Optical Technology

Optical Technologies

Brandenburg's excellence in photonics

The photonic industry in Brandenburg has seen a lot of growth in recent years, especially in the area of ophthalmics and optomechanics. The optics cluster in Brandenburg consists of around fifty SMEs with over 2,000 employees in all.

Cluster Optics - Excellence in photonics

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Investment opportunities in Thuringia

Around ten percent of Germany’s photonics companies are located in the state Thuringia, bringing research and production together in an industry landscape without peer in Europe. Thuringia’s photonics industry is characterized by the predominance of small and medium-sized enterprises. All told, companies big and small helped generate photonics turnover of EUR 2.85 billion in 2014 alone.

The dense concentration of photonics actors within the wider technology region of Jena, Erfurt, Ilmenau, and Gera acts as a major locational advantage for the sector, and provides a solid platform for knowledge transfer and partnership.


OptoNet - the Photonics Network

OptoNet represents the interests of around 100 members in Thuringia’s photonics cluster, providing a platform for networking,
exchange and partnership to all photonics industry players in the state. Beyond internationally renowned companies like ZEISS, JENOPTIK, SCHOTT and Jena-Optronik (Airbus Group), OptoNet e. V. includes a large number of small and medium-sized technology company members whose products and services also play a leading or decisive world market role.

Research community members include science institutes like the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) as well as numerous institutions of higher education.

The cluster promotes optical technologies in the region in order to improve competitiveness and optimize cluster visibility – both nationally and internationally.


In 2017, GTAI will continue to host a number of cluster events with participating  clusters from Eastern Germany. More information about event locations and specific cluster topics available direct from this website.


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