SPIE To Acquire Photonex, UK’s Top Photonics Exhibition

BELLINGHAM, Wash. and CARDIFF, Wales, June 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has agreed to purchase Xmark Media, organizer of key UK photonics exhibitions. The acquisition expands SPIE activities in Europe, where its technical events are supported by SPIE Europe. With constituents from over 170 countries, SPIE brings worldwide visibility to Photonex Europe, the UK’s premier photonics exhibition.

SPIE To Acquire Photonex, UK’s Top Photonics Exhibition

Photonex Europe showcases the latest photonics technologies, bringing together companies, consultants, industry leaders, and researchers. The 2019 event, co-located with Vacuum Expo, takes place in October, in Coventry, UK.

“SPIE is excited for this opportunity to enhance the UK’s top event in our field,” said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. “We’re thrilled that Xmark Media reached out to us to strengthen support for the photonics community in the UK by including Photonex in the SPIE portfolio.”

“Photonex exhibitors and attendees are innovators of optics and photonics technology, so our community has a natural home within the SPIE family,” said Xmark Media Exhibition and Marketing Director Laurence Devereux. “I have great respect for SPIE, and am delighted that this enables us to continue supporting the growth of the industry in the UK and Europe.”

“This exciting development will further support the global photonics industry, including UK manufacturers and the international companies supplying photonics solutions to UK users,” said UK Photonics Leadership Group Chief Executive John Lincoln.

“The UK is an important market for Edmund Optics, so we are delighted that SPIE is taking Photonex to the next level,” said Edmund Optics President and COO Samuel Sadoulet. “We support the many first-class research and manufacturing organizations in the UK, and remain a proud exhibitor at Photonex.”

SPIE is the leading global organizer of optics and photonics conferences and technical exhibitions. Its flagship, SPIE Photonics West, is held annually in San Francisco.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves 257,000 constituents from 173 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2018, SPIE provided more than $4 million in community support including scholarships and awards, outreach and advocacy programs, travel grants, public policy, and educational resources. www.spie.org.

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