Trumpf Completes Acquisition of Philips Photonics

Visual inspection in the wafer production at Photonics (Source: Trumpf)

Effective as of April 1, 2019, high-tech company Trumpf completed the acquisition of the photonics business from Philips, which it had announced in December 2018. The acquisition will establish a new business division called Trumpf Photonic Components, which will be headed up by Lutz Aschke and Joseph Pankert. Lutz Aschke has been CFO of Laser Technology at the Trumpf Group since 2016, while Joseph Pankert has been general manager of Philips Photonics since 2009.

Through the acquisition, Trumpf will gain access to a new market segment that will complement its existing high-power diode laser business. Philips Photonics’ laser diodes are used in smartphones, in digital data transfer applications, and in sensors for autonomous driving.

Dr. Lutz Aschke had been CFO for the business division Laser Technology / Electronics at Trumpf in Ditzingen (Source: Trumpf)

Founded in 2000, Philips Photonics has around 280 employees and is headquartered in Ulm, where it manufactures laser diodes in a dedicated production plant. Now, it is set to continue growing as part of Trumpf, an innovative high-tech company with strong product development expertise.

In the fiscal year 2017/18, Trumpf invested almost 340 million euros in research and development and posted a ratio of R&D expenditure to sales of 9.5 percent. (Source: Trumpf)

Links: TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG, Ditzingen near Stuttgart, GermanyPhilips Photonics GmbH, Ulm, Germany

Further reading: Trumpf Buys Philips’ Laser Diode Division, 18th December 2018,


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