PICALO Conference will host its first International Enterprise Summit

The 3rd Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics (PICALO) will host its first International Enterprise Summit. The conference takes place April 16-18 in Beijing, China.

The PICALO 2008 Summit, presented by the Laser Institute of America (LIA) in cooperation with the Laser Processing Committee of China Optical Society (LPC-COS) and Tsinghua University, will focus on the opportunities and challenges of globalization for laser companies in China, and around the world. It will bring together leaders from the Chinese, European, and North American Laser Industry to give their perspectives on how to compete and collaborate in a global marketplace.

"With the continued advances in laser applications worldwide, there has been a growing demand for laser companies to collaborate with China," states Peter Baker, LIA's Executive Director. "This Summit provides a unique opportunity to listen to some of the top Chinese, European, and North American laser company leaders and discuss the issues the industry is facing globally."

With a unique selection of speakers, the PICALO 2008 Summit will provide insight from industry experts, legal experts, and decision makers on conducting and expanding business in China.

Industry-leading speakers include*:

Günther Braun, ROFIN-SINAR Technologies Inc., Hamburg, Germany

John Ambroseo, Coherent, Inc.; Santa Clara, CA USA

Dayong Min, Wuhan Huagong Laser Ltd., Wuhan, Hubei Peoples Republic of China

Xin Zhou, Zhejiang CHN-Laser Technology Co. LTD, Zhejiang, Peoples Republic of China

Robert Phillippy, Newport Corporation; Irvine, CA USA

Luo Jinwen, Wuhan Huagong-Unity Laser LTD, Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China

*subject to change

Chairing the Summit are two of the industry's foremost authorities on the business of lasers in China:

Bo Gu, GSI Group, Inc., Wilmington, MA USA

Rangda Wu, Chutian Industrial Laser, Wuhan City, Peoples Republic of China.

The session topics include: The Global Market for Industrial Laser Material Processing – Figures, Trends and Challenges; Becoming Local Globally – Challenges and Opportunities for Laser Photonics Companies; and Global M&A – Opportunities and Challenges for Western Companies in China.

For more information on PICALO 2008 and the International Enterprise Summit, visit the Laser Institute's PICALO page

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