New Development Center Supports Innovative Efforts at TRUMPF Laser GmbH + Co. KG

Laser manufacturer TRUMPF has expanded its primary solid-state laser development facility by erecting a new building in the town of Schramberg-Sulgen, Germany.

Laser manufacturer TRUMPF has expanded its primary solid-state laser development facility by erecting a new building in the town of Schramberg-Sulgen, Germany. TRUMPF Laser GmbH + Co. KG has augmented this corporate site with a structure offering 6,200 square meters of floor space. With about 250 guests in attendance, the official opening took place on March 6. The two floors in the Development Center house both office space and laboratories dedicated to the development of solid-state lasers.

Investment volume for this new project came to 13.5 million euros while construction took 17 months. This investment is a clear expression of TRUMPF’s commitment to the site and to its innovation and growth  strategy. At the opening ceremonies Peter Leibinger, vice-chairman of the TRUMPF Group Management Board, noted, “Schramberg is not only the cradle of the German laser industry. Today it is one of the world’s leaders in laser technology development and production.” Professor Reinhart Poprawe, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen, emphasized another point in his dedication speech: “The laser is playing a decisive role in the design of tomorrow’s production technologies. And to that end we need – in addition to a superior research setting at universities and other institutions – highly innovative companies like TRUMPF.”

All the development sections at Schramberg will, for the first time, be consolidated under a single roof. In the past, these units were located in a number of different buildings around the site. TRUMPF will use the freed up floor space to expand its production capacities for solid-state lasers. Barkow Leibinger architects in Berlin planned the new two-story structure, measuring 52 x 52 meters, and distinguished by the way it utilizes the site’s topography. The lower level is almost completely embedded in the slope of the land. Laser testing laboratories, a climate control chamber, and the building’s utility services will be found on that floor—functions that need little or no daylight. On the upper floor are office and conference rooms.

The façade for this story is made entirely of glass. Slender, lasercut aluminum fins run the entire height of the building, lending structure to the façade. An atrium on the office level provides additional daylight. 

“The application options for laser technology are by no mean exhausted,” said Peter Leibinger in his speech. The completion of the Development Center simply marks a milestone in expansion activities at the TRUMPF site in Schramberg.