Anneliese met with Chris Emslie, CEO of Fibercore, and Fibercore employees to see how they are developing exciting optical fiber technologies.
They also discussed the importance of high tech engineering jobs in Southampton and across the South East, and how these jobs contribute to the South East's strong local economy.
Fibercore is a market-leading company in the field of optical fibers, exporting products to over 50 countries across the globe. Optical fibers are now used in a variety of different engineering sectors, from telecommunications to monitoring the structural health of wind turbines and other structures. Anneliese was pleased to see that the exciting technological advances in optical fiber technology came out of scientific research done at the University of Southampton, showing that the South East’s research and industry are working together to make the South East a hub of high-tech industry.
“It was fantastic to have a chance to meet employees of Fibercore and talk to them about what more can be done to encourage young people in the UK to enter careers in engineering. Careers in engineering can be hugely rewarding, both for the individual, and for the wider economy, and it is essential that high-tech engineering jobs like those I saw today remain in Southampton for future generations. I’m really concerned that if the UK leaves the EU, jobs like these could end up going elsewhere – a risk we really can’t afford to take.”