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With COVID-19 affecting the nation’s economy in every sector, photonics industries have been working to respond to closing factories and delayed exports. Tom Hausken, OSA’s senior industry adviser, offered Photonics Media a look at the current state of the industry.
Photonics Media: What impact have you seen on sectors of the photonics industry as a result of COVID-19?
Tom Hausken: The immediate effect is that the supply chains are disrupted. They were already changing before with the trade war, and now very much more so. But it’s not easy to change suppliers. If you can find new suppliers and qualify them, you may not be able to get the parts on planes right now. And if you can, you may have to pay a premium…READ MORE