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Trumpf opens disk laser facility in Japan

10 Jul 2012

Local production allows company to better respond to Japanese market needs.

Laser giant Trumpf has opened an Asian production location for disk lasers at Trumpf Japan in Yokohama. Dr. Peter Leibinger, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board, officially inaugurated the new TruDisk production facility in Yokohama at the beginning of June.

The Yokohama location is the company’s third production site for disk lasers after Schramberg, Germany, and Farmington in the USA. The initial plan is for TRUMPF Japan to assemble around 40 lasers a year.

The objective of having the new production facility is to expand the Japanese market for disk laser technology. It will also allow Japanese customers to observe the quality of production processes and products at the Yokohama site.

The production staff has been trained at Trumpf’s development and production location for disk lasers in Schramberg.

At last month’s opening ceremony, the 120 invited guests included customers, key figures from Japanese industry, professors from Japanese universities, and media representatives.

A high-ranking delegate from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry also attended and thanked the company for investing in Japan after last year’s tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, just 250km from Yokohama.

TruDisk disk laser launched

At Lasys 2012, held in Stuttgart in mid June, Trumpf showcased its new TruDisk disk laser, which offers a range of applications as an industrial tool for materials processing and production. Features include operational flexibility, power economy and “intelligent” energy management.

With sales totaling US $ 2.8 billion (€ 2.0 billion) and 8,550 employees, the Trumpf Group ranks among the leading manufacturing companies worldwide. The three following business divisions are combined under the umbrella of a holding company: Machine Tools, Laser Technology/Electronics and Medical Technology.

Its core business is machine tools for flexible sheet metal processing for punching and forming, laser processing and bending. In the field of industrial lasers and laser systems, the company is the technological leader in the world market.

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