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Meet SPECTARIS - German industry association for Optics & Photonics

Our Partner SPECTARIS is a German industry association for the hightech medium-sized business sector and representative body in the areas of medical technology, consumer optics, analytical, bio and laboratory technology as well as photonics. Innovation and growth characterize the different industry sectors and their 330,000 strong workforce. Technologies developed there are used in almost all branches of industry, making them an essential motor for the German economy.


SPECTARIS pools the interests of around 450 member companies from Germany, associated in four different sector-specific branches. Through its political activities, public relations and industry marketing, the association gives its members a voice, formulates new responsibilities and opens up new markets. This ensures the international competitiveness of German industry in these sectors and thus safeguards locations and jobs.


  1. SPECTARIS specifically promotes the industry interests through four communication channels and constitutes an active juncture between politics, economics, science and the media.

  2. SPECTARIS lays tangible foundations for entrepreneurial decisions through its national, European and global market reviews and industry data, thus creating substantial economic advantages.

  3. SPECTARIS' technological guidance guarantees access to monetary support programs for its members

  4. SPECTARIS offers guidance on the global market and supports its members in securing international contacts.


SPECTARIS uses the export promotion measures of the Federal Government to flank the export activities of their member companies and actively contributes proposals on their sectors to the respective programmes. Their members regulary take part in export initiatives such as the Foreign Trade Fair Programme (AMP) or Market Development Programm (MEP) funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


Especially for medical technology, numerous support measures for the sector are offered through the Export Initiative for the German Healthcare Industry based at GTAI. The overriding goals of the initiative are both the bundling of existing offers and the elimination of information deficits about foreign markets. Among other things, events are regularly organised with the participation of companies in Germany and abroad with the aim of marketing the German medical technology sector worldwide. SPECTARIS also provides sector-specific background information on the most interesting foreign markets via current market information - often in cooperation with their partner organisations such as Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI).


For more information visit our partner website https://www.spectaris.de/en/.

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