Review: Lasys Consolidates Its Position

Lasys occupied Hall 4 at Stuttgart Trade Fair Center (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Lasys occupied Hall 4 at Stuttgart Trade Fair Center (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Lasys has become firmly established as an indispensable industry meeting point for manufacturers, users and decision-makers in industrial production. This was confirmed during the fifth edition of the International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing which finished yesterday in Stuttgart. The positive dynamic market situation was reflected on all three days of the trade fair: among the more than 6,000 visitors (+10 percent) and the 181 exhibitors from 15 countries who presented lasers as a versatile tool for every production process.

“Lasys has once again proved to be a trade fair which attracts visitors with in-depth expertise and was better this year than the previous event. The directly application-oriented talks and the practical application approach in the accompanying programme proved to be much more popular than at the last event. Overall, the effective result corresponds to participation in a much larger trade fair,” said Gerhard Hein, Managing Director for Lasers and Laser Systems for Material Processing and of the Photonics Forum in the German Engineering Federation, summing up Lasys 2016 from the perspective of the promotional supporter.

Parallel to Lasys were the Stuttgart Laser Technology Forum SLT, parts2clean, O&S, and Automotive Expo (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Parallel to Lasys were the Stuttgart Laser Technology Forum SLT, parts2clean, O&S, and Automotive Expo (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Three quarters of visitors came from industry. The following industries were strongly represented: mechanical engineering, motor vehicle construction and optics, followed by plant and apparatus construction, and metal working and processing. The proportion of visitors from abroad also rose – from 22 to 27 percent compared with the previous event. Visitors from a total of 39 countries were represented. With decision-makers accounting for 78 percent of visitors, Lasys has been at a constantly high level for years. One in four of these visitors said they were intending to invest more than € 200,000. The visitors were primarily interested in laser production systems for marking and labelling technology, for bonding technology and for surface technology.

“Since 97 percent of our visitors said they would recommend Lasys to other people, this is a clear indication that our concept of live demonstrations of lasers is very popular,” said Gunnar Mey, Department Director Industry at Messe Stuttgart, and added: “Our exhibitors presented a total of 92 machines and systems at Lasys – including some premières.”

Trumpf, for example, specifically exhibited its new TruMicro 2000 picosecond laser at Lasys. “We present world premières wherever we are as close as possible to our target group,” said Klaus Löffler, Director Sales & Services at Trumpf Lasertechnik. The huge reponse showed that this was the right decision. The visitors were not only very interested in the TruMicro 2000, but also in the new Industry 4.0 solutions from Trumpf, the so-called condition-based services. They can be used to carry out state and trend analyses for lasers in networked production. Löffler concluded: “For our company, Lasys is one of the world’s three leading trade fairs for laser technology.”

Many hands-on exhibits at Lasys (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Many hands-on exhibits at Lasys (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Fanuc took part in Lasys for the first time, and drew some positive conclusions: “The visitors were very interested in technology, especially our new fibre lasers in the FF Series and their connection to Fanuc robot systems. Lasys therefore helped us to provide more information about our extended product portfolio to integrators, for example, who are one of our target groups along with laser machine manufacturers,” said Michael Kuhn, European Manager Lasers, Technical Sales Support at Fanuc Europe.

Dr. Klaus Krastel, Director Automotive at IPG Laser, praised the high level of user orientation at Lasys: “Customers came to our stand with different tasks – from coating through to welding of special parts – because they were looking for solutions here.” A large number of visitors brought their components or technical rawings with them. Some visitors actually travelled from Turkey after their attention was drawn to the trade fair during the Automotive Theme Day as part of the “Lasys meets Turkey” Initiative.

Gravotech, which also attended Lasys for the first time with a large stand, looked back on the successful trade fair: “We are very satisfied. We intensified our relationships with regular customers and also established many new contacts with interested experts and decision-makers,” said Eric Pfrimmer, Business Manager Germany at Gravotech.

“Lasys is all about specific applications. Visitors find everything that can be realised using lasers,” summarised Marcus Seineke, Business Development Manager at Sisma Lasersysteme. It is clear to him: “Lasys is an interesting industry meeting point – and one of the most important trade fairs for our company. We will therefore come back again in 2018.”

The next Lasys will be held from 5 to 7 June 2018 – again in combination with the Stuttgart Laser Technology Forum, SLT. However, “Lasys meets France” will take place beforehand in September 2017: “We are looking forward to welcoming Lasys next year with a joint stand at Espace Laser in Strasbourg,” said Monique Caboche, organiser of Espace Laser, who was present at Lasys in Stuttgart with a partner stand containing eight exhibitors. (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Link: LASYS – International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing, Messe Stuttgart

Further reading: Laser Technik Journal 2016/3 May (SLT / Lasys Issue) • Preview: Stuttgart Laser Marketplace ’16, photonicsviews.com, 30th March 2016Preview: Lasys, Messe Stuttgart, photonicsviews.com, 30th March 2016Preview: Stuttgart Laser Technology Forum (SLT), photonicsviews.com, 24th February 2016

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