24-25 October 2023
EPIC Meeting on Laser Applications along Battery Manufacturing Process at ARENA2036
Stuttgart, Germany

In cooperation with
EPIC Members
290.00 Excl. VAT
Invited companies
290.00 Excl. VAT
490.00 Excl. VAT

The increasing demand for modern electric vehicles has led to the need for more efficient batteries with enhanced performances. Different innovative designs and constructions promise to deliver several benefits to consumers (such as greater range, more power, faster charging times, longer lifetime or better operation in cold weather) and manufacturers (a more streamlined production and reduced costs). These new constructions also require new production concepts. During the last years, laser processing of battery materials has established itself as one of the best processing tools for improving manufacturing flexibility and product reliability. Laser cutting and welding reached a high level of maturity, and they are already implemented in battery production lines. Laser cutting can be applied to different components of the batteries, including separators and electrodes. Laser welding has evolved to cover the need for a minimal heat affected zone, accurate penetration depth control, high process speed and welding of dissimilar metals, with the development of new laser sources with the right parameters. Other laser processes, as laser texturing of electrode materials, laser structuring and modification of batteries components or laser ablation to remove the coatings on the busbars, are also emerging with a high potential to enhance batteries performances.

In this meeting, we will discuss with the whole supply chain the latest developments, new applications and the trends in this market. We will also cover the upcoming needs and challenges from the end users regarding new tools and components.


23 October 2023, Monday

18:30 – 22:00 Optional pre-event dinner @ Kitchen Bio Restaurant Böblingen (Charles-Lindbergh-Straße 7, 71034 Böblingen)

24 October 2023, Tuesday

11:30 Bus transfer from V8 Hotel, Charles-Lindbergh-Platz 1, 71034 Böblingen to ARENA2036

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & light lunch
13:00 – 13:05 Welcome words by EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:10 Welcome words by the Hosts (Precitec, IFSW, Arena)
13:15 – 13:30 ARENA2036The ARENA2036 Concept – Peter Froschle, CEO (Germany)
13:30 – 14:00 KEYNOTE: Audi – Flexible Use of Laser Beam Technology for E-mobility – Jan-Philipp Weberpals, Subject Specialist Laser Beam Processes for Car Body Construction and Electromobility (Germany)

14:00 – 15:15 SESSION 1: Photonics Applications in Kathode/Anode Manufacturing
14:00 – 14:15 TBA
14:15 – 14:30 ALPhANOVLaserstructuring of Foils – Rainer Kling, Business Unit Manager Laser Processes (France)
14:30 – 14:45 Precitec Photonical Quality Systems for Foil Manufacturing – Jens Reiser, Sales & Innovation E-Mobility (Germany)
14:45 – 15:00 TBA.
15:00 – 15:15 TBA.

15:15 – 16:00 Networking coffee break

16:00 – 17:45 SESSION 2: Photonic Applications in Battery Cell Manufacturing
16:00 – 16:30 KEYNOTE: ACC – Automotive Cells CompanyOn the road to Gigascale Cell Manufacturing – Christoph Weber, R&D Manager (Germany)
16:30 – 16:45 BBW LasertechnikContacting of Battery Cells – Andreas Burger, CEO (Germany)
16:45 – 17:00 EnovasenseLaser Thickness Measurement Systems – Geoffrey Bruno, Founder (France)
17:00 – 17:15 SCANLAB – Next Generation Laser Scanners – Holger Schluter, Head of Business Development (Germany)
17:15 – 17:30 TBA.
17:30 – 17:45 TBA.

17:45 – 17:50 Review of the day by EPIC

17:50 Departure by bus transfer to the dinner location

18:15 – 19:00 Guided tour through Motorworld 

19:00 – 22:00 Networking dinner @ Wichtel Hausbrauerei Böblingen (Graf-Zeppelin-Platz
71034 Böblingen)


25 October 2023, Wednesday

08:00 Bus transfer from V8 Hotel, Charles-Lindbergh-Platz 1, 71034 Böblingen to ARENA2036
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:45 SESSION 3: Photonic Applications in Battery Module Manufacturing
09:00 – 09:30 KEYNOTE: TBA.
09:30 – 09:45 PilzPhotonic Sensors and Radar Sensors for Innovative Control of the Safety Area in Battery Production – Matthias Holzäpfel, Vice President Advanced Development (Germany)
09:45 – 10:00 CailabsScanner / Laser Applications on Battery Modules – Gwenn Pallier, Product Line Manager (France)
10:00 – 10:15 PrecitecIntelligent Laserwelding Systems for Yield Improvement – Alexis Donke, Teamleader Global Account Management Laser Welding (Germany)
10:15 – 10:30 VON ARDENNERequirements for Precision Optical Coating Systems for the Production of Optics for Laser Machining – Michael Schneider, Industry Manager Optics (Germany)
10:30 – 10:45 PRIMES – Thomas Umschlag, General Manager (Germany)

10:45 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 SESSION 4: Photonic Applications in Fuel Cell Manufacturing
11:30 – 12:00 KEYNOTE: TBA
12:00 – 12:15 ARENA2036The role of Hydrogen in Transportation – Peter Fröschle, CEO (Germany)
12:15 – 12:30 Bosch – Fuel Cell – Andreas Russ, Process Development Engineer (Germany)
12:30 – 12:45 Weil EngineeringThe Challenging Process: Series Production of Laser-welded Bipolar Plates – Florian Weil, Head of Development & Innovation (Germany)
12:45 – 13:00 IFSW – Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge – AI-empowered Flexible Laser Production – Andreas Michalowski, Professor (Germany)

13:00 – 15:45 Visit IFSW / ARENA2036 including Lunch at IFSW


We recommend you to book your room at the V8 Hotel (address: Charles-Lindbergh-Platz 1, 71034 Böblingen) directly on their website or booking.com or any other hotel nearby.

The bus transfers will be organized from / to ARENA2036/ dinner place to / from V8 hotel only.


ARENA2036 (address: Pfaffenwaldring 19/2. OG, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany)

Subject Specialist Laser Beam Processes for Car Body Construction and Electromobility at Audi
Business Unit Manager at Alphanov
Sales & Innovation E-Mobility at Precitec
Head Of Business Development at ScanLab
Vice President Advanced Development at Pilz
Product Line Manager at Cailabs
Teamleader Laser Welding at Precitec
Industry Manager Optics at Von Ardenne
Process Development Engineer at Bosch
Head of Development & Innovation at Weil Enginering
General Manager at PRIMES

More speakers will be announced soon.


More attendees will be announced soon.

Program Manager
Antonio Castelo, PhD
Antonio Castelo, PhD
Technology Manager for Bio-Medical and Lasers
Event Manager
Natascha Orban
Natascha Orban
Events Manager