Our History

From start-up to economic factor in the Aachen technology region

Enthused by the idea of “cleaning with light”, Dipl.-Ing., Dipl.-Kfm. Edwin Büchter and Dr. Winfried Barkhausen founded the company Clean-Lasersysteme as managing partners.

Both partners had previously worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) in Aachen and thus already had extensive experience in the field of laser technology before the company was founded.

Rueckansicht Aachener Dom
Abendstimmung Dornkaulstr. cleanLASER

Some highlights of the company’s history

    • 1997: Foundation of Clean-Lasersysteme GmbH
    • 1999: Move to the Technology Park Herzogenrath (TPH)
    • 2003: First distribution partnerships
    • 2007: Move to the own building
    • 2010: Awarded the German Environmental Prize
    • 2012: Construction of the own pump modules for the laser sources
    • 2015: cleanCell development and further development of automation technology
    • 2017: 20th anniversary with approx. 120 employees, over 1.200 installed systems, 20 Partner companies worldwide for Sales and Service
    • 2018: Move into the new production building and into the central entrance warehouse
    • 2018: More than 30 different applications in automotive industry, e.g. for E-mobility
    • 2019: Gantry units as complete solutions for processing large-area components
    • 2019: New Training and Education Center cleanACADEMY
    • 2020: New wireLINE systems for highly efficient paint-stripping of copper wire
    • 2020: First CL 2000 as the most powerful handheld laser worldwide
    • 2021: New effiSCAN optics – Ergonomic hand optics for highly efficient laser processing
    • 2022: 25 years Clean-Lasersysteme GmbH, approx. 2,000 installed systems in use worldwide


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