The Jenoptik Group is to invest around 10 million euros to expand the
manufacture of optoelectronic semiconductor components (so-called laser
bars) at its site in the Berlin-Adlershof technology park. The existing
production facility has reached the limits of its capacity and is being
expanded due to the high level of customer satisfaction and the rapidly
increasing demand, particularly from Asia, for future projects, as well
as for the progressing process of the internationalization of the
Lasers & Material Processing division. The production will be
equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology for automated
production and is designed to process 4-inch wafers. In a typical
semiconductor manufacturing process gallium arsenide wafers are
structured and further processed to create high-power laser bars. The
new production facility is expected to go into operation at the
beginning of 2013.
“With this investment we are expanding our position as a global
leader in this market segment. We will also be reaching unit volumes
that will enable us to not only achieve economies of scale but also a
highly automated and state-of-the-art production process” said
Jenoptik Chairman Dr. Michael Mertin.
There has been a significant rise in demand for high-power diode lasers
over recent years, primarily as a result of new laser applications.
High-power diode lasers are increasingly conquering mass volume
markets, for example direct laser material processing in the industrial
environment and in the field of medicine/aesthetics. As an excitation
source they are also needed for modern laser technologies such as
thin-disk and fiber lasers as well as diode direct. These types of
lasers are already achieving high growth rates and will continue to do
so in the future. “We believe that our diodes do not only follow
major trends on the laser market but are setting these” adds Dr.
Michael Mertin. The main advantages of the high-power diode lasers are
their high efficiency, compact design and low operating voltage. The
capacity range of the lasers can be variably adapted to the
requirements of the respective field of application.
Jenoptik is one of the leading suppliers of high-power diode lasers and
acknowledged worldwide as a leader in quality. For the development and
production of the lasers Jenoptik’s primary focus is on a long
lifetime, excellent beam quality, high output power and simultaneously
efficient mass production. The laser bars from Berlin form the basis
for the high-power diode lasers which are developed and manufactured by
Jenoptik in Jena. The laser bars are also sold to customers worldwide.
The Group has control of the entire technology chain to manufacture
these lasers, the most energy efficient of any kind. The service range
also includes the so-called epitaxial process, i.e. applying the
optically active layers to the GaAs substrate.
Jenoptik has had its own production facilities in Berlin-Adlershof
since 2006. The optoelectronic base material and the efficient
production of this material are being developed by Jenoptik in close
collaboration with the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute, Leibniz Institute for
High Frequency Technology (FBH) in Berlin-Adlershof. JENOPTIK Diode
Lab, created in February 2002 as a spin-off from the FBH, is an example
for successful know-how and technology transfer. Therewith, Jenoptik is
incorporated within a comprehensive network of research institutions at
the Science and Technology Park Adlershof and benefits from being
located in direct proximity to the technology partner.
Currently Jenoptik employs 70 people at Berlin, mainly in the Lasers
& Material Processing and Optical Systems divisions. As a result of
the investment, the number of employees will increase by 2013 according
to the expected further growth.
Further information at www.jenoptik.com/