14 October 2011 Optics industry in Spain: a cluster approach to increasing competitiveness through collaboration in R&D and innovation
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Proceedings Volume 8287, Eighth Symposium Optics in Industry; 828703 (2011) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.912360
Event: Eighth Symposium Optics in Industry, 2011, Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico
The optics industry in Spain pooled together to create the Southern European Cluster in Photonics and Optics - SECPhO, founded in April 2009, with the mission to help the sector increase competitiveness, specially through collaboration. From 10 founding members, SECPhO no incorporates over 40 members, which is nearly 40% of the optics industry in the region. From the beginning of operations the cluster has focused on three strategic challenges: R&D+i and Productivity, Visibility and Internationalization, and Betterment and Retention of Talent. A brief summary of the clusters activities is given. In this article, the focus will be on R&D and innovation, through industry driven collaborative initiatives and the tools and actions that lead to successful partnerships. Topics discussed in this work are will be a cluster's role in promoting strategic change, the value chain approach to partnerships, international collaboration in projects and specific cluster activities. Some practical examples of initiatives relating to effective collaboration are described, focusing on one of the mayor challenges of our time: the greening of the planet. Examples will be addressed in smart cities, efficient LASER applications and lightweight optical sensors for civil security. In all cases the collaboration between the public and private sectors is shown.
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Andrés F. Cifuentes, Andrés F. Cifuentes, "Optics industry in Spain: a cluster approach to increasing competitiveness through collaboration in R&D and innovation", Proc. SPIE 8287, Eighth Symposium Optics in Industry, 828703 (14 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.912360; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.912360

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