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PRI – PHOTON Research Industry confirms that the European optics-photonics market is back on track


With just a few weeks before the doors open for the second edition of the event PRI – PHOTON Research Industry, the number of exhibiting companies and attended visitors is a strong sign confirming that the European optics-photonics industry in regaining its force.

“The event PRI was created by industrial and institutional members of the French optics-photonics community to meet needs that were not addressed by other events” notes Samuel Bucourt, President of the association PRI – PHOTON Research Industry. “We’re expecting 3,000 visitors at the event which is a clear sign that our sector’s economic rebound is in solid progression.” Held at Paris’ Parc Floral from October 26-29, 2010, PRI will host:

• The 30th edition of the OPTO tradeshow with 100 exhibitors;
• The annual meeting of the European Optical Society (EOS) with 400 scientific presentations for its 750 delegates;
• The first annual meeting of France’s National Optics-Photonics Committee (CNOP) where the board will present strategic suggestions to increase industrial and academic competitiveness;
• Numerous activities to celebrate the laser’s 50th anniversary including presentations by leading figures about the importance of the invention;
• The 4th annual JRIOA (Adaptive Optics for Research and Industry);
• The awards ceremony for the annual concourse “La Vitrine de l’Innovation” (Window on Innovation) that recognizes France’s best innovations in optics and photonics;
• The awards ceremony for the Grand Prix Louis Néel by the French Physics Society.

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“OPTO 2010 – a “grand cru”” exalts Martine Renoult from GL Evens, the organizers of the OPTO tradeshow. “We’re very proud that this year will mark OPTO’s 30th anniversary, with over 100 exhibitors and an impressive international participation. Not only are the major European optics-photonics companies and the vast majority of France’s optics clusters present, but, for example, clusters from Algeria and Quebec will exhibit at OPTO.”

Exhibitors are equally enthusiastic. “With the rebound economic beginning in 2010 and at the dawn of a full recovery in 2011, PRI is going to become a staple for the European optics-photonics industry and BFI has high hopes for it. PRI’s inherent diversity (OPTO, scientific conferences, celebrations of the laser’s 50th, Vitrine de l’Innovation…) responds to the needs of all visitors, industrials and researchers that will be present” cites BFI Optilas’ Philippe Goupilleau.

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