Lithuanian laser association was established in 2004. The Association brings together institutions and enterprises for the development of its activities in “Photonic and laser technologies” – the one of the Lithuanian Government approved Smart Specialization priorities.
Scientific laser research in Lithuania was started in the seventh decade of the last century. Due to the intensive research activities performed by scientists of Vilnius University and the Institute of Physics, Lithuania now is one of the largest exporters of specific laser systems in the world. At present in the country there are approx. 30 companies engaged in production of lasers, laser systems and components based on own research. More than 80% of laser production is exported to the international market. Lithuania has several research centers (Vilnius University, State research institute Center for Physical Sciences and Technology) carrying out world-class laser research. These centers develop the competence which provides qualified experts for laser technologies.
Lithuanian laser researchers have developed a few unique light sources and start performing applied laser research in the field of industrial laser systems. Qualification and experience of specialists guarantees development of laser products of the highest quality to the international market.
Laser manufacturing sector of Lithuania shows a 15–20% growth per year. Lithuania exports its laser products to 100 world countries, among which there are the largest EU, USA and Japanese laboratories and research centers.