Monday, 10 October 2022

Securing Europe’s digital sovereignty - Photonics Supply Chain Survey*

The European Technology Platform Photonics21 and the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) have teamed up to analyse whether the European photonics industry is currently facing supply chain issues similar to those reported for the microelectronics industry.

Critical: Photonics Supply Chains

We, the photonics industry community, consider it important in the current geopolitical situation to determine in a substantiated manner whether European photonic supply chains are broken and require immediate counteractions, be it at political or business level.

This question is valid both, in our role as manufacturers of critical photonic components, systems and products, which in turn depend on functioning supply chains and in our role as indispensable suppliers to many OEMs and end-user markets and their system-relevant products and applications.

Supply Chain Survey: Profound arguments for Society and Politics

In order to know more and better about our critical supply chains and to be better positioned to argue on an evidential basis, EPIC and Photonics21 have decided to launch a survey that looks more closely at the different aspects of the supply chains, both upstream and downstream.

Kindly ask for your support

We would like to ask you for your support and a little time to fill in the questionnaire below and give us your valuable feedback.

The online questionnaire is divided into 4 parts:

  1. Cover Sheet - will be separated from the rest
  2. Your Company Statistics
  3. Your affiliation as Purchaser
  4. Your affiliation as Supplier

Data confidentiality: Important for us

We are aware that some questions are of a sensitive and confidential nature. Therefore, we ensure through the structure of the questionnaire that all statistics and supply chain information cannot be attributed to your specific answers. For this purpose, the attached "cover sheet" will be separated from the questionnaire parts 2,3 and 4 for the evaluation, so that the name of your company cannot be assigned to the answers.

In addition, only a few questions are marked as "mandatory". You can always skip questions and move on to the next question and/or add your opinions and findings in a more general form in a free field.

For the analysis of the data, we will cooperate with the French Consulting and Market Research company Tematys, which most of you know from prior Research and Consulting Reports conducted with them. Only anonymized data will be shared with Tematys.

Important and representative data needed

It is of crucial importance to us that this survey provides us with a representative overview of the supply chain situation in our - albeit diversified - industry, so that the conclusions can be used as a basis for future evidential action amongst key influencers and stakeholders in both politics and society.

Next Steps: How to communicate results

We will perform an evaluation of the data provided. The anonymized and aggregated results will then be shared with political decision makers and may be published by EPIC and Photonics21.

We kindly ask you for your time and support by filling out the supply chain survey - or please pass it to the relevant contact in your company.

To the survey

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to get back to us.


Photonics21 Secretariat EPIC
Markus Wilkens / Sylvie Rijkers Defrasne / Ursula Tober Carlos Lee



*kindly supported by Spectaris

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