International partners

New York Photonics/ USA

New York has hundreds of optics, photonics and imaging companies clustered into active regional collaborations- New York Photonics & Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster. These regions are home to hundreds of organizations and companies that can deliver complete R&D, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities.

OptoNet wants to continually explore further opportunities for collaboration. With international visible optics networks, like New York Photonics, OptoNet will exercise the best efforts to strengthen the  close cooperation.

Contact: Mr Tom Battley, New York Photonics


Québec Photonics Network- Réseau Photonique du Québec/ Canada

The technology cluster in Québec is part of the Canadian photonic corridor Québec City-Montreal-Ottawa and has a long tradition as a photonics region. Well known research institutes like the National Optics Institute (INO) and the Centre for Optic Photonic and Laser Research of the Laval University play a leading role in the development of telecommunication technologies, biophotonics and high-tech applications in the defense sector.

Optoelectronics, fiber optics and sensorics are core competencies of more than 40 enterprises. The regional expertise focuses on infrared cameras, laser systems, virtual 3D-environments and distance measurement.

Contact: Ms Mireille Jean, Québec Photonics Network


City of Hamamatsu/ Japan; Hamamatsu Agency for Innovation

S. Toyota,  M.Suzuki, S.Honda und G.Kawakami (Yamaha), four of the most important representatives of Japanese automotive industry were born in Hamamatsu. Nowadays one of the biggest plants of Yamaha is located there. With 2.600 employees worldwide Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. is one of the leading players of the photonics region.  Research concentrates in fields of electron tube, solid state, systems and laser. Besides global players of photonics like Nissei Denki with laser development, microwave technology, RFID and LED, there are numerous smaller enterprises, which are innovative niche players in laser material processing or image processing.

In further collaboration state-of-the-art  laser technologies should be enhanced in synergy projects.

Contact: Mr Takashi Furumura  

Region of Gumi, South Korea

The Industrial Complex of Gumi, South Korea is home to more than 2.900 companies, mostly in electronics. Global Players like Samsung Electronics, LG electronics, Cheil Industries and Hyosung and foreign-led companies are among the biggest exporting companies in Korea. The “Gumi Hightech Valley” is expanding continuously and developed to a centre of renewable energies, semiconductor technologies and entertainment electronics. The Kumoh National Institute of Technology is the most important research institute of the Gumi region. In microoptics and lighting technologies OptoNet enforces cooperations also with innovative small and medium sized companies in the Gumi region.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Hyungsik Woo, President Kumoh National Institute of Technology