Date Announced: 16 Sep 2021
Alter Technology is setting up new Photonics Design Centre in Scotland, UK to accelerate commercialisation of photonic products into quantum technology and space markets.
The new Design Centre will focus on supporting the Group’s development of highly integrated, miniaturised and robust photonic products to be used in the quantum enabled positioning, navigation and timing systems and photonics-based satellite optical communications. The design centre will complement the current facilities and operations of Alter Technology Group.
The Centre will be strategically set-up in the Central Belt of Scotland to tap into the strong quantum and space funding landscape within the UK and to be close to the vibrant Scottish Photonics, Quantum and Space eco-system and talent pool.
Alter Group will allocate around €6 million to in the Design Centre and its UK manufacturing site in the next 3-5 years to fund equipment, facilities, personnel and other R&D costs. The existing Livingston, UK based manufacturing site will also benefit from additional investment in associated state-of-the-art robotic based manufacturing equipment and processes for photonic products.
Stephen Duffy, CEO, said “Today’s investment builds upon the significant progress already made within Alter UK on laser products for Quantum applications and optical transceivers for intra-satellite communications and will provide the resources and expertise to fully exploit these emerging and growing markets.”
Funding from the UK National Quantum Program and UKSA and the close co-operation with UK Universities and Research and Technology Organisations has been a key factor in the decision to locate this Centre in the UK. I look forward to the continued successful partnerships with our stakeholders as we advance our exciting product roadmap in the years ahead.”
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