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Review W3+ November 2023, Jena

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Big names from Jena are world-famous: Entrepreneurial success stories such as those of ZEISS, Jenoptik and SCHOTT began here. As the cradle of the European optics and photonics industry, Jena has long since established itself as a leading high-tech centre in central Germany. International corporations, but also numerous small and medium-sized companies are based here. To keep up with the innovations and the intersectoral network, SpectroNet was one of the main Partners (Silver Partner!) to sponsor this event.

Jena is not only a centre for research and development, but also for production for global markets – thanks to the high density of expertise in the economic sectors of optics, photonics, health technology, medical technology and precision engineering.

SpectroNet hosted a stand at W3 fair this year together with the Clusterpartner Opto. The organizers would like to continue the format in Jena next year and also expand the space. We can only agree with this and congratulate them on a very successful event that has the potential to become a permanent fixture.

Jena's first industry trade fair brought together players from the cutting-edge technologies of photonics, optics, electronics and mechanics in the Sparkassen-Arena Jena: Over 160 exhibitors, partner associations and speakers met a total of 2027 trade visitors.

A good third of the exhibition space was occupied by companies from Thuringia. However, exhibitors from other federal states and 10 other countries, including the UK, France and the USA, also took the opportunity to present themselves to the region. Satisfaction was high: according to the exhibitor survey, 84% of companies are already making firm plans to attend the next event in September 2024.

The accompanying conference en-tech.talks, which took place at the same time, also got off to a very good start in Jena. High-profile speakers from Jenoptik, Zeiss, ASML, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and many more gave talks over two days in front of a full house. The interest was huge. Our cluster manager Paul led one of the sessions.

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