ROFIN-Baasel UK is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2016 with a strong track record of growth and success stretching over 20 years. On 22 November 1995 the company Baasel Lasertech UK Limited was formed with offices in Sopwith Way, Daventry. Now, 20 years later, the company has grown into a major player in the UK laser material processing market through a number of mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.
The three original employees who moved from the Banbury-based company that was distributing Baasel lasers in the UK, are still working at the firm. Andrew May is Managing Director, Mike Batchelor is Sales Manager and Allan Hardisty is Operations Manager. In the first year of trading the company turned over £971k and employed 4 people.
In 2000, Hamburg based ROFIN-Sinar acquired Baasel Lasertech GmbH, located in Starnberg near Munich and the subsidiary companies around the world were merged. During this year ROFIN-Sinar UK and Baasel Lasertech UK were combined to form ROFIN-Baasel UK under the same management as previously, but adding 9 staff from the offices of ROFIN-Sinar UK in Hinckley. ROFIN-Baasel UK achieved steady growth in the core markets of laser marking and engraving systems together with fine cutting systems and laser welding equipment. Markets served include automotive, electronics, machine tools, jewellery manufacturing, medical device manufacturing and packaging.
Having moved in 1999 and then 2001 to bigger premises in Brunel Close, Daventry, in 2006 ROFIN-Baasel UK moved to their current premises in Sopwith Way which includes an impressive demonstration area and a large parts warehouse supplying next-day delivery of spare parts and consumables to a large customer base of over 1,200 customers in the UK.
In 2007, ROFIN-Baasel UK acquired the company ES Technology, a supplier of laser components, subcontract laser engraving and turnkey customised laser systems, based near Oxford. Adding this company brought new potential for growth and increased the total staff to 37.
Now the combined company ROFIN-Baasel UK is a major supplier of systems for laser material processing into the UK and Ireland. Today, ROFIN-Baasel UK has a staff of 48 and turnover of £11 million.