PIDA leads the way, achieving fruitful results at the 2023 SPIE Photonics West.


The Photonics West 2023 exhibition, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, USA, from January 31 to February 2, has successfully concluded. Photonics West is a global arena for photonics technology, and to enhance the visibility of Taiwan’s photonics industry, the Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA) organized the Taiwan Pavilion. Participating companies included

Sun Yang Optics Development Co., Ltd., Chunghwa Leading Photonics Tech, Taiwan Color Optics, Inc. (TCO), Calin Technology Co.,Ltd., Baso Precision Optics, Ltd., Southport Corporation ©, Arima Lasers Corp., as well as PlayNitride Inc. PIDA stated that a few years ago, the number of Taiwanese exhibitors was limited, but today, the number of Taiwanese exhibitors has been growing annually. This signifies that Taiwan’s industry, in its shift toward a research and development-oriented business model, is gradually establishing a strong presence in the global high-tech industry.

The Photonics West exhibition in 2023 was successfully held. Over 1,100 companies from around the world and tens of thousands of photonics professionals gathered in San Francisco for three days to exchange the latest technological information. The event featured over a thousand sessions of speeches and paper presentations covering a wide range of cutting-edge photonics technologies and applications. Hot topics this year included AR/VR/MR, Quantum Technologies, High Density Advanced Package, Biomedical sciences, Communications Satellite, and more, encompassing all forward-looking aspects of photonics technology.

Exhibiting companies from the Taiwan Pavilion expressed that the attendance at this year’s Photonics West exhibition was higher than in previous years, marking a retaliatory return post-pandemic. They also noted a high level of professionalism and increased customer inquiries. Many of them affirmed the significance of Photonics West as the world’s largest high-tech photonics trade show.

In the Taiwan Pavilion, PlayNitride Inc. showcased Micro LED technology, Arima Lasers Corp. presented laser solutions, TCO exhibited laser and phosphor module, Sun Yang Optics Development Co. featured exposure projection lenses, Southport Corporation © displayed microscopic digital optical inspection, Calin Technology Co.,Ltd. showcased automotive lenses, and Baso Precision Optics, Ltd. presented various large-area glass lenses. Additionally, Chunghwa Leading Photonics Tech exhibited sensors. All of these products garnered significant interest and inquiries from potential customers.

In addition, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C. in San Francisco particularly emphasized the showcase activities of Taiwanese technology companies at the Photonics West exhibition. They visited each Taiwanese company, showing concern and support for Taiwanese exhibitors overseas. This year, Taiwanese exhibitors also included Taiwan Instrument Research Institute, Turning Point Lasers Corp., HC Photonics Corp., Unice E-O Services Inc., Shern Yeong Precise Optical Co., Ltd., Visual Photonics Epitaxy Co., Ltd., East Tender Optoelectronics Corp., and OtO Photonics, demonstrating Taiwan’s strength in the field of photonics technology.

Montana Photonics Industry Alliance looks forward to expanding collaboration with Taiwanese industries.

During the Photonics West exhibition, the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance (MPIA) hosted a reception banquet, extending special invitations to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C. in San Francisco, the Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA), Taiwanese exhibitors such as Turning Point Lasers Corp., Taiwan Color Optics, Inc., and other international companies. Jason Yager, General Manager of the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance, expressed that major universities in Montana have formed alliances, focusing on emerging high-tech industries. They are not only fostering collaboration within the United States but also actively reaching out internationally. The alliance hopes to create development opportunities in collaboration with countries in Asia, especially Taiwan.

The MPIA also places special emphasis on the development of laser technology and its applications, particularly focusing on establishing collaborative alliances with Taiwan. This includes providing production and maintenance services for laser equipment required by the LCD and semiconductor industries. In the future, the PIDA and the MPIA will continue to organize exchange activities to enhance opportunities for mutual cooperation.

Given the outstanding and well-received results of this year’s exhibition, PIDA announced that, in response to customer expectations, it will expand the scale of the Taiwan Pavilion next year. The aim is to create a pavilion that rivals those of advanced countries such as Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and others. PIDA also looks forward to Taiwanese photonics companies working together to contribute to the development of the Taiwanese photonics industry.


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