Laser manufacturer Trumpf has formed a new North American sales partnership with its subsidiary SPI Lasers in order to provide customers in the region with ideal fibre laser material processing solutions across select market segments, including automotive, e-mobility, battery and consumer electronics.
In particular, SPI’s RedEnergy pulsed and RedPower Qube CW fibre lasers for high speed remote processing will now be available through Trumpf’s mature North American sales network. The SPI products offer higher single mode powers than Trumpf’s TruFiber solution, and unique pulse energies and lengths compared to Trumpf’s TruPulse and TruMicro offerings. Additionally, for those who do not need the full range of features available with Trumpf’s TruControl, SPI’s lasers also offer cost-optimised solutions thanks to their flexible levels of integration.
Trumpf has recently opened a new smart factory in Chicago, a location at the centre of the North American market for sheet metal processing – approximately 40 per cent of the sheet metal processing industry is based in directly neighbouring states.
‘For us, America is one of the most important markets there is,’ commented Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, Trumpf CEO. ‘In Chicago, we can present our vision for connected production to our customers in the Midwest practically at their doorstep – and work with them to drive forward connected production in the Industry 4.0 era.’
Trumpf’s annual sales exceeded three billion euros for the first time this year, with income increases of 11.3 per cent to €337.2 million. Performance was particularly impressive in South Korea, where sales increased 58 per cent to €211 million, making the region Trumpf’s fourth-largest market worldwide this year.
SPI Lasers has been a part of the Trumpf Group since October 2008 and is operated as a commercially distinct brand. Existing customers of SPI Lasers that compete with Trumpf at the machine solution level will continue to work exclusively with SPI Lasers.
Trumpf recently formed another partnership with US additive manufacturing firm Sintavia in order to accelerate the penetration of its TruPrint metal printers within the global aerospace industry. As part of the agreement, Trumpf will install its TruPrint 3000 system with industrial part and powder management at Sintavia’s current manufacturing facility in Davie, Florida in early 2018.