An outstanding example of close co-operation between science and busi-ness: the Laser Welding Division of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG (LPKF) celebrates its 10th anniversary in July. In 2001, LPKF and former staff of the Bavarian laser centre established LaserQuipment AG, which subse-quently merged in 2005 with LPKF to form a separate business division.
LPKF Laser Welding develops and markets systems for the through-transmission laser welding of plastics. In addition to production and devel-opment activities, LPKF operates a special Application Center for laser plastic welding at its Erlangen facility. Laser plastic welding is able to sub-stitute conventional methods, in particular for complex joining tasks.
In 2009, in the middle of the financial crisis, the unit achieved a record turnover of Euro 5.3 million, only to beat this record again by a huge mar-gin of 55 percent during financial year 2010, achieving sales of Euro 8.2 million. Reaching the Euro 10 million mark is a strong possibility in 2011, reports the company.