Laser-gas metal arc (GMA) hybrid welding is fast, good for deep welding, and can be used to bridge large gaps. However, for thicker high-strength, fine-grain structural steels, hot cracks and undesired hardness levels can occur in the welding seam. For this reason, in an interdisciplinary project scientists at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) have developed a hybrid welding system with inductive preheating. This process can be used for reliable, high-quality, single-layer welding of high-strength, fine-grain structural steels up to a thickness of 20 mm.