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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 has turnover of £14.81bn, meaning it is our 40th largest RTIC, and our 3rd 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.
  • On average the roles advertised in this sector are 2.26% higher than the UK’s average salary.
1,283
COMPANIES CONSIDERED
£14.8bn
TOTAL TURNOVER
122,666
TOTAL EMPLOYEES
£2.7bn
TOTAL INVESTMENT FUNDING
£277.5m
TOTAL INNOVATE UK GRANT FUNDING
21.9%
AVERAGE COMPANY GROWTH PER YEAR

Photonics verticals

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 1283 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

We estimate that the UK Photonics sector could be worth approximately £39.9bn by 2027, based on the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9%. 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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