23 July 2007

Trumpf and Jenoptik found a joint venture company for new laser components

The Trumpf Group, Ditzingen, and Jenoptik AG, Jena has announced their intent to expand cooperation, which goes back to 2001, and set up a joint venture. The two partners will bundle their activities in the area of new laser components and will each have a 50 percent share of JT Optical Engine GmbH + Co. KG. Headquartered in Jena and comprising 20 staff members, the joint venture still requires antitrust approval.

JT Optical Engine will develop, produce, and sell optical modules known as "optical engines" for fibre-optic lasers. Next to pump diodes, control and beam management, the optical engine is an important component in fibre laser devices. The joint venture company will offer the modules to third parties worldwide and supply both Jenoptik and Trumpf.

The demand for fibre lasers with very high beam quality and power outputs below one kilowatt is very promising but still small relative to the entire market. "We would like to unlock and expand the market for low-power fibre lasers with our joint venture company by offering industrial optical systems for a wide range of different fibre laser devices," says Peter Leibinger, Vice-Chairman of the Trumpf Managing Board. For Trumpf and Jenoptik, this also means the expansion at the low-power side of their diode-pumped solid-state laser product range.

According to Jenoptik board member, Dr. Michael Mertin, "both partners complement one another ideally: Trumpf's fibre-optic laser development strengthens the partnership. Jenoptik brings experience in the volume production of laser components and laser systems."

Trumpf and Jenoptik are thereby expanding their long-time, successful partnership in the area of new laser technologies. The two companies have been working together in the area of high-power diode lasers for several years. Trumpf has held a 25.1 percent share of Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH since 2001. Jenoptik develops, produces, and sells high-power diode lasers, which are used as "pump sources" in solid-state lasers.

Contact: Gerry Jones

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