Company News Well-positioned for laser technology’s fourth decade

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Scanlab GmbH is marking its 30th anniversary as an OEM manufacturer of scan systems that guide and position laser beams.

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Scanlab headquarters, Puchheim near Munich, Germany
Scanlab headquarters, Puchheim near Munich, Germany
(Source: Scanlab)

Residing in the Greater Munich area, the supplier of laser technology components has successfully practiced a one-site strategy. With 30 years of photonics market presence, the pioneering company looks back at continuous growth while also being well positioned for the coming years. Founded in 1990, Scanlab began small. For its first five years, the company’s fewer-than-ten employees worked from a subleased 100 m2 office in the Munich suburb of Planegg. A broader audience saw its self-developed scan head and associated control electronics for the first time at Munich’s 1995 Laser tradeshow. The system attracted considerable interest along with several orders — and a success story commenced. By 1999, the company had already hired its 30th employee. Meanwhile, Scanlab developed into a system supplier, offering a diverse range of galvanometer-based scan solutions. Suitable control electronics and assorted software products rounded out the product palette.

When asked about his secret to success, CEO Georg Hofner replied: “Always striving for organizational flexibility, as we see change as an opportunity. Afterall, technological and societal changes are facts of life. Companies must show some resilience and be able to respond adaptively. We’ve succeeded at doing this for 30 years and we aim to continue.”