Laser show expands

Munich, Germany - Four fully occupied exhibition halls and the Munich International Congress Center will become the international meeting-point for optical technologies from May 23 to 26, 2011. The LASER World of PHOTONICS trade fair will also celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. In 2009, it attracted 1,034 exhibitors and 25,365 visitors.

Since the first event in 1973, the trade fair has featured lasers and laser systems for manufacturing in a separate exhibition area. Over the course of time, this area has become increasingly more important and has developed into the world’s leading platform for this segment. This is also clearly demonstrated by the industries in which visitors work. They range from automobile construction, mechanical engineering, toolmaking, job order production, and the aerospace industry through to photovoltaics, electronics, and microproduction.

Topics in green photonics will include energy and the environment, photovoltaics, lighting, energy efficiency, and climate protection. Exhibitors will show here how optical technologies make a substantial contribution towards efficient production and energy conservation where they are used for renewable energies and how they can optimize measuring and test technology.

The six conferences being held under the umbrella of the World of Photonics Congress are being organized and staged, as in previous years, by renowned international organizations. As the most important international congress in Europe for photonics, the World of Photonics Congress is a networking and knowledge forum for the transfer of know-how between science and industry.

The Congress program will include a new event, the “Optofluidics” Conference, which is being organized by the European Optical Society (EOS). The Optical Metrology Conference has included an additional subconference on the topic of "videometrics" in its program and the ECBO will look in 2011 at clinically oriented topics in addition to its traditional program contents.

With the series of application panels and its practical talks in the exhibition halls, the Congress will create a link between research and industry so that questions are turned into solutions and specific projects.

LASER World of PHOTONICS is regarded as the homebase of the photonics industry. According to a survey conducted by tns Infratest, 98 percent of exhibitors and 97 percent of visitors at the last event are intending to come back again in 2011. They were extremely satisfied with the trade fair and identify with it. In addition to business objectives, the cultivation of contacts in the industry plays a very important role for all participants.

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