The AOIA Mission

Arizona’s optics industry is world-renowned and composed of companies ranging from large aerospace corporations to research facilities and entrepreneurial start-ups situated here in southern Arizona. Over 80% of the Optics related businesses are involved members of the Optics Industry Association.

Tucson is often referred to as “Optics Valley” because of the concentration of highly visible optics-related companies accompanied by a large talent pool. The Optics Cluster represents a broad range of products and services, including optical design and engineering, fiber optic components for telecommunications, lasers and semiconductors, metrology instrumentation, high precision optical fabrication, high volume precision plastic optics, precision measuring and positioning equipment, microscopes, telescopes, opto-electronics, image processing software and optical coatings/thin films.

Benchmark data collected in 2001 suggests that while cluster membership is predominantly from small companies, optics revenue in Tucson alone may account for over $600 million and more than 1400 jobs. Proximity to the Mexican border and an active relationship with Canada’s optics leaders have added to Southern Arizona’s market position.

AOIA Members

Why join AOIA, …..We are here to help you grow your business

  • Learn about new business opportunities
  • Receive information on current optics research in the state
  • Assistance in contacting capturing grants
  • Develop your company international reach
  • Develop your workforce
  • Publicize your company
  • Increase your corporate networking

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Optics Video by Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council Produced a Video: Focus on Optics and Astronomy in Arizona Published on Mar 14, 2016 Tucson, Arizona is labeled optics valley.  We’re going to tell you why. Featured speakers: – Steve G. Zylstra, Arizona Technology Council …
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Trade Talks for the Arizona Optics Industry

  Trade Talks for the Arizona Optics Industry International Opportunities & Overcoming Global Sales Hurdles Please Join Us and your industry associates for learning and discussion Arizona is home to one of the largest and most important optics industry clusters …
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Understanding SBIR/STTR Programs: DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA

Understanding SBIR/STTR Programs: DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA The Arizona Center for Innovation Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM (MST) Westward Look, Wyndham Grant Resort, 245 E. Ina Rd. Tucson, AZ …
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