Pioneer in the use of lasers in micro material processing
LPKF - LIGHT: The tool of the future
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG is a highly specialized photonics machinery manufacturer and the world’s leading provider of laser-driven production processes. LPKF develops all-in-one solutions for dynamic markets such as the electronics industry, automotive parts suppliers, the solar industry, medical technology, research institutions, and universities. The LPKF Group maintains a broad-based product portfolio.
With innovative ideas and application-specific know-how, the LPKF Group has taken a leading position in all of its segments while developing entirely new markets on a regular basis. To maintain its ability to innovate, the Company invests around 10% of its revenue into in-house R&D activities every single year.
In many industries, the superior precision offered by laser technology is supplanting traditional manufacturing techniques. Deployed as a tool, light is clearing the way for the environmentally friendly, digital production of increasingly smaller yet more powerful products.
The miniaturization megatrend demands increasingly precise and efficient manufacturing methods for products such as phones, sensors or microfluidic systems, while the progressive digitization of manufacturing (Industry 4.0) calls for greater flexibility in production. Unlike conventional tools, lasers can be programmed for a multitude of tasks and integrate easily into the digital systems used for the process control of entire production runs.
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG is headquartered in Garbsen near Hannover, Germany. The Company maintains a broad-based global presence, with a workforce of 683 based at sites in Europe, Asia and the US. The export share was around 90% in the 2017 financial year.
The shares of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG are listed on the Prime Standard segment of Deutsche Börse.
LPKF Group Structure
Chronicle of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
In the mid-1970s engineer Jürgen Seebach develops a mechanical process for the production of printed circuit boards and a milling depth limiter. In 1976, a worldwide patent application is filed.
Foundation of LPKF CAD/CAM Systeme GmbH in Scheffelstraße in Hannnover. The first System for the production of printed circuit boards, the LPKF 39, is presented at the Hannover Fair.
The bases for a worldwide sales network was laid with the establishment of LPKF in the USA.
LPKF Motion & Control GmbH is founded in Suhl. The subsidary develops and implements innovative drive and control solutions.
LPKF presents the first StencilLaser for the prooduction of SMD stencils
LPKF Laser & Electronika d. o. o. is founded as a new production location in Slovenia.
LPKF turns to a public limited company and gets listed on the Neuer Markt.
LPKF Tianjin Co Ltd. is founded in China. LPKF acquires a stake in Laserquipment AG, which develops produces and sells system solutions for laser plastic welding.
With the MicroLine, LPKF develops and manufactures a laser system for drilling and structuring printed circuit boards.
The LPKF-LDS process is used in the series production of three-dimensonial injection-molded cicuit carriers (MIDs)
The newly founded subsidiary LPKF SolarQuipment GmbH develops and manufactures laser system for structuring thin-film solar cells.
ProtoLaser S is the world's only laser system for prototyping that can structure laminated substrates.
The Fusion3D achieves a breakthrough in the mass production of three-dimensonial circuit carriers (laser direct structuring, LDS).
LPKF receives the renowned Hermes Award for the Fusion3D laser scriber.
The compact UV laser system - ML 1000S combines cutting speed with highest precision in LPKF quality.
Admission to TecDAX - the LPKF share is listed in the TecDAX technology index.
LPKF's mission statement: Success is Teamwork
1. We work for the success of our customers.
Benefiting our customers is the focus of our work. All our activities and decisions are aimed at improving the competitiveness of our customers through technological advancement and cost savings.
2. We utilize success to sustainably strengthen LPKF.
A successful enterprise is in the interest of customers, business partners, employees, and shareholders. Our particular focus is therefore on strengthening the company’s innovative resources and profitability to lay the foundations for sustained, long-term growth.
3. We focus on leading positions in technology.
LPKF is a technology group. We shape the technological progress and gain leading market positions through the strength of our superior solutions. We concentrate our efforts on products with the potential to become the number one or number two in market position.
4. We work internationally and partnership-based.
A sense of professional partnership characterizes our relationships: with customers, suppliers and distributors as well as with companies and individual employees within the LPKF group. As part of an internationally active group, we strive for understanding and cooperation between various cultures and philosophies, and always place our common interests at the forefront of international relations.
5. We deliver quality.
The high quality of our products is the key to customer satisfaction. All employees shoulder responsibility for the quality of the work we do for our customers. LPKF promotes the professional qualifications of its employees to sustain the high quality of LPKF products.
6. We do our share to protect the environment.
With laser-based technology we help to reduce waste. It is our policy to continue on the path of environmental awareness with our eco-friendly product design and sustainable business practices.
7. We are concerned about the health and well-being of all of our colleagues
Health and well-being are the foundation for success. This is why staying healthy and ensuring workplace safety are high priorities for us.
8. We continually strive for improvement.
We are never satisfied with the status quo. Instead, we constantly aim to optimize our products and the processes required for their development and production. It goes without saying that our corporate culture is open and encourages learning and constructive criticism.
9. We take corporate social responsibility very seriously.
Our responsibility extends to our customers, employees, business partners, shareholders and the public. Being a good corporate citizen includes obeying applicable laws at all times and everywhere, respecting ethical principles and pursuing sustainability. The LPKF Compliance Code supports us in this endeavor.