Optics/photonics business statements on COVID-19 show grit in the face of adversity

Laser Focus World’s compiled list of links to optics/photonics company, university, and other institutions’ statements on COVID-19 shows that safety is paramount, and the industry is crucial to solving pandemic problems.

By John Wallace

Covid Company Responses

To help keep Laser Focus World’s audience up to date on the state of the optics and photonics industry in the age of the coronavirus, we have compiled a list of links to statements that optics and photonics companies — as well as universities and other institutions — have made concerning COVID-19. Most, but not all, of these statements describe steps taken to maintain safety while keeping business underway; others describe efforts to develop new products to help the world overcome this pandemic.

A number of things are evident in these statements:

–It is clear that safety, both for employees and customers, is paramount.

–The supply chain appears to remain strong as of late March.

–Numerous companies have crucial roles in defense, medical, and semiconductor supply chains and are thus deemed “essential businesses,” meaning they may stay open even under more-extreme government-specified shutdown measures.

–The dedication of our industry in keeping things as close to “business as usual” as possible is obvious.

This list was originally compiled on March 25, 2020 and is being updated and added to by Laser Focus World editors as we receive new information. If you want your company’s or institution’s link to be added, or your company or institution is on the list and you have an updated link (or you have simply updated the page and want us to note the new date), please send the link to: John Wallace, Senior Editor, Laser Focus World (note: please send links only, no text statements).

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