Future Photonics Hub

Bringing together the expertise of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and the EPSRC National Centre for III-V Technologies at the University of Sheffield, the Future High Value Photonics Hub will provide national leadership in manufacturing for the next-generation of photonics technologies. It will underpin growth of the UK's £10 billion photonics industry and support the £600 billion of UK manufacturing output that depends on photonics. It will do this by being the go-to place for the UK photonics industry who are interested in:

  • improving existing manufacturing processes for production of photonics components
  • supply of prototype components and sub-systems to their designs
  • a one-stop-shop for trialling user ideas and developing new manufacturing processes

In addition to this user pull, the Hub will push out new processes that enable hitherto difficult or expensive device/component ideas resulting from EPSRC investments in advanced photonics research.

Key Academic and Industrial Partners


  • University of Southampton
  • University of Sheffield


  • AFE Ltd
  • AWE
  • BAE Systems
  • Centre for Process Innovation Ltd
  • CIP Technologies
  • Coherent Scotland Ltd
  • Dstl
  • Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC), Torbay
  • EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology
  • EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-Based Production Processes
  • European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)
  • EW Simulation Technology Ltd
  • Fianium Ltd
  • Fibercore Ltd
  • Fraunhofer UK
  • Gas Analysis and Sensing Group (GASG)
  • GE Oil and Gas Sondex Wireline
  • Gooch and Housego Plc
  • GTS Ltd
  • Han’s Laser Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd
  • Heraeus Quartzglas GmbH & Co. KG
  • High-Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • II-VI Photonics
  • IQE Plc
  • IS-Instruments Ltd
  • Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd
  • LAND Instruments International Ltd
  • Lynton Lasers Ltd
  • M Squared Lasers Ltd
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Oclaro Technologies Ltd
  • OpTek Systems Ltd
  • Optocap Ltd
  • Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology
  • Phoenix Photonics Ltd
  • Photonics4All
  • Plessey Semiconductors Ltd
  • QinetiQ Ltd
  • Qioptiq Ltd
  • Renishaw Plc
  • Seagate
  • Selex ES Ltd
  • SG Controls Ltd
  • Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd
  • SPI Lasers UK Ltd
  • VLC Photonics
  • Xmark Media


  • Professor Sir David Payne, Director
  • Tel: +44 23 8059 3583
  • E-mail: dnp@soton.ac.uk