Inter­na­tio­nal Affairs

The cluster’s pho­to­nic tech­no­lo­gies are part of inter­na­tio­nal value chains, and the com­pa­nies have an average export quota of 70%. Not only in exports, but also in sup­plier rela­ti­ons and rese­arch coope­ra­ti­ons are glo­bally ori­en­ted. Clus­ter inter­na­tio­na­li­sa­tion is the­r­e­fore a cen­tral com­po­nent of the acti­vi­ties of OptoNet.

Accor­ding to the results of the cur­rent Opto­Net PHOTONICS Report, the mar­kets in Europe, North Ame­rica and incre­asingly China are of great importance for the mem­ber com­pa­nies of the Thu­rin­gian Pho­to­nics Association.

Regi­ons • Partnerships


Europe is the main sales mar­ket for Thu­rin­gian pho­to­nics com­pa­nies. The inten­si­fi­ca­tion of coope­ra­tive rela­ti­onships and joint stra­te­gic pro­jects with Euro­pean part­ner regi­ons are inten­ded to sup­port the exis­ting busi­ness rela­ti­onships of the mem­bers, but above all to iden­tify new sales potential.

Pôle Opti­tec France • France

SWISSMEM • Switzerland

Pho­to­nics Fin­land • Finland

Dutch Optics Centre • The Netherlands

Pho­to­nics NL • The Netherlands

Pho­ton­Delta • The Netherlands

Tech­no­logy Scot­land • UK

North Ame­rica

Coope­ra­tion with US-Ame­ri­can asso­cia­ti­ons, for exam­ple in New York/Rochester, Flo­rida and Ari­zona as well as in the Cana­dian pho­to­nics cor­ri­dor Qué­bec and Onta­rio, is an important goal of the Opto­Net inter­na­tio­na­liza­tion efforts.

Optics Val­ley Com­mit­tee of the Ari­zona Tech­no­logy Coun­cil • USA

New York Pho­to­nics • USA

Flo­rida Pho­to­nics Clus­ter • USA

Opto­ni­que • Québec

Pho­tons Canada • Canada


Asia is con­side­red one of the most important sup­plier mar­kets. Opto­Net main­ta­ins long-term rela­ti­onships with the Hama­matsu region in Japan to build part­ner­ships in rese­arch, deve­lo­p­ment and indus­try. Opto­elec­tro­nics, which is strong in South Korea, offers fields of work for Ger­man com­pon­ents and pro­duc­tion technologies.

Hama­matsu Agency of Inno­va­tion • Japan