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nmOptics Releases: Photonics in New Mexico
As a part of its goal of measuring the economic impact of optics and photonics in its region, the New Mexico Optics Industry Association (nmOptics) performed research and developed a comprehensive report on the optics and photonics industry in New Mexico. Measuring the size of an industry is difficult for many reasons. Questions to be researched include: what categories to include? what data are available? This report, Photonics in New Mexico, Diverse Industry Poised For Growth, is a broad look into the profile of the NM optics and photonics industry.
nmOptics’ vice president and principal researcher, Lynore Abbott, led the activity which was sponsored through the generous support of the City of Albuquerque, the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. Developing the report is a part of nmOptics on-going sponsorship and advocacy for the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) launched as a result of the 2012 National Academies National Research Council Report, “Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for our Nation.”
“Without the sponsorship and financial support from the City of Albuquerque, the New Mexico MEP, and SPIE, we would not have been able to develop this Report,” said Jim McNally, Chairman of nmOptics. “Lynore Abbott did a superb job mining the data on Photonics companies and research institutes in NM, and developing the Report findings.”
The Report details the business demographics and measures the economic impact of Photonics to the state’s economy, and supports development of a global profile of the Photonics market.
McNally continued, “The recognition of the importance of the international problem-solving potential of light technology is further highlighted as the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015). The focus of IYL2015 is to promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world and raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.
Lynore Abbott, founding CEO of Logical Marketing, stated that “Our findings demonstrate that Photonics is an enabling technology that touches nearly every GDP category. I believe it is helpful to share this data and methodology in support of other people trying to measure economic impact.”