• LASER 2011: Finish with New Records

    On Thursday, May 26 the worlds largest trade fair on Laser and photonics technology closed in Munich (Germany) with new records. The LASER World of Photonics 2011 achieved a substantial increase in visitor numbers to 27,500 and a new record rise to more than 1,100 exhibitors. Medical technology, biophotonics, renewable energies and electro-mobility were named as the major growth areas for the laser industry.

    Traditionally, the trade fair is accompanied by the World of Photonics Congress, a convention with 3,250 international participants. The congress with it’s 7 sub-conferences focuses on topics such as  biomedical optics, laser manufacturing or optical metrology. Part of it is the European Conference on Biomedical Optics ECBO. It has become the largest event of its kind in Europe and features topics like Advanced Microscopy Techniques, OCT or Therapeutic Laser Applications. They attracted clinicians, industry developers as well as people from the research community.

    Billions for Photonics

    The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) unveiled its promotional package “Photonics Research Germany” on the trade fair’s opening day. Optical technologies are held to be one of the most important key technologies of the future. The announcement by Dr. Georg Schütte, Secretary of State at the BMBF, of a total of one billion euros over the next ten years to promote research and development in the photonics sector was warmly received by the public, as the trade show organizer touted. Germanies famous FAZ had a slightly different view on the event: According to FAZ, the community expected some € 150 Million annually. It has to be seen in contrast to the funding programs for nano technology (€ 400 million until 2015) or e-mobility (€ 1.000 million until 2013!). Nevertheless, the industry partner in the field of photonics promised some € 30 billion investments in R&D for the next 10 years, asuming to spend 10% of € 300 billion expected revenues.

    The LASER World of PHOTONICS takes place every other year in Munich and will be held for the next time from 17 to 20 June 2013.