Foundation Fraunhofer Institute
To provide local industry with access to forward-looking technology, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is founded in Aachen.
"Foreseeing the potential of the laser as a general tool was not difficult shortly after it was discovered. It was important for Fraunhofer to seize the opportunities as the development of a market for applications became apparent. The promising candidate for the management of the Fraunhofer ILT was working at the TU Darmstadt at that time, but North Rhine-Westphalia was most willing to start something big with this hope. We have set the concept for the ILT in Aachen in a small circle. When the plan became public, everything was already lashed. This confidential development in a network of reliable partners at federal, state and university level was the recipe for success.«
Dr. Alexander Imbusch, until 2006 Head of the Department of Research and Communication and "father" of many Fraunhofer Institutes.