Raylase’s Founders Receive EPIC Phoenix Award 2016

Peter von Jan (CEO), Thomas Baab (Head of Production), and Erwin Wagner (VP New Technologies) (left), receive the EPIC Phoenix Award 2016 from Kurt Weingarten (Source: EPIC)

CEO Peter von Jan, Head of Production Thomas Baab, and VP New Technologies Erwin Wagner (from left), receive the EPIC Phoenix Award 2016 from Kurt Weingarten (Source: EPIC)

“We are really proud to receive this EPIC Phoenix award. For us, it is an honour and recognition to be elected by such a remarkable group of European entrepreneurs in photonics. From the very beginning, we believed in the importance of photonics. We worked hard and focused to overcome all the obstacles and achieve our goals. We will continue with our efforts to grow and remain a very successful and important member of EPIC,” said Peter von Jan, CEO and co-founder of Raylase, after being presented with the prestigious award on 21 April during the EPIC’s annual general meeting in Zurich, Switzerland.

Raylase AG was founded in 1999 as Scanpro Technology GmbH by five former employees of General Scanning Inc. The talents of these founders were R&D, production, sales, and after sales service. At that time, the new company managed by Peter von Jan got a lot of encouragement by European Companies which wanted to buy scan heads to deflect and control laser beams apart from the well-known suppliers from Germany and the US.

The founding team was very enthusiastic but short with capital. Fortunately, it was possible to collect first orders from important customers based on preliminary drawings and product specifications. Based on these orders, they were then able to convince private and venture capital investors to do a first financing round. They collected sufficient money to rent their first offices in Krailling near Munich, hire first employees and slowly start with R&D and production. They developed xy-scan heads, 3-axis systems with pre-focusing optics, control cards and software. At the same time they changed the company’s name from Scanpro to Raylase.

In 2007, Raylase established an office in Shenzhen in China. In 2009, the company suffered as many others from the economic crisis and sales dropped significantly. But they avoided cutting down staff and only reduced working time to fifty percent. In parallel, they intensified activities in China to compensate the loss of business with their main customers in Germany.

As markets continue to change rapidly and additional competitors from China show up in standard marking applications, Raylase focuses on its key-technologies which include 3D technology in combination with vision control and offers more and more application solutions instead of pure components. These activities are supported by local application labs in Germany and China and certified repair- and service centers in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Today, the Raylase Group is a growing successful and profitable organisation with more than one hundred employees worldwide and an excellent international network. Raylase is independent from banks and one of the most important technology leaders in their field of activity e.g. additive manufacturing, 3D processing, laser cutting and laser welding.

“The story of Raylase is an example that success is no accident, it is hard work, determination, perseverance. The EPIC Phoenix Award is a symbol of the challenging realities that entrepreneurs face and the journey that this entails, I am honoured to present the award to the founders of Raylase!” says EPIC board of directors member Kurt Weingarten, General Manager of Lumentum. (Source: Raylase)

Links: EPIC Phoenix Award, European Photonics Industry Consortium, Brussels, BelgiumRaylase AG, Wessling, Germany

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