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Michael Mertin re-appointed President of Photonics21

The Jenoptik President & CEO will once again represent the technology platform for the European photonics sector for the next two years.

The Jenoptik CEO Michael Mertin was re-elected president with a unanimous vote at the Photonics21 Members’ Meeting at the end of November 2014.

The association has commenced a decisive new phase for the photonics sector in the past two years. A seven-year roadmap was adopted in 2013 with the aim of promoting research and development in the sector. Another milestone followed in December 2013: Photonics21 concluded a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the European Commission, a contract between the public sector and private photonics companies.

“This Public-Private Partnership reinforces the commitment of photonics manufacturers to promoting innovation in Europe and strengthening cooperation between private and public institutions”, says Michael Mertin. “I thank the members of Photonics21 for their trust and confidence and am determined to continue advancing this matter in the next two years.”

The Public Private Partnership is also part of “Horizon 2020”. This framework program bundles current European research and innovation projects, including those in the photonics sector. The primary objective is to encourage private investment in research and innovations, successfully introduce these to the market and also strengthen innovative small and medium-sized enterprises.

Photonics as a driver of innovation

In 2009, the European Commission identified photonics as one of five key enabling technologies (KET), confirming its role as an important driver of innovation for numerous other sectors. According to industry estimates, sales in the global photonics market will rise to about 615 billion euros by 2020 (2011: 350 billion euros). According to a study by the European Commission, 20 to 30 percent of the European economy is already dependent on photonics. Optical technologies are used in many areas of everyday life, such as for energy-efficient lighting and laser materials processing, in medical diagnostics as well as information and communication technology.

The European technology platform Photonics21 was established in December 2005 by companies and research institutes from the field of optical technologies. This photonics association now has over 2,500 members from most European countries. They continue to promote a joint European position on optical technologies in the 21st century.

You can find more information on the photonics sector on the Photonics21 website. You can also find a detailed CV and images of Michael Mertin on the Jenoptik website at Management and in the Jenoptik image database.

About Jenoptik

As an integrated optoelectronics group, Jenoptik divides its activities into five divisions: Lasers & Material Processing, Optical Systems, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, security and defense technology as well as the aviation industry. The Jenoptik Group headquarters are in Jena (Thuringia). In addition to several major sites in Germany Jenoptik is represented in about 80 countries worldwide, for example in the USA, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland as well as in Singapore, India, China, Korea, Japan and Australia. JENOPTIK AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and included in the TecDax index. Jenoptik has approx. 3,430 employees and in 2013 generated sales of about 600 million euros.