Post Show Report Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics 2023

13 / 04 / 2023

17th Edition of International Exhibition for Laser, Optical and Optoelectronic Technologies 2831 March 2023, EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia 

Photonics 2023 has confirmed its status as the main platform in Russia and Eastern Europe for showcasing the latest trends in the laser and optical technology market. 

Ivan Kovsh, President at the Laser Association

This show and its extensive conference programme have long been the main forum for the domestic laser and optical industry, and the main working platform for its market participants. Today, laser, optical and optoelectronic technologies play an important role in modernising the technical infrastructure of society, ensuring the country's security, innovative development of industry, agriculture, medicine and communication systems.

Participants in the official opening ceremony noted that the development of laser-optical technology is significant for the development of many industries. 

Sergey Selivanov, First Deputy Director General at EXPOCENTRE AO

It is at the show where science and business meet, innovative ideas are discussed, and solutions for complex technological problems are found. Representatives of various industries, medicine, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, IT and telecommunications, metrology and instrumentation, security and data protection come to Photonics every year.

At the opening ceremony, President at the Laser Association Ivan Kovsh stressed that the photonics industry was developing at a very fast pace, with over 60,000 people involved in it. In Russia, more than 800 companies and organisations are working in this field, and about 200 of them are manufacturers. 

Maksim Fateev, Vice President at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sergey Popov, Shvabe Deputy CEO for R&D, and Zhou Duyen, President at the Hubei Provincial Science and Technology Association, also welcomed the exhibitors and organisers. 

Dates: 2831 March 2023

Venue: EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia

Organised by EXPOCENTRE AO, the Laser Association

Under auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Floor space: 3,089+ sq m (+20% in comparison to the previous year)

Attendance: 8,150 professional visitors (+37% in comparison to the previous year) from 27 countries and 71 regions of Russia   

Exhibitors: 164 companies (20+ newcomers)

Conference programme: 31 events with 218 reports and presentations

Countries: Armenia, Belarus, China, Russia

Foreign companies: Optosky (Xiamen) Photonics, CNI Laser/Changchun New Industries Optoelectronics Technology, Wuhan Jiyuan Technical Service (China), etc.

Russian companies: Avesta Project, IRE-Polus, (IPG Photonics), Shvabe, Lassard, Lasery i Apparatura (Lasers and Hardware), OKB Bulat, Lasercut, Laser Center, LLS, Photon TechSystem, Special Systems. Photonics, leading enterprises of the Rosatom State Corporation: Dukhov Automatics Research Institute, Research and Production Enterprise Inject and TRINITY Troitsk Institute of Innovative and Thermonuclear Research, as well as Russian Scientific Research Institute for Physical-Engineering and Radiotechnical Metrology, Russian Research Institute for Optical and Physical Measurements , Perm Scientific and Industrial Instrument Making Company, Laserform, Sharplase, Elektrosteklo, Juventa Laser, etc.

Newcomers: ADV Engineering, Bari-NN, VL Aseptica, GLP Raduga, Innfocus, Inscience Solutions, Intech Lighting, Pokkels, SM Technics, Quartz Crystals Technology, Photon Technology, etc.

Types of products on display: laser sources and components, laser emitters, fiber optic equipment, laser equipment, test equipment, optoelectronics, nanophotonics, laser medicine, laser equipment for plant growing and environmental management, etc.   

Show highlights 

The exhibitors of Photonics 2023 included leading manufacturers of laser and optical products, dealers of major companies, research institutes, and leading educational institutions of Russia.

It should be noted that the number of exhibitors from China exceeded the pre-pandemic level, with 25 companies demonstrating their products this year. 

The Zelenograd Development Corporation, the Skolkovo Foundation, and the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences presented their group stands. 

Bauman Moscow State Technical University, St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University, St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, and St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University LETI presented cutting-edge developments in laser and optical technology. 

St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University showed its developments, including the research carried out within the world-class research centre Advanced Digital Technologies and implementation of the Priority 2030 academic leadership programme.

The Institute of Laser and Welding Technologies of St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University presented the ILIST-M direct laser growing facility developed under the Priority 2030 programme to equip university laboratories and regional technology centres of the national network. 

Bauman Moscow State Technical University presented nine developments at its stand. Among them were an automatic multispectral detection and tracking system, an optical module for displaying graphic information, photonic integrated circuits, and the Optical Power Meter hardware-software complex.

In addition to presenting new products, university lecturers talked about promising materials and technologies, assisted in selecting equipment and components, and provided guidance on all questions of possible cooperation. 

The stand of the Zelenograd Development Corporation hosted an agreement signing ceremony between two leaders of the Russian photonics industry Quartz Crystals Technology AO and Lassard OOO. The agreement provides for the supply of quartz glass tooling for the production of equipment based on laser systems, among other things. 

Conference programme 

As usual, a conference programme is a very important part of Photonics. 

The Laser Association and EXPOCENTRE AO prepared and hold 31 events jointly with the Photonics Technology Platform. 

The key event was the 11th Congress of the Photonics Technology Platform, which brought together 17 conferences on photonics related topics. 

The conference programme was opened by a joint meeting of the Council of Head Technologists, the Council of the Laser Association, and the Secretariat of the Photonics Technology Platform on human resources for the photonics industry. The event was organised by Shvabe AO, the Laser Association and EXPOCENTRE AO. The discussed issues included labour shortages in the optical sector and improvement of the training system in the various regions. 

Other participants of the joint meeting included Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Vasily Shpak, Deputy Director of the Department for Certification of Research and Teaching Staff of the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education Mikhail Petrov, representatives of the Rostec State Corporation, Shvabe and other enterprises. 

Vasily Shpak, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade

The 20th century was the century of the electron, and the 21st century will be the century of the photon, so the issue of staffing in this segment of the radioelectronics industry is particularly relevant. Industry representatives need to consolidate to draft a roadmap for improving educational programmes, infrastructure and the development of human resources in the field of advanced technologies. All the necessary resources for this are available. 

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The Investment Session on Key Photonics Technology Projects was organised by the Photonics NTI Centre of Competences at Perm State National Research University and EXPOCENTRE AO. 

Company directors and heads of design institutes spoke about the development of scientific, technical and technological solutions for fibre optic elements, the development of technology and technological equipment for the manufacture of active components of photonic integrated circuits, the direction of research and work of research laboratories, and much more.

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The Laser Association and EXPOCENTRE AO organised the Panel on Opportunities for Chinese-Russian Cooperation in Photonics. The participants discussed opportunities and prospects for the Chinese-Russian scientific and technical cooperation in 2023, state support for joint projects, experience gained from organising cooperation between member organisations of the China Optical Valley Laser Association and the CIS Laser Association, and possible joint infrastructure projects in the field of photonics including congresses and trade shows.

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Photonics 2023 hosted a plenary session of the 11th Congress of the Photonics Technology Platform. One of the presentations was named the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022. Quantum Physics: from Puzzle to Technology.

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The Moscow City Department of Investment and Industrial Policy, the Laser Association and EXPOCENTRE AO organised the Panel on Photonics in Moscow. Emil Petrosyan, Deputy Head at the Moscow City Department of Investment and Industrial Policy, spoke in detail about the inter-industry photonics cluster that was created last October on the platform of the Moscow Innovation Cluster. According to him, the Moscow Photonics Cluster will be the centre of the capital's ecosystem for the design, production and implementation of photonic integrated circuits as the basis for most next-generation photonic devices. It will include design centres, factories, test laboratories and enterprises and will bring together Moscows enterprises and scientific and technical organisations.

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The 11th Congress of the Photonics Technology Platform included sessions on semiconductor photonics and nanophotonics, photonics units and devices for scientific instrumentation, fibre optic cables and fibre optic components, optical sensorics, photonics test and measurement and diagnostic technology for the processing industry, photonics in medicine and life sciences, laser macromachining of industrial materials and additive technologies, metrology support for photonics, laser micromachining, engraving and marking, holographic technologies, laser and optoelectronic information systems, fibre optic communication lines and their components, optical elements and components, photonics in navigation and geodesy, photonics in agriculture and environmental management, radiophotonics, agrobiophotonics, and quantum technologies. 

Other important events of Photonics 2023 were

  • the Assembly of the Laser Association. Watch the broadcast>>

  • the Meeting of the Technical Committee on Standardization Optics and Photonics (TC296). Watch the broadcast>>

  • the working meeting of coordinators of Russian technology platforms

  • the extended meeting of the Council for Optics and Photonics of the Department of Physical Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Watch the broadcast>>

  • summing up the results of the Competition for the Best Russian Development in the Field of Photonics 

The Photonics visitors say that every year the show becomes more and more interesting and demonstrates a growing number of equipment and components. It contributes not only to the visual presentation of developments and success, but most importantly to the further development of business, science and practice, the creation of new technological solutions, and the implementation of the most innovative ideas. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 18th edition of the Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics International Exhibition for Laser, Optical and Optoelectronic Technologies in 2024, which will take place at EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds from March 26 through March 29, 2024.  

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