EPIC Annual General Meeting 2016

The 2016 EPIC annual general meeting was the largest gathering, with 155 participants from 22 countries. (Source: EPIC)

The 2016 EPIC annual general meeting was the largest gathering, with 155 participants from 22 countries. (Source: EPIC)

The EPIC Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Zurich, Switzerland on 21 – 22 April 2016 and hosted by the main sponsor, the Swiss National Thematic Network Swissphotonics. Hamamatsu, CSEM, Diamond and Edmund Optics were the other sponsors for the AGM this year. EPIC organizes about 15 technology workshops per year which are focused on specific topics. But once a year the 250 members of EPIC are invited to gather at the AGM, which is a high-intensity executive-level event. Notable keynotes speakers presented various topics, including Dr. Klaus Streubel, Osram, Dr. Bert Jan Offrein, IBM Research and Professor Sir David Neil Payne, University of Southampton. Several illuminating presentations were shown and companies were able to demonstrate their competencies through a rich exchange with the other participants, ensuring that the event facilitated not only exchange of technology but business ideas as well. Twenty presentations from EPIC members were offered, highlighting the technological capabilities of the member companies.

This year’s AGM had a particular focus on Asia. Market presentations on the state of photonics industry, specifically in Taiwan and Japan, were presented. GIC showed a presentation explaining their support services for EPIC members desiring to expand in China. The annual AGM also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of agreement between EPIC and Singapore-based Lux Photonics Consortium (see link). The AGM further announced that EPIC will be organizing the “EU-Asia Laser Industry Summit” in Shenzhen, China.

The AGM is also the occasion at which the EPIC Phoenix Award is presented. The award exemplifies and recognizes the challenges and merits of entrepreneurship. The 2016 award was presented to the founders of Raylase, Peter von Jan, CEO, Thomas Baab, Head of Production, and Erwin Wagner, VP New Technologies (see link).

EPIC founder Tom Pearsall moderated an interactive discussion on the competitiveness of the photonics industry. EPIC will publish in a member-only report the findings resulting from the rich exchange, including several key ideas like technology versatility, core competencies, strategic roadmaps, relentless innovation and the focus on increasing value rather than reducing costs. EPIC is also carrying out a very unique salary survey which will be shared among members of the association.

24 EPIC members gathered for a morning jogging across Zurich. (Source: EPIC)

24 EPIC members gathered for a morning jogging across Zurich. (Source: EPIC)

Numerous social activities, such as, a visit to Lumentum’s site, coffee breaks, networking dinners and team-bonding events, were held during the AGM because EPIC believes that common understanding and team spirit is the key to connect member companies and organizations. To enable representatives of EPIC members to get to know each other personally, an early-morning jogging was organized.

Additional meetings that took place in conjunction with the AGM include the EPIC Board of Directors, the 21st meeting of the International Optoelectronics Association (IOA), and a private dinner to discuss on salaries and competitiveness.

The AGM is very much focused on networking and exchange. With 155 participants, this year’s EPIC AGM was the most successful so far. 94 % of the participants indicated a very high satisfaction regarding this year’s event. So make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming AGM on 6 – 7 April 2017 which will be hosted by the High-Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. (Source: EPIC)

Link: European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC, Brussels, Belgium

Further reading: Run West, photonicsviews.com, 17th February 2016 • Lux Photonics Consortium and EPIC Team Up, photonicsviews.com, 10th May 2016Raylase’s Founders Receive EPIC Phoenix Award 2016, photonicsviews.com, 2nd May 2016 


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