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Dr. Michael Mertin has been elected as new President of Photonics21

Over the next years the Jenoptik CEO will represent the European Technology Platform for photonics. He takes over the position from departing President Martin Goetzeler of Osram

(PresseBox) (Jena, ) The Board of Stakeholder of the European Technology Platform Photonics21 has elected Dr. Michael Mertin, CEO of JENOPTIK AG, Jena, as new President. In this function he will lead the photonics community during a decisive phase regarding the development of optical technologies.

From 2014 onwards, current European research and innovation programs will be combined in a new EU Commission's framework - Horizon 2020 -, among them those of the photonic industries. Photonics is considered to have a key impact on the development of other sectors. That is why the EU Commission defined photonics in 2009 as one of five Key Enabling Technologies with great growth potential.

In his introductory address, Dr. Mertin confirmed that Photonics21 welcomes the EU Commission's new Horizon 2020 program with its strong emphasis on funding for innovation, and focus on achieving real impact on growth and jobs. "This implies that Europe is fully exploiting and developing those technologies, in which Europe has a strong and well-established industry base, able to gain and defend a leading competitive position."

Growth Market Photonics.

In December 2005 the European Technology Platform Photonics21 was set up as an industry-driven platform to unify the community in the area of optical technologies. Today, about 2,000 representatives of industry and science from most European countries have joined together to further advance Europe's position in optical technologies in the 21st century.

The current global photonics market is estimated to be 300 billion euros. Europe's share of this world market is approaching 60 billion euros in 2012. According to industry estimates, the global market can grow to 480 to 500 billion euros in 2015. A study by the EU Commission finds that 20 to 30 percent of European business activities are dependent upon photonics. Optical technologies can be found in many everyday areas like energy-efficient lighting, laser material processing, medical diagnostics as well as information and communication technologies.

Please find further information on the photonics industries on the Photonics21 and OptecNet websites, representing the German Competence Networks for Optical Technologies.

A detailed résumé and pictures of Dr. Michael Mertin can be found on the Management pages and Picture Database of Jenoptik.


As an integrated optoelectronics group Jenoptik operates in the five divisions Lasers & Material Processing, Optical Systems, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, security and defense technology as well as the aviation industry. The Group has more than 3,100 employees all over the world and generated sales of approx. 543 million euros in 2011.

Michael Mertin is President and CEO of JENOPTIK AG since July 1st, 2007. Dr. Mertin received his physics degree from the RWTH Aachen, and subsequently gained his PhD from the Fraunhofer Institute for Lasertechnology (FHG-ILT). In 1996 he moved to industry. Over the next ten years he held several senior management positions at Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen, Germany. In October 2006 he moved to JENOPTIK AG, taking the position of COO on the Executive Board. Dr. Mertin is an active member of several economic committees and technology associations, including Spectaris, the German Hightech Industry Association, the Federal and Thuringian Executive Committees of the Economic Council Germany, and the University Council of the Illmenau University of Technology. He also holds the position of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena.