The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics is currently working with 13 industrial partners on a variety of projects. Additionally, we seek new partners who would benefit from our technologically advanced solutions to specific photonics manufacturing challenges they may be facing. Contact our National Outreach Manager, Dr John Lincoln in the first instance.

Our current partners include:


AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent.

They are a centre of scientific and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.


Fianium is a fiber laser company focused on the manufacture and development of ultrafast, high power laser systems covering a wavelength range from 240nm to 2500nm.

Ultrafast Fiber lasers, including picosecond lasers, femtosecond lasers and Supercontinuum sources are the singular focus of Fianium.

Biophotonics applications such as fluorescence microscopy, imaging and spectroscopy are the primary applications for Supercontinuum sources.

Medical therapy and ultrafast material processing are some typical applications of the high power and high energy picosecond and femtosecond fiber lasers.

Fibercore Ltd

Fibercore Limited probably ships more polarization maintaining (PM), erbium-doped and bend-insensitive singlemode fiber, to more customers, in more places, than any other company - literally hundreds of kilometres, every week.

Their HB-G series of PM fibers is the clear market-leader in fiber optic gyroscopes, whilst IsoGain™ erbium-doped, SM bend-insensitive singlemode and CP cladding-pump fibers hold commanding positions in EDFA, acoustic sensor and high power FTTx amplifier applications.

FiberLogix Intl Limited

Fiberlogix manufactures “Specialty Fibers”, “All-fiber Passive” Devices and supplies FBG design and Services.

Specialty fibers: High NA fibers, Single Mode fibers, 80um and 65um Reduced clad fibers, Multi-Mode fibers, Photosensitive. All fibers can be coated with High Temperature Acrylate and Polyimide coatings. On top PEEK may be buffered.

Passive devices: Polarizers, Depolarizers, PM Couplers, Mini Couplers, Polarization Controller, Polarization Filter, Beam Combiner, High Power Isolators and Circulators.

FBG Design and Services: FBGs Inscribed on Normal Single Mode fibers and also on reduced clad 80um and 65um fibers. With High Temperature Acrylate and Polyimide coatings. Services include design, mount and characterise/calibration.

Gooch & Housego Plc

Gooch & Housego is a global manufacturer of custom precision optics, acousto optics, electro optics and fibre optic components; RF driver electronics, sub systems and test & measurement systems. This is combined with material engineering, crystal growth, polishing and coating capabilities. We are the end to end solution provider for the Aerospace, Defence, Industrial, Semiconductor, Research, Biomedical & Life Sciences Markets. For further information please visit our website:

M Squared Lasers Ltd

Pushing application boundaries requires tools that can be depended on to deliver breakthrough performance. Recognizing this, M Squared provides Dependable Innovation™ — next-generation, workhorse diode-pumped lasers and instruments that solve problems and progress applications.

M Squared’s expertise spans the entire laser performance spectrum, from CW to fs and DUV to THz, and covers a diverse range of applications.

OpTek Systems

OpTek Systems, based in Abingdon, UK is a world leader in the provision of advanced laser processing and inspection solutions. The company supplies solutions in the form of in-line modules, fully integrated machine tools and sub-contract services.

Typical examples include, cutting and shaping optical fibre, high speed drilling of injection moulded components, scribing of photovoltaic and display materials, cutting, drilling and fusing of quartz, bio-sensor processing, precision spray and injection nozzles, conventional and plastic electronics.

From proof of principle and process development through to full production OpTek can support your micromachining needs.

Sensoptics Ltd

Sensoptics Ltd. is a world-leading manufacturer of fiber-optic acoustic sensors for demanding security applications.

Sensoptics Cobalt™ system provides a highly cost-effective way to protect large perimeters, international borders, pipelines and cables.

Using novel optoelectronics and signal processing techniques, Cobalt transforms a standard single-mode telecommunications fiber into an array of thousands of virtual acoustic sensors. Cobalt monitors each of these simultaneously and performs signature categorization to determine the type of activity at each location. When a threat is identified, Cobalt displays its location (to within 10 metres [33 ft]) on a representative map, plan or aerial photograph.

SG Controls

Since its foundation in 1979, to serve the needs of the then emerging Optical Fibre and Cable Manufacturing Industry, SG Controls has become the acknowledged world leader in supplying both process equipment and manufacturing technology to this industry.

Their unique policy of integrating proven process know-how and equipment design towards fulfilling the specific needs of the individual client, has given SG Controls a unique reservoir of experience and expertise in both process technology and equipment design which is reflected across our entire product range. This resource, backed by their in-house design, development and manufacturing capability, with full 'hands-on' customer process training and demonstration facilities, enables SG Controls to offer a unique range of services to the industry.

SPI Lasers UK Ltd

SPI Lasers, SPI Lasers, a wholly owned subsidiary of the TRUMPF group, is a leading designer and manufacturer of energy efficient, flexible fiber lasers. Welding, cutting, marking and micro-machining operations can be carried out faster and more accurately with an SPI Laser for better reliability, less waste, improved productivity, and for use in materials processing applications in a wide range of industries. Our technology solves manufacturing problems; it moves the boundaries of what is possible, making good products better and enabling new designs.

Stratophase Ltd

Stratophase produces optical microchip sensors, allowing robust monitoring in the field – bringing the lab measurements to the application. In native form the sensors monitor the optical properties of liquids at multiple wavelengths, allowing multipoint online ‘concentration tracking’ and ‘compositional finger printing’, ideal for use in industrial processing applications. When functionalised with antibodies the sensors become highly sensitive and selective biochemical detectors, capable of detecting all classes of biological targets including proteins, toxins, viruses and bacteria, making the technology suitable for bio-threat detection and point of care diagnostics.