid data transmission, etc…
- Photonics: Industry 4.0253 companies
Companies providing products using photonics technology (i.e., light sensors) for smart factories
- Photonics: Microelectronics73 companies
Companies using advanced photonics technology (i.e., laser) for the manufacture of microelectronics
- Photonics: Optics333 companies
Companies developing specialised optical products
- Photonics: Photovoltaics194 companies
Companies producing photovoltaic technology and/or derived products
- Photonics: Quantum Tech150 companies
Companies applying photonics technology and knowledge into the development of quantum technologies
- Photonics: Remote Sensing295 companies
Companies supplying remote monitoring products that use photonics technology
- Photonics: Telecommunications140 companies
Companies applying photonics technology and knowledge to the development of telecommunications infrastructure, products and services
Photonics industry growth
We estimate that the UK Photonics sector could be worth approximately £10.7bn by 2027, based on the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6%. Below you can see the five year turnover forecast for the RTIC from 2023 to 2027.
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– Summary of RTIC data & industry performance
– Overview of key verticals
– Geographic analysis & breakdown
– Key insights & trends
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