Armin Luft, founder and CEO of Laser 2000 GmbH, was appointed to the Senate of Economy in Bonn at the beginning of January. He was appointed on the strength of his 40 years of experience and expertise in the field of photonics.
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Armin Luft was appointed because he is a well-known business personality and a pioneer in the field of photonics. The Senate wished to honor Luft’s contributions to German industry and his innovative creative talent. Photonics has become an interdisciplinary field of technology with a bright future ahead of it. Keeping up with advancements in this field will be crucial to ensuring that Germany remains competitive on the international market. All forecasts indicate that photonics will significantly influence the technological and economic landscape of this century, analogous to the way in which electronics shaped the last century.
Luft, who studied electrical engineering and co-initiated the Laser World of Photonics trade fair, will bring his knowledge of photonics to the fore in his capacity as senator. Today, Laser World of Photonics is by far the largest event for the photonics industry worldwide. It is now also held in China and India, thanks to the support of Messe München.
As a member of the Senate, Armin Luft would like to become involved in the conceptual work behind the ongoing development in the field of photonics. Over the past few years, photonics has advanced from a niche technological field to one of Germany’s most important future-oriented industries.
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