Photonics West 2016

The week of February 13 - 18 saw one of the most successful ever Photonics West technical conference and trade exhibitions.  New this year was a Montana cluster of photonics companies and support organizations.  The cluster had an excellent location, very near the entrance to one of the main halls.

The following companies participated in the Montana Cluster.

Bridger Photonics
FLIR/Scientific Materials
Lattice Materials
Montana Photonics Industry Alliance
Quantum Composers
Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Wavelength Electronics

In addition, the following Montana photonics companies exhibited at Photonics West but maintained separate booths.

Altos Photonics
Newport/ILX Lightwave
Quantel USA
Montana Instruments

Also new this year was a separate MPIA booth.  This booth was paid for by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and becomes the property of the MPIA for use at future trade shows.  The MPIA booth was used to provide table space and banners for OpTec and Revebro Optics at reduced cost.  Thanks again to Lisa Mueller of Wavelength Electronics for her work on making arrangements for the cluster as well as designing and procuring the MPIA booth.

Finally, a Montana Reception was again sponsored this year by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  The reception was held on Wednesday evening starting at 5pm with about 90 people attending.  This was about twice the turnout compared to the prior two years.  

Special thanks to all of the participants in the Montana Cluster, Lisa Mueller for her creative and organizational work, Rufus Cone for the photography and to John Rogers and the Montana Governors' Office of Economic Development for their ongoing support of the MPIA.