More than 30,000 New Yorkers were employed at firms in the Optics and Imaging industry in 2012. These technologies are enablers of productivity and efficiency, have broad impacts and are at the core of all communications. R&D and skilled talent are the lifeblood of these industries. NY strategically invested in both for the last 20 years and as a result leads the nation in combined public and private R&D. A continuing stream of advances in these sectors pours from the state’s top universities and commercial laboratories.
Key Industry Subsets
Some of the most notable activities in New York State include:
Electronics assembly – printed circuit boards and sub-assemblies
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
Optical component research and production, including prototypes, specialized instruments and lenses
Photonics and materials
Manufacturing of wireless and RF communication equipment
Digital imaging, lasers, and vision science
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