【DE】LASYS 2022 started with opening press conference

Industry looks positively into the future despite difficult framework conditions / VDMA emphasizes the role of the laser in electromobility

 

After a four-year break, the time has finally come again: This Tuesday, LASYS, the international trade fair for laser material processing, started in Stuttgart. With an opening press conference, at which the VDMA working group “Lasers and Laser Systems for Material Processing” welcomed the journalists together with Messe Stuttgart, the official starting signal for the trade fair was given in the morning. Roland Bleinroth, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart, is particularly pleased about the implementation as a face-to-face trade fair: “At this event you can see that the traditional trade fair model is not outdated in presence. Central to the success of LASYS is also the long-standing, close partnership with the VDMA in order to stay in close contact with the industry.”

Gunnar Mey, Director of Fairs & Events, emphasizes the special circumstances in which LASYS takes place this year: “Not only did there be no planning guarantees until March, but also the months of May and June have also developed into the main event months this year due to coronavirus. In close coordination with our trade fair advisory board, we have adhered to our date and the trade fair concept.”

 

 

 

Roland Bleinroth, Managing Director Messe Stuttgart | Photo credit: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH

 

 

 

Electromobility is a future field for the laser

Meanwhile, the industry itself looks positively into the future despite difficult framework conditions. Dr. Sven Breitung, Managing Director of the Working Group Laser and Laser Systems for Material Processing in the VDMA, said at the opening press conference of LASYS: “The industry expects a significant increase in both order intake and sales this year compared to the previous year. However, the bottlenecks in supplies as well as the increased energy and raw material prices are currently causing considerable concern.”

 

The other speakers joined this tenor and also emphasized the extraordinary role of laser in electromobility. Ralf Kimmel, Director of Strategic Sales for the Laser Technology division at Trumpf, sees the technology as a real catalyst: “Lasers really get the production of electric motors going. At Trumpf, we are now making more sales here than with lasers used in the production of cars with combustion engines.” For Dr. Christoph Ullmann, Managing Director Laserline GmbH, lasers are also an opportunity to reduce fine dust pollution in cities: “The wear on brakes causes a third of the fine dust of a vehicle. One solution is to apply very thin coatings to the brake discs by laser, which allow a significant reduction in material abrasion.” Nikolas Meyer, Business Unit Manager – Sales and Application EMAG LaserTec GmbH, also sees electromobility as a future market of laser: “The importance of laser welding in the automotive industry has been increasing significantly for years – and not only in car body construction. Many components also benefit from the exact and fast process “under the hood.”

 

Until Thursday, LASYS in Stuttgart will be the meeting place for the laser material processing industry.

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