20 Years of Trotec Laser

Green Building – the award-winning headquarters in Marchtrenk, Upper Austria (Source: Trotec)

In the record-breaking time of no more than twenty years, Trotec Laser has succeeded in growing from a start-up to a world market leader in laser machines for cutting, marking and engraving: From the former “Development and Research Container” to the Green Building Headquarter in Upper Austria.

As part of the Trodat Trotec Group, Trotec develops, manufactures, and markets laser machines for marking, cutting and engraving, as well as engraving materials. As an innovator, Trotec sets new standards in the laser segment; with an installed base of over 30,000 systems, Trotec now serves customers in more than ninety countries and employs more than 550 people worldwide, trend: increasing.

Trotec was formed in 1997 from a research branch of Trodat – the world’s biggest manufacturer of stamps – and has since then become a brand in the field of laser technology. In 2015, the sales volume of the Upper Austrian laser manufacturer exceeded 100 million euros for the first time. Years before, as an almost visionary goal, the passing of this mark was defined as a goal for 2015, and it was reached precisely: exactly € 100.8 M in sales were ultimately achieved. In 2016, the latest completed financial year, Trotec increased sales by 9.1 %, to almost € 110 M.

Sales volume goal by 2020: € 200 million

The high growth rate continues in 2017, too. With a predicted sales increase of 20 %, Trotec sets a major milestone for the sales volume goal in 2020. Dr. Andreas Penz, spokesman of Trotec’s management, commented on this: “This increase in sales seems incredibly high at first sight, but the laser business is an extremely dynamic one, and laser applications are now found in all major areas of life. For example in medical engineering. We manufacture stents with our laser machines. Or in the field of research, where laser applications are simply indispensable, for example in the development of the Mars Rover. Trotec laser technology plays an important role in industry and trade as well. The pivotal question is: Why do we make lasers? Answer: We make our customers successful, and this sustainable strategy allows us to grow overproportionately,” explains Penz.

The explicit goal for the future of Trotec Laser is to become the world’s number one in the laser segment and the market leader in the defined core markets.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary celebrations in the summer of 2017, Andreas Penz reviewed the past twenty years with milestones of development, supplemented with some personal insights and experiences. He proudly thanked the team for the tireless dedication and the distinctive team spirit.

Link: Trotec Laser GmbH, Marchtrenk, Austria

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