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Lithuanian Laser Association

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General Information
Year Established: 
Monday, 10 January, 2005
Number of employees in the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Lietuva
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Baltic Photonics Cluster
European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)
KlasterLT
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Petras
Balkevicius
Cluster Manager
+37052729714
petras.balkevicius@eksma.eu
Algis
Piskarskas
Internationalisation Responsible
+37052366005
Algis.Piskarskas@ff.vu.lt
Languages spoken: 
English
Lithuanian
Russian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Micromachining, nanomachining
Optical Technology related to measurements
Optics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Photonics
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Engineering Manufacturing
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
21
Number of SME members: 
19
Number of larger company members: 
0
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
14
Entrepreneurship and start-up support organisations: 
Name and link of major players: 
NameTypeWebsite
Vilnius university (Quantum Electronics Departament & Laser Research Centre)
University
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (Department of Laser Technologies)
Technology Center
Light Conversion
SME
Ekspla
SME
Eksma
SME
Eksma Optics
SME
Altechna R&D
SME
Altechna
SME
Optida
SME
Brolis Semiconductors
SME
Standa
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The mission of the cluster is to promote the Lithuanian laser sector and facilitate the cooperation of laser industry with research and public sector institutions. The objectives are:

1) To represent the cluster companies in the public institutions;

2) To publisize and promote the achievements of the laser sector;

3) To cooperate with international photonics networks and clusters.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Details of support services: 

The services provided by by the cluster include:

  • Direct access to a large number of laser companies in Europe 
  • Access to the R&D base in photonics and laser technologies
  • Joint market exploration in third countries (Asia, North America)
  • Support for marketing efforts in the European Union
  • Advice and insight on the regulatory matters
  • Representation at trade shows and trade missions
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through international activities: 
China
Japan
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
South Africa
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through trans-national activities: 
France
Germany
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

The cluster organises the representation of the cluster companies at the major international trade shows, including : Laser World of Photonics, Munich, Germany; LASER World of Photonics China; The Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), USA; Laser Korea and others. 

Being a member of European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), the cluster has access to a wide network of EPIC members and supports the cluster companies in participating in the EPIC activities organised globally. 

Further, the association is collaborating with LITEK cluster supporting the COSME partnership LASER-GO (coordinated by LITEK) with involvement of the cluster companies in the LASER-GO cluster missions; the most recent one being a mission to South Africa, co-organised jointly with LITEK and EPIC.

 

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
http://www.litek.lt/en/index.php?pg=1&pl=270
http://www.routedeslasers.com/
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
INTERREG

Project “Professional training in High-Technology companies“ (2008-2012)
The aim of the project was to develop professional skills of employees of the laser technology enterprises. The total value of the project – 1,3 million euros.

European Structural Investment Funds 2007-2013 

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The cluster has succeeded in establishing a brand name for the Lithuania laser industry in the field of scientific lasers and their use in the advanced instrumentation. Thanks to the cluster networking and marketing efforts the Lithuanian lasers have been installed in some 80 universities of the Top100 universities globally. Photonics and laser technology has become one of the smart specialization priorities supported by the EU funds. The annual CAGR of the cluster members is more than 10%, and the overall sales amount to 100 MEUR in the sector which has created 1000 high-paid jobs clustered within 10 sq. km around the centre of Vilnius.

Why partners should choose you for cooperation?: 

The cluster can provide partnerts with access to advanced technologies and key competencies in the following areas:

  • High peak power laser systems. TW & PW lasers;
  • Short & ultrashort pulse generation & amplification;
  • Tunable nonlinear devices (OPO, OPA, etc.);
  • Nonlinear spectroscopy;
  • Microfabrication: processes & workstations;
  • Fast high voltage electronics;
  • High power electronics;
  • Optics, mechanics & electronics components.