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Coherent Creates a Center of Excellence

They expand and upgrade their laser marking, laser micromachining and sub-system operations in Gilching, Germany.


Coherent Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) significantly expanded their micromachining and sub-system facility in Gilching, Germany, and completed the relocation of their laser marking group from nearby Gunding. This “Center of Excellence” is designated as Coherent Munich and will be a significant upgrade to their applications and R&D capabilities, affirming their commitment to the industrial materials processing and manufacturing segment.

Coherent Munich’s primary focus will be twofold: 1) Supplying high performance, integration-ready laser-based sub-systems that service a wide range of precision industrial manufacturing and marking applications in medical device manufacturing, electronics packaging, and jewelry production. Specifically, this will include the development and production of fiber, CO2 and solid-state laser-based sub-systems incorporating a laser, optics, software and applications expertise; and 2) Supplying a complete product portfolio of laser machines to accomplish specific tasks, such as glass or tube cutting, precision welding of metals and polymers, black marking, roll-to-roll packaging, and others. The new ExactSeries offerings, which bring innovative hardware, software, and process technology to cutting, welding, marking, surface treatment, and specialty applications, is the latest embodiment of the ongoing integration of ROFIN expertise into Coherent.

“Our goal is to make industrial manufacturing more efficient and cost effective by delivering superior laser-based products that leverage our deep underlying applications and process knowledge, and which are developed in close cooperation with our customers,” said Thomas Merk, the executive vice president and general manager of Industrial Lasers and Systems.  “Combining our Gunding and Gilching operations brings a wider range and depth of expertise under one roof, enabling us to better accomplish this. We believe the creation of this Center of Excellence will enable us to serve a broader range of applications with even more competitive sub-systems and turnkey solutions.”


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