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ALPHA-RLH Route des Lasers et des Hyperfréquences
ALPHA-RLH

France: New Aquitaine
Hervé Floch

Overview

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About us

ALPHA - Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences (ALPHA-RLH) is a fairly recent formed technology cluster specializing in photonics, laser and microwave technologies. It is the result of a merger officialized on December 8th, 2016 between two ex-French competitiveness clusters, Alpha-Route des Lasers and Elopsys.

Based in Bordeaux and Limoges, the cluster is focused on 2 technological fields: Photonics-Laser (laser sources and processes, optical components, instrumentation) and Microwave (integrated electronics, radiocommunication systems, radar systems) and 4 strategic applications:

-      Health (medical devices and autonomy): imaging, diagnosis and therapy techniques, technological solutions for people who have lost their independence,

-    Communication and security: components or systems for data transmission, data and network security,

-    Aerospace and defence: embedded optical/optoelectronic systems, innovative solutions for shaping materials, communication, navigation, and lighting,

-     Energy and smart building: solar technology, lighting solutions, energy efficiency, energy storage, connecting or connected devices for buildings.

Digital technology represents a cross-disciplinary activity. It covers digital interfaces, image processing and synthesis, data security and sharing, along with intelligent connecting objects.

Through aggregate skills and expertise, ALPHA-RLH aims to become the French reference cluster in photonics, lasers and microwave technologies. It will enable the cluster to bring out innovation collaborative projects and enrich the support provided to SME members exporting to global markets.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • On-the-job training

Cluster composition

  • 300
    Cluster Members
  • 205
    SME's
  • 32
    Large Companies
  • 23
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 30
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

The start-ups First Light Imaging and Lytid, both members of the Route des Lasers® competitiveness cluster, scored wins at the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation at the Photonics West trade show held from 13 to 18 February in San Francisco.

In the framework of the “China Mission”, the Route des Lasers cluster has recently set up an exhibition showroom in it premises in Suzhou, 100 kilometres west of Shanghai. The showroom will allow enterprises taking part in the mission to present their products and literature.

Further to the merger within a single region of Limousin, home to the Elopsys competitiveness cluster, and Aquitaine, home to the Route des Lasers, the two clusters have planned to merge with each other as of 1st January 2017.

On 17 December 2015, the Institut d’Optique d’Aquitaine in Talence hosted the launch of the Lasers and Health Technology Alliance established within the framework of the 2015-2020 State-Region Projects Contract. The Alliance brings together stakeholders in academic research, technology transfer and the industrial sector to work on projects in the areas of lasers and health.

Management team

International-Europe Manager
Tovena Pecault Isabelle
Internationalisation Responsible
Thomas Colombeau is the Deputy Cluster Manager
Colombeau Thomas
Cluster Manager
Hervé Floch is the Cluster General Manager
Floch Hervé
Cluster Manager
Herault Romain
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Manufacturing:C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
Technology fields
G\: Physics:Measuring; testing - G\: Physics:Optics - G\: Physics:Educating; cryptography; display; advertising; seals - G\: Physics:Information and communication technology [ICT] specially adapted for specific application fields - G\: Physics:Nuclear physics; nuclear engineering
S3 EU priority areas
Aeronautics & space:Aeronautics & environment - Aeronautics & space:Safety & security - Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks and low energy computing - KETs:Advanced manufacturing systems - KETs:Advanced materials - KETs:Micro/Nano-electronics - KETs:Photonics
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Key members

Profile name Location
Triple Steelix / IUC Dalarna AB

Sweden

Services

Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Access to finance: Private funding
Advisory Services
Other (please specify)

Further information

  • INNOVATION PASS

Identification and emergence of innovative projects, assistance in creating collaborative projects, project approval and follow-up, Project approval and follow-up

  • INTERNATIONAL PASS

Information and support in international strategy for companies, presence at international trade fairs, direct access to Chinese and US markets through the cluster’s sales representative

  • BUSINESS PASS

Personalized support for company development, organization of B2B meet-ups between clients and SMEs, easy access to technology transfer centers and platforms

  • FUNDING PASS

Information on access to funding and preparation for fundraising, meetings with investors organized through “InPho Venture Summit, photonics and beyond”

  • SKILLS PASS

Employment platform, PYLA (the continuing education center)

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - On-the-job training

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME

Name & description

Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes) Smart Specialization programme (RIS3)

Project name

PIMAP partnership

Horizon 2020 Project NewSkin : https://www.newskin-oitb.eu/ 

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
China
Israel
Japan
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Finland
Germany
Greece
Lithuania
Portugal

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Connection to cluster organisation(s)

Profile name Location
Moravian Aerospace Cluster, z.s.

Czech Republic

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Name
French Competitiveness and Business Clusters Association (AFPC)
Website
www.afpc.eu
Name
Photonics France
Website
http://www.photonics-france.org/index.php
Name
Photonics21
Website
https://www.photonics21.org/
Name
EuMA
Website
https://www.eumwa.org/
Name
ENDR
Website
https://www.endr.eu/
Name
DIHNAMIC
Website
https://www.dihnamic.eu
Profile name Location

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 20.06.2021
Sino-European Innovation Event of COSME PIMAP+ project: A great success of participation and outcomes!
News Published: 01.02.2021
Developing a community where digital innovation meets investors
Document Published: 01.02.2021
At the INPHO Venture Summit, it is all about supporting entrepreneurs
News Published: 05.11.2020
The coordinator Alpha-RLH has launched European project PIMAP+ Strand 2 to support SME internationalisation!