SECPhO - Light Technologies Cluster
SECPhO (Southern European Cluster in Photonics and Optics) was founded in 2009 in Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain. The cluster brings together companies, innovation centers and research groups in the photonics and optics sector in Spain. Currently, it is comprised by more than 60 members. The mission of the cluster is to facilitate and improve the competitiveness of the Spanish Optics and Photonics sector by reaching major growth and profitability. SECPhO’s main objectives are:
- To foster innovation in the field of photonic and optic technologies;
- To generate business opportunities for companies;
- To provide technology centres and research groups with access to projects.
SECPhO has yearly experience and is contributing in innovation generation where main actors are SMEs. This experience was gathered through organization of cross-sectorial innovation workshops nationally and internationally with market oriented clusters like: railway, food packaging, olive oil, wine cork, wine industry, rubber industry, automotive, agricultural machinery, aerospace and others. An original methodology of SECPhO Innovation Workshops helps to create new consortia for national and European funding programs for new product development.
Besides that, SECPhO is a partner in OASIS FP7 CSA project, that opens access of biophotonics research facilities to SMEs and fosters new projects. As one of the areas of interest of RespiceSME project is the applicationof photonics in health, SECPhO will bridge activities and contacts between the two initiatives.
Finally, SECPhO is a coordinator of the European Strategic Cluster Partnership ¨FoodPackLab¨ where besides photonics, clusters from packaging and food sectors are involved with an aim to help the consortium's SMEs to expand their markets in 3rd countries.