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Laser 2000 was founded in 1986 by Armin Luft in Munich, Germany. Since then, the company has grown steadily and expanded throughout Europe. With offices in almost all relevant European countries, the company is now by far the largest sales company in the field of photonics. Over the past 30 years, the company has made a name for itself as a professional consultant and supplier of innovative laser and photonic solutions.

Based on manufacturer-independent system solutions, the company works together with the world’s most innovative manufacturers to provide optimal solutions for customers and their applications. Our employees have already successfully advised more than 14,000 customers, and sell products and solutions to them in 60 countries around the world.

Photonics is a cross-sectional technology that is present in all major industries today, and which enjoys far-above-average growth. Various fields, such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, sensor technology, test and measurement technology, telecommunications, analytics, image processing, data transmission, material processing, safety engineering, aerospace, and much more, increasingly rely on the benefits of photonic solutions.

  • Lasers are ubiquitous tools; they make data transmission and broadband Internet possible. Through the use of lasers and fiber optic networks, the volume of data transferred worldwide was increased by a factor of 10 million over the past ten years.
  • Efficiency, precision, and quality in industrial production have also rapidly developed as a result of laser technology. Thanks to laser-based manufacturing processes, the storage capacity of chips doubles each year.
  • Through the use of various laser sources, microscopy has made important strides in the investigation of living cells, the deepening of scientific knowledge, and the development of medical diagnostics. Fiber optics enable minimally invasive surgery.
  • Optical sensor technology is revolutionizing conventional mechanical sensor technologies due to its EMV immunity.
  • Autonomous driving is made possible through photonics, and automation technology and many other fields are increasingly making use of photonic technologies.
  • Optical data networks form the backbone and the basis for Industry 4.0.

We have now left the ‘century of electronics’ and entered the century of photonics.

Armin Luft is a Senator of the German Economy


At the beginning of January 2016, the Founder and former Managing Director of Laser 2000 GmbH, Armin Luft, was appointed on the strength of his more than 40 years of experience and expertise gleaned as a pioneer of photonics to the German Senate of the Economy – a group of leading figures in business, science, media, and culture, as well as representatives from the fields of politics and diplomacy, who act as independent consultants in politics and economics.

Luft, who studied electrical engineering and helped initiate "Laser, World of Photonics", the world’s largest meeting for this sector, will mainly contribute his knowledge from the field of photonics. Photonics will significantly influence the technological and economic landscape of this century, analogous to the way in which electronics shaped the last century. Keeping up with advancements in this field will be crucial to ensuring that Germany remains competitive on the international market.
As a Senator, Armin Luft would like to contribute to the conceptual work for the further development of photonics. The Senate of Economy works in accordance with John F. Kennedy’s guiding principle: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” It supports politics through initiatives and practical suggestions, drawing on the expertise of entrepreneurs and executives. Special areas of focus include a sustainable economy, a global social balance, and climate justice.