LASYS 2016 to showcase latest in laser materials processing technology

Laser materials processing trade fair LASYS 2016 will give attendees access to the latest laser technologies and applications.

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Laser materials processing trade fair LASYS 2016, which is set to be held May 31 through June 2, 2016, in Stuttgart, Germany, will give attendees access to the latest laser technologies and applications. The "Lasers in Action" forum, to be held on all three days of the event, will have a wide range of presentations discussing the latest laser technology and market developments. Laser users and decision-makers from industry will gain insights into how lasers can increase quality, efficiency, and productivity in manufacturing.

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A special feature in the seminar program is the podium discussion on Wednesday, June 1st, when high-ranking industry representatives will discuss their views on current and future trends in laser materials processing. Panelists include Dave MacLellan, executive secretary of the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU; Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England), and Markus Rütering, sales and marketing manager for Asia at Laserline (Santa Clara, CA), with more to be announced. They will speak with moderator Warren Clark about progress made in the last two years in the field of laser materials processing, the most exciting technologies currently on the market, and what challenges the laser production system industry faces.

LASYS 2016 will feature a panel forum on current and future trends in laser materials processing.

On Thursday, June 2nd, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA; Frankfurt, Germany) will address the topic of future challenges for the photonics industry in Germany and Europe. "The research and innovation policy of Asian countries will focus more on the present domains of German and European photonics providers in the coming years," explains Gerhard Hein, president of the Laser and Laser Systems for Material Processing Association, as well as the Photonics Forum at the VDMA. "We mainly see these challenges as a competition roadmap and as an incentive for considerations on how positions can be secured in key Asian markets or new business segments conquered. What is important here is the question of whether and how German and European companies can open up for cooperative ventures with Asian partners." Together with guest speakers, initial thoughts on this area will be discussed. Daniela Bartscher-Herold, partner of the management consulting firm Euro Asia Consulting (EAC); Jürgen Valentin, CTO of NanoFocus; and Dr. Thomas Rettich, head of research coordination at TRUMPF, will delivery keynote addresses during the session.

Other experts from leading companies and organizations will give presentations on topics including laser microprocessing, scanning technologies, laser welding, and laser applications in mold and tool construction.

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