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Smart materials, technologies, and engineering systems

Smart materials are the basis for most smart sectors – from biomedicine to smart cities. With 100+ years of experience in engineering and manufacturing, as well as deep-rooted collaboration between academia, industry, and government, Latvia has become an established science hub for smart materials. But our ambitions are even bigger – we want to become the Silicon Valley of the North.


fiber optic products provider in the world


EUR worth of smart material products and solutions exported in 2021


research organizations and SMEs involved in photonics R&D

Experienced global market leaders - this is where our know-how comes from

  • 50+ years of experience in developing unique thin-film technologies. Global supplier of flexible solutions for vacuum deposition equipment and scaling coating technologies. Long-term partner of NASA.

  • World’s leading optical fiber production lab with 40 years of experience. The company provides about 70% of all the fiber optic instruments used in urology.

  • Over 20 years in the market. HansaMatrix develops and manufactures electronic systems for transportation, telecommunications, energy management systems, IoT, medicine, and defense technologies. Partner of Facebook, Apple, VW, Boeing, & more.

  • 19 years of experience developing and manufacturing anti-reflective and other high-performance coatings on glass and acrylic. Partners of the Louvre Museum in Paris, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and many others.

  • A liquid crystal product development company with its own research, industrialization, and manufacturing facility. Inventors of the world’s fastest optical shutter technology. 10+ years of experience in the field.

Next generation of engineering talents

With years of firsthand experience under our belt, we’re now focusing on passing on the know-how to future generations.

Latvia’s universities offer numerous study programs in engineering and natural sciences. Riga Photonics Center offers a mentoring program for students to pair them with already retired researchers. After graduating, new specialists have nearly guaranteed job opportunities to further gain hands-on experience in their fields.


in the world in the number of students entering STEM bachelor programs


of graduates are from engineering and natural sciences programs


DeepTech-focused startup accelerators in Riga

Startups you should know:

  • ALINA – uses innovative production technology to replace toxic chemicals and heavy metals normally used in building materials
  • Lightspace Technologies – photonics and optical solutions company developing AR headsets with superior 3D image quality.
  • Crystals Growing has developed the latest modification of the growth method for a wide range of perfect (ideal) single crystals with new properties.