TRUMPF has invested nearly 30 million euros in new development and production facilities for solid-state lasers. The new production facility in Schramberg, Germany, will offer 12,000 square meters of additional floor space, enlarging the total available production area to nearly twice its current size. The expansion will provide sufficient space for all production-related departments such as clean rooms, assembly and office areas, which in turn will have a positive effect on material flows and lead times. The new facility in Schramberg is due to begin production by the end of 2017.
"The trend towards using solid-state lasers in industrial production shows no signs of stopping," explains Peter Leibinger, Vice Chairman of the managing board of TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG. In the current 2015/2016 business year, TRUMPF has equipped an average of 60 percent of its machine tools for cutting applications with solid-state lasers. Next year, this number is expected to rise to 70 percent. The demand for solid-state lasers is also on the rise in material processing. "Many industrial applications aren't even possible without solid-state lasers," explains Leibinger. "Microprocessing in particular is a field in which lasers are really tapping into new, fascinating possibilities. But solid-state lasers have also established themselves as reliable laser beam sources in high-power applications such as automobile manufacturing and ship building."