OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA), a division of The Optical Society (OSA), was founded in 1991. OIDA serves and represents organizations engaged in the business of optics and photonics - from start-ups to Fortune 500s. In support of its member companies, OIDA promotes and protects the business of optics and photonics in driving innovation, creating jobs, and accelerating growth in the U.S. and around the world. OIDA provides exclusive roadmap reports and market data for the industry, serves as the voice of the industry to government and academia, acts as a liaison with several associations worldwide and provides a network for the exchange of ideas and information within the optics and photonics community.
U.S. Source: OIDA (2017) from Laser Focus World magazine issues.
OIDA estimates that 3.7 million people are employed in manufacturing of optics and photonics products, generating $430 billion in revenue annually. Optics and photonics products enable virtually the entire global economy, through technologies in microlithography, optical communications, displays, medical devices, and much more. The laser industry alone has grown over 1,000X in 55 years, and continues to grow into new regions and applications.
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