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Around 3,000 trade visitors and congress participants, 146 exhibitors from 12 countries, 5,500 square meters of exhibition space - these are the gratifying figures from Laser Optics Berlin 2012.
We can justifiably say that our enhanced event concept proved to be very successful; approval was very high, accounting for the many positive comments at the end of the trade fair. Perhaps the most notable innovation in 2012 was the cooperation with the OSA - The Optical Society organized the Optics and Photonics Congress. There was also a successful premiere for the combination of the event with microsys berlin - micro-optics and micro-optical systems. Cooperative efforts with the Warsaw optics region and the Laser Association of the Wuhan Optics Valley in China contributed to the further internationalization of the trade fair. All in all, our threefold approach “Congress-Exhibition-Experts’ Forum” proved its worth. The numerous, well-visited forums like the ITG workshop, the EEN Brokerage Event, the laser technology forum and the German-Polish workshop about nitride semiconductors are just a few examples. By the same token, our special informational offers for university students and pupils were met with a great deal of interest.
We are very pleased that our work paid off, enabling you to experience good talks, valuable contacts, exciting discussions and interesting lectures. This is once again our goal for the next Laser Optics Berlin, which takes place March 2014 in Berlin.
Around 3,000 trade visitors received information about the latest research results and high-tech products at Laser Optics Berlin and microsys berlin 2012, which included 146 exhibitors from 12 countries.
The exhibition space grew 38% from 2010, to a total of 5,500 square meters. The share of foreign visitors rose nearly 30%. The top goal of the majority of visitors was to get information about the latest innovations; over 90% of those surveyed claimed to have achieved this goal during their visit to the trade fair. Regarding business, the results were similarly positive: Over 80% of the trade visitors who were surveyed expressed satisfaction with the economic results of their visit to the trade fair. 52% were able to establish new business contacts, 51% expect good follow-up business after the trade fair. “Laser Optics Berlin has improved significantly, both in terms of quantity and quality,” summarizes Werner Mocke, Director of Laser Optics Berlin. “This is reflected not only in the figures but also in the positive responses from exhibitors, trade visitors and congress participants. Our decision to enhance the event with new topics and partners has born fruit. Last but not least, another indication is the continued growth of internationalization.”
We are very satisfied with our new Optics and Photonics Congress, held in
partnership with the Laser Optics Berlin 2012 trade fair.
With over 350 delegates from around the world, the sessions were well attended. We would love to come back in 2014,” Elizabeth A. Rogan, CEO, OSA – The Optical Society.
“The tenth Laser Optics Berlin was a complete success“, commented Dr. Adolf M. Kopp, managing director of TSB Innovationsagentur Berlin. “By combining the trade fair, congress and forums, and by holding them with microsys berlin for the first time, there was a wealth on offer over the three days. "
„Our research institutes, universities and also our companies had good possibilities to present their products. Our participation at Laser Optics Berlin 2012 opens new options for a further cooperation between Berlin and Warsaw.” Maciej Fijałkowski, director of European Funds Office City of Warsaw.
“Laser Optics Berlin presented a good opportunity for our members who were in search of partnerships with medium-sized companies. The fact that system integrators from China and component manufacturers from Germany were able to meet produced a genuine win-win situation,” Prof. Dr. Zhu Xiao, president of the Wuhan Laser Association of the Optics Valley of China.
“Our expectations were exceeded in every way. For example, we had customers from abroad who came to the fair just to visit us. We were able to make use of the platform that Laser Optics Berlin offers to meet these customers and other partners as well,”
Michael Kneier, vice president, sales & marketing, eagleyard Photonics GmbH.
One of the highlights of Laser Optics Berlin was the “Transferpreis WissensWerte” 2012 award ceremony on the first evening of the trade fair.
The award, which is endowed with 50,000 euros, was given to a six-person team of scientists from the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute (FBH) from Berlin-Adlershof. Norbert Geyer, chairman of the Technologiestiftung Berlin e.V., explained that for several years the award has been given out annually for distinguished application-oriented research. In addition to innovation potential, market opportunities and practical application possibilities are also significant aspects. According to Geyer, there were 31 entries this year. Four projects were short-listed, but one entry proved to be the clear winner: the FBH team with their highly-efficient diode lasers; one example of their use is in material processing. Throughout this project the FBH worked closely with Jenoptik Diode Lab GmbH, a spin-off of the institute which is owned by Jenoptik.
Around 390 companies in Berlin and Brandenburg belong to the optics cluster. According to preliminary figures, these companies had sales of ca. 2.33 billion euros in 2011, an annual increase of 12%, which greatly surpasses the very high growth (over 8%) from previous years.
The number of employees in this sector also exhibited above-average growth: In 2011, around 5.5% more employees were added to this sector, for a total of 14,400 workers. In 2011 the amount of sales per employee was around 161,000 euros. The focus of the work is on laser technology, illumination technology, optical measurement technology and sensor systems, optical technologies in biomedicine/pharmaceuticals, photonic communications technology and microsystems technology. In addition to the 390 companies, 36 academic institutions and research facilities with a total of 2,200 employees also belong to the Berlin-Brandenburg optics cluster. Research and development is responsible for 17% of the total sales; the export share is 68%. “In the future, above average investments in research and development will continue to strengthen international competitiveness and establish the region as one of the leading industry locations,” according to Dr. Adolf M. Kopp, managing director of the TSB Innovationsagentur Berlin GmbH.
Contact: Frauke Nippel
Visible light communication is a new broadband transmission technology. Using commercially available LED lights, data streams are transmitted in visible light to computers or other communication-enabled terminals.
The bandwidth is between 10 and 100 Mbit/s; transmission capacity of up to 800 Mbit/s has already been achieved in the laboratory. Visible light communication uses the most energy-efficient electronics from LED technology and is suitable for distributing broadband video streams as well as two-way communication - from internet use to video conferencing. The optical wireless technology can be used when wireless LAN is not desired, e.g. underwater, or in surgical lights in hospitals, which are often standard-equipped with LEDs. The use of visible light has the added advantage that the distribution and accessibility of data can be detected by the light beam. The basis for visible light communication was developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute together with Siemens and France Telecom Orange Labs as part of the EU project OMEGA.
Contact: Britta Opfer
eagleyard Photonics GmbH offers a new distributed feedback (DFB) laser specifically for use in fiber lasers as a pulsed-operated seed laser. In pulse operation, with pulse widths in the ns range, the 1064 nm laser achieves pulse outputs of over 600 mW.
eagleyard Photonics GmbH offers a new distributed feedback (DFB) laser specifically for use in fiber lasers as a pulsed-operated seed laser. In pulse operation, with pulse widths in the ns range, the 1064 nm laser achieves pulse outputs of over 600 mW. The laser is available in the tried-and-tested 14-pin butterfly housing with polarization-maintaining SM fibers. This housing is designed for extreme operating conditions and has already been used for aerospace applications. It enables laser operation within an extremely wide temperature range from -45 to +85 degrees Celsius. The new seed laser from eagleyard Photonics is already being used by well-known manufacturers of industrial fiber lasers and is now commercially available. It has already been successfully used in a space program in North America.
Contact: Michael Kneier
Laser Optics Berlin
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