TRUMPF’s e-mobility solutions
TRUMPF application engineer in the laser laboratory welding a battery tray
Leading high-technology company TRUMPF is benefiting from the auto industry’s shift toward e-mobility. One of TRUMPF’s key contributions is a new laser that is better suited to welding copper than any other laser, a key development driven by TRUMPF laser specialists as part of the company’s e-mobility strategy.
Regarded as the most important material for conducting electricity, copper plays an essential role in the e-mobility sector. The new laser offers a more efficient means of welding copper for applications such as the high-power electronic systems used in electric cars. “The transition toward e-mobility offers some major opportunities for industry,” says Christian Schmitz, head of the Laser Technology division at TRUMPF. “The important thing now is to rapidly address the new areas of business and technology that are emerging from this structural transformation.” TRUMPF expects further growth for its own business as a result of the change in the automotive industry. The company’s sales of products and solutions that are channelled straight into e-mobility have doubled compared to figures for the previous year. “Twenty percent of our order intake from the auto industry is now coming from e-mobility. That’s twice as much as last year,” says Christian Schmitz.
TRUMPF has supported these structural changes in the auto industry as a pioneering force in its specialist field, building up a worldwide network of experts entirely dedicated to e-mobility. As well as adapting part of its product and technology portfolio to the demands of the industry, the company has also simultaneously embarked on a series of new development projects. “The fact that we have succeeded in shifting our focus to e-mobility in such a relatively short space of time is primarily due to our decades of experience in the high-tech sector and our specific expertise in the auto industry,” says Christan Schmitz. One example has been TRUMPF’s success in transferring its knowledge of battery pack technology and manufacturing from the medical devices sector to e-mobility.
Structural change brings further growth for TRUMPF
On top of the existing auto industry, plenty of other players are also entering the automotive market, including disruptive start-ups from all over the world, Chinese companies and new companies from various fields, predominantly in battery manufacturing. “We have the products, technologies and manufacturing expertise we need to equip all these companies with e-mobility solutions, both existing industry players and market newcomers. We already have development partnerships with traditional auto makers and we’ve been involved in the development process at key start-ups from the very beginning. In terms of up-and-coming companies from China, our years of technology experience have made us a sought-after partner in the field of battery manufacturing,” concludes Christian Schmitz.
£3 million sales confirmed
The projection that TRUMPF UK sales will close at the end of this current financial year at more than £52 million was certainly enhanced by orders the company received at its Open House event that ran from 12th–14th June. TRUMPF UK welcomed more than 200 visitors from 130 manufacturing companies and several were sufficiently impressed by what they saw to make an investment, confirming this event to be among the highlights of the sheet metalworking calendar in UK.
TRUMPF UK reports confirmed orders across its product ranges including the TruBend, TruPunch, TruMark and TruLaser including a TruLaser tube cutting machine. In total the order value was around £3 million.
All TRUMPF technologies were featured at the show, but the focus was on Industry 4.0, automation and the connected factory at every stage of implementation. Early feedback has confirmed that many visitors benefited significantly from the guidance of TRUMPF experts in this field who came from Austria, Germany and the USA.
Machine highlights included the TruLaser 3030 6kW and TruLaser 5030 8kW machines, both with BrightLine fiber, the TruPunch 5000 with SheetMaster, the TruBend 5130 with various productivity features and the TruTool power tools including the new 18V range.
The Open House also proved the excellent launch platform for the new TruLaser 2030 4kW BrightLine fiber machine in the UK, an entry level product for flat sheet laser cutting which sparked much interest.