Prima Power announces the completion of the development and production of a high-power laser source with fiber technology, thus becoming the first laser machine manufacturer which has internally developed its own laser source with fiber technology.
The laser source CF3000 (3 kW), achieved through an intensive development activity over the last few years, was already successfully installed since over six months at some pilot customers’; it will be produced at the Group plants of Chicopee (Massachusetts – USA), Barone Canavese (Turin) and, in perspective, at Suzhou’s plant (China). The CF4000 (4 kW) will be also introduced during the year.
Up today the only supplier of fiber laser sources for the Group was the U.S. company IPG Photonics, with which Prima Power maintains a strong long-lasting relationship. The development of this product will allow the Group to rely on an alternative for a highly strategic component for its own business such as the fiber laser source, which represents today a winning technology for specific applications.
Prima Power is expecting a remarkable growth from laser machines, taking advantage of the recent introduction of new models, such as Laser Next in the field of three-dimensional laser cutting machines (and in particular for the automotive market), Platino 2.0 Fiber and Laser Genius in the segment of 2D cutting, and Combi Genius in the sector of laser-punching combi machines.
The Group’s target for 2016, the first year for the fiber laser production, is a gradual ramp-up in volumes up to approx. 10 units per month to be delivered to customers. The own laser source will also allow a more efficient after-sale activity, allowing to return to a situation where the Group is the sole responsible towards the end users.