, History 2020

Bright ideas since 1985

Since the foundation of Z-Laser in 1985, the company stands like no other for innovation, quality and reliability in the industry. The founder, Kurt-Michael Zimmermann, focused on a strong development department already in the first years and recognized very early on that innovation leadership is the key for a successful company in the laser industry.

Our company history

  • 1985

    Diploma in industrial engineering K.-M. Zimmermann founds Z-LASER in Freiburg. The company initially specializes in the new development of laser systems for positioning assistance.

  • 1989

    Presentation of Z-LASER at the wood trade fair LIGNA, Hannover.

  • 1991

    Development of the 3D measuring system Vision 2000 and presentation of the first diode lasers.

  • 1995

    Presentation of Z-LASER in India (Jaipur) at the largest stone fair in the country. Company founder Kurt-Micheal Zimmermann presents the company and its products.

  • 1997

    Z-LASER presents itself in the German pavilion of the New Delhi (India) fair.

  • 1998

    Development of the first Z-LASER laser projector. Here still as prototype. The laser beam is deflected by optoacoustic modulation.

  • 2000

    Z-LASER has established itself as a constant on the market with individually applicable laser systems. Z-LASER is the market leading laser manufacturer for the textile industry, tire production, concrete and prefabricated house industry and medical technology. The demand is cross-industry.

  • 2001

    Integration of the company Lasertechnik Deutschland GmbH into Z-LASER.

  • 2002

    Development of speed-dependent power control of laser projectors, new optics, mechanical and electronic designs

  • 2005

    ...at 134 Merzhauser Strasse.

    The location here offers room for growth and, thanks to direct access to public transport, makes it easy for employees to get to the company. There is also a large car park available for visitors and employees.

  • 2008

    Foundation of Z-LASER Italia Srl. (Milan).

  • 2010

    Foundation of Z-LASER America Inc. (Montreal).

  • 2011

    In the middle of the year the Z-LASER own solar park was established. From now on Z-LASER generates a considerable part of the energy demand via the in-house solar system.

  • 2011

    Introduction of the ZQ product range.

  • 2012

    The entire internal production processes were examined using lean management methods and adapted to the latest international standards.

  • 2013

    Z-FIBER, fiber coupled laser Front view

    - Introduction of the fiber-coupled lasers ZFSM / ZFMM - today Z-FIBER - Presentation of the camera- and laser-based measuring system Z3D-Control.

  • 2015

    At that time, Z-LASER was already working with more than 60 partners worldwide and now has about 85 employees thanks to strong growth in the OEM sector for customized laser solutions.

  • 2017

    The workforce as well as the production volume has steadily increased, so that we have again expanded our production area.

  • 2018

    The laser projector ZLP1 is presented and successfully introduced to the market.

  • 2019

    New managing director Dr. Hans Ebinger, repositioning and revision of the corporate design, installation of the company advisory board with Kurt-Michael Zimmermann, Dr. Ralf Lauterbach, Dr. rer. Nat. Dieter Pauschinger

  • 2020

    Z-LASER celebrates its 35th company anniversary.