LASEROPTIK was founded by Dr. Johannes Ebert, with involvement of his wife Angelika and today's senior coating manager Werner Moorhoff.
In the 12 preceding years Dr. Ebert had gained experience in the manufacturing and characterisation of thin films at the Institute of Quantum Optics at the University of Hanover.
He became a pioneer in the development of plasma- and ion-guns, for the reduction of absorption- and scatter-losses and for the improvement of the damage resistance of high power coatings.
As spin-off of the ”Institute of Quantum Optics“ the ”Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH)“ is founded in close vicinity (only 10 km) to LASEROPTIK's site: The beginning of a constructive and fruitful cooperation.
A new company building is erected and furnished with 7 additional Balzers coating machines over the following years.
The ”Optics Barn“ (”Optikscheune“) is constructed in the style of a Lower Saxony half-timbered house and is equipped with the latest cleanroom technology.
LASEROPTIK starts a two year R&D effort with DSI Inc., USA.
In close collaboration with the american engineering experts, Martin Ebert, the founder's elder son, develops a unique magnetron sputtering system and establishes this technology at LASEROPTIK.
Under the leadership of Dr. Ebert's sons Martin and Wolfgang a new company building – the ”Laserhof“ – is erected.
It provides additional space for a number of coating machines in three cleanrooms.
LASEROPTIK EXPRESS – a rapid prototyping and overnight coating service – is running.
More than 100 orders were processed in the first year.
Dr. Wolfgang Ebert is taking over the general management from his father. Starting work for the company in 1997, he learned the skills of a thin film engineer from scratch.
Since then he has left his own footprints as head of new programs and initiatives like the EXPRESS service, LOOP, the development of IBS, innovative coating concepts and various other strategic and pragmatic advances.
CEO Dr. Wolfgang Ebert
LASEROPTIK proudly describes itself as a high-tech family business. This means besides taking care of the long term growth and continuous reinvestments to give our customers and suppliers a reliable perspective, we take the responsibility for our employees very seriously.
The company runs its own corporate childcare with a kindergarten teacher, for the children of the employees, starting at the age of 1 year.
The working culture at LASEROPTIK is also expressed in company outings and annual family events such as ball rolling (”Bosseln“) across the fields in wintertime, summer parties and excursions.
“Bosseln” – a cross-country enjoyment in winter and springtime
The Ebert family erected a nesting place on the grounds of LASEROPTIK in order to support the resettlement of the endangered white stork (lat. ciconia ciconia). The initiative was successful, until today 23 young storks grew up.
In the natural habitats on the company's ground a lot of other protected species such as frogs, salamanders, owls and bats can be observed.
To save energy and environmental resources, the waste heat of the coating chambers is used for heating the laboratories and offices.
LASEROPTIK has a recycling and waste management in place and is supplied by 100% ecological power from regenerative sources.
LOOP is introduced, the LASEROPTIK Online Portal. It allows to individually configure and buy laser optics online.
The web-based system gives you online access to a selection of more than 1,200 coatings and 390 standard substrates out of our data base stock with 25,000 different coating designs and 11,000 own substrates.
After 12 years it becomes necessary to expand the ”Laserhof“ to meet the strong demand for high power optics.
LASEROPTIK started a second building extension of the ”Laserhof“ with additional 3500 m2 and tailored cleanrooms, e.g. for grand IBS machines.
Today 42 coating machines (18 IBS) produce Ø 180,000 coated optics/year on 7,900 m2.
LASEROPTIK was awarded the national SME prize ("Deutscher Mittelstandspreis"), for their social ethics and ecological orientation.
LASEROPTIK was privileged to be visited by chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. After a tour through the cleanrooms and around the production facilities she was impressed by the expertise and the worldwide reputation of our specialized products.