Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

With more than 415 employees and more than 19,500 m² net floor space the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is worldwide one of the most important development and contract research institutes of its specific field. The activities cover a wide range of areas such as the development of new laser beam sources and components, precise laser based metrology, testing technology and industrial laser processes. This includes laser cutting, caving, drilling, welding and soldering as well as surface treatment, micro processing and rapid manufacturing.

Furthermore, the Fraunhofer ILT is engaged in laser plant technology, process control, modelling and simulation as well as in the entire system technology. We offer feasibility studies, process qualification and laser integration in customer specific manufacturing lines.

The Fraunhofer ILT is part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, with 67 institutes, nearly 24,000 employees and an annual research budget of more than 2.1 billion euros.


Board of Directors



Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Reinhart Poprawe


Deputy Director

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Peter Loosen


Financial Director

Dr. Vasvija Alagic-Keller

Competence Area Manager


Lasers and Optics

Dipl.-Ing. Hans-Dieter Hoffmann


Additive Manufacturing and Functional Layers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum


Ablation and Joining

Dr.-Ing. Arnold Gillner


Measurement Technology and EUV Sources

PD Dr. rer. nat. Reinhard Noll




Dr. Vasvija Alagic-Keller


Marketing and Communications

Dipl.-Phys. Axel Bauer


Quality Management

Dr.-Ing. Alexander Drenker


Dr. Bruno Weikl