Shanghai, China - Laser World of Photonics China, held March 18-20 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, continued its strong growth, boasting record figures. The trade show welcomed 628 exhibitors from 22 countries (compared to 539 companies from 18 countries last year). These companies booked 34,500 sq. m. of floor space (vs. 29,750 last year), with the number of visitors rising to 37,272 from 36,000 at Laser World of Photonics China 2013.
This year, the show continued its focus on "Innovative Applications of Laser Processing Technology." The "Laser Systems for Production Engineering Area" offered laser applications and solutions for all related industries, including automotive, metal processing, shipbuilding, aerospace and aviation, military & defense, manufacturing, material processing, automation, tooling, plastics and rubber, and electronics.
3D printing, or additive manufacturing, a technology that has won much attention in recent years, would be widely impossible without laser technology. Han's Laser, HG Laser, EO Technics, Wuhan Golden Laser, and Reis Robotics showcased products and technologies in additive manufacturing and laser cladding.
This year, the “Machine Vision, Optical Metrology and Quality Assurance Area” attracted a great deal of attention from exhibitors and visitors. Many cutting-edge measurement technologies and machine-vision products and solutions were displayed at the show. The area was organized in cooperation with the China Society of Image and Graphics (CSIG) and the German Industry & Commerce Greater China Shanghai (AHK).
At the trade show, a “Laser Safety Initiative Ceremony” was organized by MMI Shanghai, the Chinese Optical Society-Laser Processing Committee (COS-LPC), and leading exhibitors, including TRUMPF, Bystronic, Salvagnini, AMADA, Mitsubishi, Han’s LASER, HG Laser, Unity Prima, Penta Chutian, and SZ Lead. The initiative explained the importance of laser safety and its intention of facilitating the healthy growth of the Chinese laser production industry.
Photonics Congress China
The accompanying Photonics Congress China won favorable evaluation from the audience for its professional and international character. It presented the latest research results and innovations from a variety of laser and photonics industry areas, ranging from laser processing, advanced lasers, optical technology and IR imaging right through to laser safety and beam analysis. The Congress attracted 2122 participants.
At the 9th International Laser Processing and Systems Conference (LPC 2014), there were exhaustive discussions on the latest industry topics, e.g., the development of the global laser market over the next few years, energy-efficient tools and processes, trends and applications in ultra-fast laser technology, and the application of additive manufacturing. One of the widely quoted presentations was by David Belforte, Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Laser Solutions who outlined market opportunities for advanced laser processing systems.
The Next Laser World of Photonics China will be held March 17-19, 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. For information, contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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