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Machine tools, laser and medical technology manufacturer Trumpf has indeed achieved the highest sales in its history in the financial year 2011/12 (June 30). However, it is feeling the first effects of the economic downturn. Thus, some customers are now back with new investments, the Swabian family-owned company from Ditzingen, near Stuttgart, said on Thursday.

Revenues for the family-owned business increased in the last financial year by 15 percent to EUR 2.33 billion, thanks largely to sales of machine tools, laser welding equipment and medical equipment. The Medical Systems Division grew by 5 percent to EUR 185 million compared with the previous year. Sales drivers included surgical lights and ceiling supply units.

Trumpf, however, continues to pursue its strategy of innovation. They have founded a joint venture with the Munich Max Planck Director of Quantum Optics, Professor Ferenc Krausz, developing ultra-short pulse lasers for scientific applications and manufacturers. Also in terms of the new generation chips, Trumpf is on the front line developing a laser for generating X-rays that can be used to edit these extremely miniaturised chips.

The export-dependent Group employs over 9600 people worldwide. Trumpf operates in medical operating tables and surgical lights, as well as ceiling pendants, lighting concepts, equipment carts and offering solutions for patient transport.

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