BACKGROUND

The Optoelectronics develops high technology components which are competitive with the more innovative productions and markets on an international scale.
Globally, sales in the Optoelectronics industry are estimated at 228 billion euros, with an expected average growth rate (period 2005-2015) of 7.5% per year, with peaks of more than 10% in developing areas referring to the use of solar energy, the manufacturing technologies, optical components and systems and optical communications.
At European level, the turnover is about 50 billion euros (2007), with an expected average growth rate of 10% per year. Companies operating in the area are about 5,000, with a number of employees of about 246,000.
In Italy the production is estimated at 9 billion euros (2007), with a number of approximately 200 major companies and approximately 15,000 employees. National research also shows a strong presence in the public sector, with 130 groups from Universities and Research Laboratories and about 1500 researchers.
Optoelectronics in Tuscany
The feasibility study OPTONET2, coordinated by IFAC-CNR in 2010, has provided the mapping of the sector through the data regarding the turnover, the technologies used by the companies, their needs in terms of qualified consultancy services and the network of R&D organizations.
Of about 115 companies contacted, more than 50 have expressed their interest in being involved in the activities of the Pole. They represent a total of about 4000 people, of which about 13% are engaged in R & D. The estimated total volume of business (referred to the interviewed companies) has been of more than 1000 million Euros per year.

Strengths:
• Significant growth potential inherent in technology.
• Presence of some leading companies with towing function.
• Flexibility of SMEs in the diversification of products and applications.
• Presence of high level skills in the Academy.
• Exploitation of the network of public research laboratories.
• Presence of functional centerscentres for the development.
Weaknesses:
• Lack of organized actions of scouting and marketing.
• Poor attitude of companies for the networking activity.
• Most of the companies are small- and micro- sized.
• Financial resources are fragmented and access there is a difficult access to credit is difficult.
• Deficiencies in the organization of strategic training activities.
• Lack of information about public funding opportunities.