20 Years of Trotec Laser

In a record-breaking 20 years, Trotec Laser GmbH has succeeded in growing from a start-up business to market leader in laser machines for cutting, marking and engraving. Starting out in an industrial container focusing on R&D, the company has come a long way to reside in its current eco-friendly headquarters in Upper Austria.

As a leader in innovation with an ethos which revolves around setting new standards in the laser industry, Trotec has an install base of over 30,000 systems, serving customers in more than 90 countries and employing more than 550 people worldwide.

Trotec was formed in 1997 from a research branch of Trodat, the world’s biggest manufacturer of stamps, and has since become the leader that it is today. In 2015, Trotec's sales volume exceeded €100 million for the first time, an aspirational goal which had been defined years earlier. In 2016, the latest completed financial year, Trotec increased sales by 9.1%, to almost €110 million.

The high growth rate continues in 2017 too. With a predicted sales increase of 20%, Trotec sets a major milestone for its sales volume goal in 2020.

Dr. Andreas Penz, spokesman of Trotec’s management team, said: “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 exponentially”, 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.