Photonics BW e. V. - competence network for optical technologies

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The non-profit organization Photonics BW e. V. was founded in July 2000 under the motto "strengthening strengths" and aims at promoting optical technologies in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Today, Photonics BW unites over 70 members from the industrial and research sector, SMEs, start-up companies, banks and advisory institutions.


  • Promoting optical technologies with respect to research, development and application, training and further training as well as the promotion of young talents
  • sustainably strengthening the leading photonic location in Baden-Wuerttemberg and public relations for the advancement of the international competitiveness


  • creating innovation promoting structures through systematic network creation
  • knowledge and technology transfer in companies through bodies of experts
  • project management for the Baden-Wuerttemberg Stiftung within the research program “Photonics, microelectronics, IT
  • mediation and support of research results
  • interdisciplinary cooperation with partner network
  • international marketing by joint stands at home and abroad
  • advanced training for skilled workers in seminars and workshops
  • supporting start-up companies as well as start-up support
  • acquisition of skilled workers for STEM-professions, especially women as a target group
  • promoting young talents through school projects, partnerships and study guides
  • promoting the dialogue between industry, science and government as well as society
  • member lobby
  • public relations

Focal Topics

  • laser material processing
  • optics in medicine and biotechnology
  • optical design and simulation
  • optical data communication
  • optical measurement techniques
  • Solar technology
  • Lighting and display technology
  • Cooperative innovation processes

In 2015 we again received the Cluster Excellence Label Baden-Württemberg.

Are you interested in a network with strong partners working in the future technology “photonic”? Contact us!


Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ehrhardt MBA
Innovationsnetz Optische Technologien
Anton-Huber-Straße 20
73430 Aalen
T +49 7361 633909-1

More information

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Information on the Innovation Cluster:

Members / Cluster Actors

  • Total: 73

  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: 31
  • Large-Scale Enterprises: 18
  • Universities and Colleges: 11
  • Non-University Research Institutions: 7
  • Other Organisations: 6

Key Actors

  • Carl Zeiss AG
  • Daimler AG
  • Dausinger+Giesen GmbH
  • Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
  • Laser Quantum GmbH
  • Manz AG
  • Polytec GmbH
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Roche Diagnostics GmbH
  • Sick AG
  • Trumpf Gruppe
  • Universität Konstanz
  • Universität Stuttgart
  • Hochschule Aalen
  • Hochschule Esslingen
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Physikalische Messtechnik
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme
  • Institut für Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Messtechnik an der Universität Ulm

Fields of Research / Production

  • laser materials processing
  • optical metrology and sensor technology
  • optics in medicine and biotechnology
  • optical data transmission
  • photovoltaics
  • lighting and display technology
  • image processing

Employees in Cluster Management: 4

Year Established: 2000

Excellence measures and awards

Logo des Programms go-cluster Gold Label