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20 Years of Trotec Laser

Global market leader

Published on: 09/19/2017

In the record-breaking time of no more than 20 years, Trotec Laser GmbH has succeeded in growing from a start-up to world market leader in laser machines for cutting, marking and engraving: From the former “Development and Research Container” to the Green Building Headquarter in Upper Austria.

"Setting new Standards"

As part of the Trodat Trotec Group, Trotec develops, manufactures, and markets laser machines for marking, cutting and engraving, and provides a wide engraving materials range. As a market leader in innovation and development, Trotec sets new standards in the laser industry. With an installed base of more than 30,000 systems, Trotec now serves customers in more than 90 countries and employs more than 550 people worldwide, with the numbers constantly increasing at a rapid rate.

Trotec was formed in 1997 from a research branch of Trodat – the world’s biggest manufacturer of stamps – and has since then become a world leader in the field of laser technology. In 2015, the sales volume of the Upper Austrian laser manufacturer exceeded € 100 million for the first time. Years before, as an almost visionary goal, the passing of this mark was defined as a goal for 2015, and it was reached precisely: exactly € 100.8 million in sales were ultimately achieved. In 2016, the latest completed financial year, Trotec increased sales by 9.1 %, to almost € 110 million.

"We make our customers successful!"
- Andreas Penz, Spokesman of Trotec’s management - Trotec Laser -

Sales volume goal by 2020:

€ 200 million

The high growth rate still continues in 2017. With a predicted sales increase of 20%, Trotec sets a major milestone for the sales volume goal in 2020. Dr. Andreas Penz, spokesman of Trotec’s management, commented on this:

This increase in sales seems incredibly high at first sight, but the laser business is an extremely dynamic one, and laser applications are now found in all major areas of life. For example in medical engineering. We manufacture stents with our laser machines. Or in the field of research, where laser applications are simply indispensable, for example in the development of the Mars Rover. Trotec laser technology plays an important role in industry and trade as well. The pivotal question is: Why do we make lasers? Answer: We make our customers successful, and this sustainable strategy allows us to grow overproportionately”, explains Penz.

The explicit goal for the future of Trotec Laser is to become the world’s number one in the laser segment and the market leader in the defined core markets.

Celebrations on Trotec’s 20th company anniversary

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary celebrations in the summer of 2017, Andreas Penz reviewed the past 20 years with milestones of development, supplemented with some personal insights and experiences. He proudly thanked the Trotec team for the tireless dedication and the distinctive team spirit at Trotec, which forms the basis of this success story: In record time from start-up to today’s world market leader in laser machines.

Global Set-up:

Trotec is present in over 90 countries with:

  • 17 sales subsidiaries
  • More than 50 demo rooms
  • Distributor network with 113 partner companies
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