News › JENOPTIK • Major order from the auto­mo­tive industry

The order com­pri­ses three com­plete pro­duc­tion cells for cut­ting and wel­ding body com­pon­ents for electric cars.

Jenoptik’s Light & Pro­duc­tion divi­sion has won a major order from the auto­mo­tive indus­try. Jen­op­tik will design and manu­fac­ture three auto­ma­ted pro­duc­tion cells for body com­pon­ents for Gestamp, a mul­ti­na­tio­nal com­pany spe­cia­li­zed in metal com­pon­ents manufacturing.

More con­cretely, Jen­op­tik will be respon­si­ble for the design, manu­fac­ture and inte­gra­tion of the com­ple­tely auto­ma­ted pro­duc­tion cells, which will each also be equip­ped with Jen­op­tik laser machi­nes. With the help of the pro­duc­tion cells, com­plex car body parts for electric vehi­cles will be manu­fac­tu­red at one of the Gestamp plants in Germany.

With its range of state-of-the-art laser pro­ces­sing tech­no­lo­gies, the Jen­op­tik Light & Pro­duc­tion divi­sion has deve­lo­ped into a key sup­plier in the glo­bal auto­mo­tive mar­ket in recent years. With its indus­trial auto­ma­tion busi­ness based in North Ame­rica and Spain, the Jen­op­tik divi­sion offers com­plex inte­gra­ted manu­fac­tu­ring solu­ti­ons with a focus on machine and pro­cess auto­ma­tion and spe­cia­li­zes in laser machi­ning pro­ces­ses and the inte­gra­tion of other machi­ning technologies.

Inte­gra­ted pro­duc­tion lines and laser pro­ces­sing in the auto­mo­tive indus­try are inde­pen­dent of the type of drive and are key pro­cess steps in the manu­fac­ture of vehi­cles with new drive tech­no­lo­gies. In addi­tion to the pro­ces­ses for body­work pro­ces­sing (laser cut­ting, wel­ding), the pro­duc­tion tech­no­lo­gies are also requi­red for new app­li­ca­ti­ons in auto­mo­tive engi­nee­ring, such as e‑mobility, inte­riors and dri­ver assi­s­tance systems.

”With this order, we are taking ano­t­her major step in our stra­te­gic direc­tion to estab­lish our­sel­ves as a sup­plier of inte­gra­ted manu­fac­tu­ring solu­ti­ons. It will enable us to streng­t­hen our growth and diver­si­fi­ca­tion in the e‑mobility seg­ment, fur­ther expand our stra­te­gic part­ners­hip with Gestamp and demons­trate our com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness in the high-tech sec­tor right in front of our door,” says Mar­tin Kuhn­hen, Head of the Light & Pro­duc­tion division.

Fol­lowing the acqui­si­tion of the auto­ma­tion spe­cia­list Pro­do­max in North Ame­rica in mid-2018 and suc­cess­ful joint deve­lo­p­ments of tech­ni­cal solu­ti­ons tog­e­ther with the Laser Pro­ces­sing busi­ness unit, Jen­op­tik had already recei­ved several major orders for auto­ma­ted assem­bly lines from the North Ame­ri­can auto­mo­tive indus­try last year. Since Janu­ary this year, the Spa­nish com­pany INTEROB – also spe­cia­li­zed in auto­ma­tion solu­ti­ons – has been part of the Jen­op­tik Group. This means that Jen­op­tik has a direct pre­sence in the glo­bal hot­spots of the auto­mo­tive indus­try and can now use its know-how to bet­ter serve the Euro­pean market.

”Espe­cially against the back­ground of cur­rent deve­lo­p­ments in the auto­mo­tive indus­try, we are deligh­ted to be able to help shape the tran­si­tion to new drive tech­no­lo­gies. We see that our stra­tegy, which we have advan­ced with tar­ge­ted acqui­si­ti­ons, is paying off,” says Jen­op­tik Pre­si­dent & CEO Ste­fan Traeger.


Jen­op­tik is a glo­bally ope­ra­ting tech­no­logy group, which is active in the three pho­to­nics-based divi­si­ons Light & Optics, Light & Pro­duc­tion and Light & Safety as well as with VINCORION for mecha­tro­nics solu­ti­ons. Opti­cal tech­no­lo­gies are the very basis of our busi­ness with the majo­rity of our pro­ducts and ser­vices being pro­vi­ded to the pho­to­nics mar­ket. Our key tar­get mar­kets pri­ma­rily include the semi­con­duc­tor equip­ment indus­try, the medi­cal tech­no­logy, auto­mo­tive and mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring, traf­fic, avia­tion as well as the secu­rity and defense tech­no­logy indus­tries. Jen­op­tik is lis­ted on the Frank­furt Stock Exchange, has more than 4,100 employees and gene­ra­ted reve­nue of approx. 855 mil­lion euros in 2019.

The Light & Pro­duc­tion divi­sion of Jen­op­tik is a glo­bally active spe­cia­list in the opti­miz­a­tion of manu­fac­tu­ring pro­ces­ses. With our many years of expe­ri­ence and know-how in the fields of indus­trial metro­logy and opti­cal inspec­tion, modern laser-based mate­rial pro­ces­sing and highly fle­xi­ble robot-based auto­ma­tion, we deve­lop cus­to­mi­zed manu­fac­tu­ring solu­ti­ons for our cus­to­mers in the auto­mo­tive, aero­space, medi­cal tech­no­logy and other manu­fac­tu­ring indus­tries. As a firmly estab­lis­hed key sup­plier in the glo­bal auto­mo­tive mar­ket, we face the modern chal­len­ges of fle­xi­bi­lity, pro­duc­ti­vity and incre­a­sing vari­ant diver­sity on a daily basis, thus mee­ting the gro­wing demand for com­plex and turn­key indus­trial solu­ti­ons with a focus on machine inte­gra­tion and pro­cess auto­ma­tion. As a deve­lo­p­ment and opti­miz­a­tion part­ner, we jointly face our cus­to­mers‹ mar­ket-spe­ci­fic chal­len­ges and, by intel­li­gently com­bi­ning our key tech­no­lo­gies, take cus­to­mer-spe­ci­fic sys­tems to a new, for­ward-loo­king level.

About Gestamp

Gestamp is a mul­ti­na­tio­nal com­pany spe­cia­li­zed in the design, deve­lo­p­ment and manu­fac­ture of highly engi­nee­red metal com­pon­ents for top vehi­cle manu­fac­tu­rers. It deve­lops pro­ducts with an inno­va­tive design to pro­duce ligh­ter and safer vehi­cles, which offer impro­ved energy con­sump­tion and a redu­ced envi­ron­men­tal impact. Its pro­ducts cover the areas of body-in-white, chas­sis and mecha­nisms. The com­pany is pre­sent in 23 coun­tries with more than 100 manu­fac­tu­ring plants, 13 R&D cen­ters and a work­force of nearly 43,000 employees world­wide. Its tur­no­ver was €9,065m in 2019. Gestamp is lis­ted on the Spa­nish stock mar­ket under the GEST ticker.


Tho­mas Fritsche
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