Sector in brief

Almost 140,000 people work in optical technologies – one of the twelve key technologies – in Germany today. Between 2005 and 2016, the production volume of the sector in Germany rose from EUR 17 bn to EUR 31 bn –

a total growth of 82.3 per cent. Bavaria's share of this production is over 50 per cent in the lighting technology, information technology and communications technology sectors, and around 25 per cent in medical technology and life science.

Veronika Reichl (on parental leave)

Investor Services Digitalization & Mobility

Rosenheimer Str. 143C
81671 Munich

% average investment rate in Research & Development

With more than 500 companies in the field of optical technologies, Bavaria is the number one location in Germany. The sector is making waves in many key fields. These include laser technology, additive manufacturing, holography, metrology & sensor technology, laser material processing and fiber optic telecommunications. Photonics is also very significant in the field of biophotonics and medical diagnostics. Key international players such as Ficosa subsidiary Adasens Automotive, Agfa-Gevaert HealthCare, Sill Optik, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Menlo Systems and Toptica Photonics all have sites here. The regional focus areas for optical technologies are Munich-Augsburg, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Regensburg.

Numbers of the photonics industry


companies & research institutes in Bavaria


% export share


bn euros sales in 2018


bn USD global market expectations for 2022

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    Companies in the Bavarian photonics sector

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