The PIMAP Partnership successfully organised its first workshop dedicated to SME internationalisation and cross-sectoral collaboration in the framework of the Optics & Photonics Days 2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland. The event gathered all cluster partners from the PIMAP Partnership (Alpha-Route des Lasers et des Hyperfréquences, Joensuu Science Park , Triple Steelix and PRODUTECH) as well as over 10 SMEs from the Partnership.
The workshop allowed to strengthen the links between the members of the Partnership and their SMEs, as part of the mutual learning activities conducted in the framework of the project. The discussions between the participants highlighted real opportunities for cross-sectoral cooperation activities between SMEs operating in photonics and advanced manufacturing.
The event also represented the chance for the participants to exchange on services supporting cross-sectoral cooperation and internationalisation in each cluster ecosystem and identify which ones correspond the best to their needs and expectations. They also explore opportunities to organise joint business missions to the United-States and Canada, as part of the PIMAP project.
The European Technology Platform Photonics 21 also engaged in the discussions thanks to the participation of Photonics Finland and Photonics Sweden (Nordic Workgroup) and provided valuable insights based on their experience.
The project partners took advantage of the Optics and Photonics Days 2018 and attended to the opening of the conference. They listened to a speech delivered by Prof. Jyrki Saarinen (University of Eastern Finland) on new perspectives for photonics at the age of the Industry 4.0. The day of event ended with a get together cocktail with the participants of the Optics and Photonics Days 2018.