Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Live from LASYS 2012: Savvy crowds return

The second day of LASYS dawned gray, gloomy, and wet, but the anticipated crowds showed up once again, certifying that, in Germany at least, day two is the most heavily attended. The show's six aisles were full early, and through mid-day most exhibitors were busy meeting prospects. Add to this the extra attendance offered by large numbers of attendees at the Stuttgart Laser Technology Congress being held concurrently, and Wednesday should be a good day for exhibitors. Assuming that the attendance holds up, LASYS may make its target numbers by the end of Thursday.

Several new-to-LASYS exhibitors showing ultrafast pulse and/or fiber lasers or disc lasers drew the attention of show goers. Attendees conditioned to these lasers and the applications they process were drawn to the offerings of new suppliers. Counter to shows in the US where these products would be received as novel, potential users in Germany understand the processing advantages of these lasers as a given. This more knowledgeable customer base makes it easier for vendors to present the merits of a given laser system, rather than explain the processing advantages of a technology.

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