Trumpf acquires ultrashort pulsed laser manufacturer

Trumpf has acquired Aachen-based ultrashort pulse laser manufacturer Amphos in a move to strengthen its own technology offerings. The two firms agreed to not disclose the purchase price.

A 200-watt Amphos ultrashort pusled lasers machines a carbon-fibre part. (Image: Trumpf)

Amphos was founded in 2010 as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT.

The firm develops and produces ultrashort pulsed lasers using its own InnoSlab technology, which was originally developed by its founders while they were still a part of the Fraunhofer institute. With it they are able to achieve high output powers for manufacturing and research applications. The technology will therefore allow Trumpf to open up an entire new range of parameters for its ultrashort pulsed lasers.

‘Amphos is an innovative manufacturer of lasers…its managers have been developing industrial lasers for over 15 years,' said Christian Schmitz, head of Trumpf’s Laser Technology division. ‘InnoSlab technology allows us to consolidate the technological leadership of Trumpf.’

Amphos' ultrashort pulsed lasers will be used to augment Trumpf's own technology portfolio. (Image: Trumpf)

Amphos’s ultrashort pulsed lasers offer output powers between 200 and 400W, with its additional high-power lasers for research applications reaching as high as 1.5kW.

‘Amphos is a highly innovative company just like Trumpf, which people admire for its laser expertise,’ explained Claus Schnitzler, Torsten Mans and Jan Dolkemeyer – the three co-founders and managing directors of Amphos. ‘We look forward to exchanging know-how, tapping new sales opportunities and advancing our technology in the near future.’

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