With the event "LASYS meets Central Europe", solution providers from laser material processing and industrial users come together from 30 to 31 May 2017 in Trnava, Slovakia. The aim of the initiative by Messe Stuttgart and the German-Slovakian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Slovakia) is to convey current know-how on laser technology to the conference participants in order to enhance quality and efficiency in their production. The event also opens up new market opportunities for the manufacturers in the booming Slovakian automotive production sector.
"Well-known companies have recognised the opportunities of this event. Their positive feedback confirms our opinion that we have our finger on the pulse with the conference and accompanying exhibition", state Dr. Guido Glania, Managing Director of AHK Slovakia, and Gunnar Mey, Department Director of the Industrial Solutions Division at Messe Stuttgart. ERLAS Erlanger Lasertechnik (D), IPG (D), Lintech (CZ), Manz (SK), Matex (CZ), Precitec (D), Sitec (D), TRUMPF (SK) and VUTS (CZ), as well as II-VI Highyag (D), who presents a live demonstration of its modular laser welding head BIMO, are some of the exhibitors represented.
Laser specialists see growth potential
Dieter Manz, CEO of Manz AG, explains: "We see a high level of growth potential in the e-mobility market; in the coming years significant production capacities will be built. Within Europe Slovakia will assume a key role, primarily when it comes to the assembly of battery packs. With our latest development, the FLS 1800 laser system, we have launched a platform designed for laser processes requiring maximum flexibility and performance for the production of lithium-ion batteries. We are delighted to demonstrate the benefits of our innovative solutions in Slovakia and want to convince everyone attending our presentation on flexible laser welding for block production of our skills and competences."
TRUMPF also sees huge market opportunities in Slovakia and thinks the event has come to the right place. "The number of cars which were manufactured in Slovakia in 2016 exceeded the one million mark. Even higher figures are expected this year and next year. These statistics indicate a greater demand for new, advanced technologies. We will use 'LASYS meets Central Europe' to present our technology such as the new intelligent scanner I-PFO for remote welding and to discuss our technology with partners from the automotive industry", announces Branislav Lipták, who is a graduate engineer in the Sales Department of TRUMPF Slovakia.
ERLAS, manufacturer of special systems for the laser material processing of metallic materials, expects to meet decision-makers from the Slovakian economic and technology elite in Trnava who have an interest in highly efficient "Made in Germany" solutions. "We want to use this opportunity to consolidate and expand our customer base in Central Europe – there are already users in Slovakia and Hungary. Since especially in the automotive industry the location of Slovakia is playing an increasingly important role for the European market", states Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hoffmann, Managing Partner of ERLAS Erlanger Lasertechnik GmbH.
Diverse presentations from practical laser applications
The congress on 30 May focuses on the varied, cross-industry laser applications covering multiples of materials. In his keynote speech Prof. Dr. Thomas Graf, Director of the Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge at the University of Stuttgart, provides an outlook of the possible applications of lasers in material processing for Industry 4.0. In the second keynote speech, Prof. Andreas Otto from the Institute of Production Engineering and High Power Laser Technology at the Vienna Institute of Technology discusses the potential of numerical simulations for laser material processing. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hoffmann, Chair of Manufacturing Technology at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, talks about manufacturing concepts in the area of laser welding. Other presentations address the laser cutting of thick and thin metal sheets, the system integration of lasers, as well as efficient marking. A get-together in the evening rounds off the first day of the event and provides an opportunity to network.
On 31 May it is all about the professional exchange of information and ideas. Exhibitors, keynote speakers and visitors can offer their own skills and competences in advance at the registration and search for new business partners.
Registered participants thus have the chance to create their own personal agenda with appropriate business partners.