“Science and Technology Park of Institute of Physics” with its partners – LITEK members – completed the project “The Creation of Infrastructure of Training and Research Center of Laser & Engineering Technologies cluster”
Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania and Lithuania Business Support Agency (LBSA) has signed an agreement with Science and Technology Park of Institute of Physics on aid for the project “The Creation of Infrastructure of Training and Research Center of Laser & Engineering Technologies cluster”, according to the Economic Growth Action Plan Priority No. 1 “For competitiveness and economic growth of research and technological development” Inoklaster LT +, on 25th October, 2011. The funding from the European Regional Development Fund was more than 1.27€ million. Partners of this project invested about 1.99 € million Euros of private funds.
This project was implemented by Laser & Engineering Technologies cluster (LITEK) that connects twelve companies and organizations operating in the laser and associated engineering technologies carrying out joint projects. Currently, members of LITEK are JSC Arginta, JSC Arginta Engineering, JSC Eksma, Elas, Ltd, JSC Ekspla, Science and Technology Park of Institute of Physics (Cluster Coordinator), Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Public entity Intechcentras, JSC Optida, JSC Optolita, JSC Optonas, JSC Progressive Business Solutions. General annual turnover of LITEK companies are over 50 million Eur ant they have more than 490 employees. Cluster have joined two new members – AmpLight KG (Austria) and TOPAG LASERTECHNIK GmbH (Germany) and there was signed a collaboration agreement with the South European Optics and Photonics Cluster SECPhO (Southern European Cluster of Optics and Photonics), Spain, in 2014.
|Fig 1. Training and Research Center of Laser & Engineering Technologies cluster, 2014.|
The goal of this project was to create a training and research infrastructure of LITEK so that would allow the members of cluster and other sector companies to cooperate more closely in the R & D activities and the development of new products. During this project there was built and equipped with the latest scientific and technological software the Center of Teaching and Research – LITEK. It houses 15 research laboratories and training center. LITEK Teaching and Research Center will further encourage the cooperation of science and business, enhance industry knowledge and technology diffusion environment and contribute to the Lithuanian laser technology and engineering development of the sector at international level.