Jenoptik’s Light & Production division (Jena, Germany) has won a major order from the automotive industry: the company will design and manufacture three automated production cells equipped with laser processing machines for metal components manufacturer Gestamp (Madrid, Spain).
Jenoptik will be responsible for the design, manufacture, and integration of the completely automated production cells, which will each also be equipped with the company's laser processing machines. With the help of the production cells, complex car body parts for electric vehicles will be manufactured at one of the Gestamp plants in Germany.
With its range of laser processing technologies, the Jenoptik Light & Production division has developed into a key supplier in the global automotive market in recent years. This division offers complex integrated manufacturing solutions with a focus on machine and process automation, and specializes in laser machining processes and the integration of other machining technologies.
Integrated production lines and laser processing in the automotive industry are independent of the type of drive and are key process steps in the manufacture of vehicles with new drive technologies. In addition to the processes for bodywork processing (laser cutting, laser welding), the production technologies are also required for new applications in automotive engineering, such as e-mobility, interiors, and driver assistance systems.
Following the acquisition of the automation specialist Prodomax in North America in mid-2018 and successful joint developments of technical solutions together with the Laser Processing business unit, Jenoptik had already received several major orders for automated assembly lines from the North American automotive industry last year. Since January 2020, the Spanish company INTEROB, which also specializes in automation solutions, has been part of the Jenoptik Group. This means that Jenoptik has a direct presence in the global hotspots of the automotive industry and can now better serve the European market.