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Laser Technologies, Components & Applications Market – Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 – 2017)

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Publishing Date: April 2012
Report Code: SE 1092

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Laser Technologies, Components & Applications Market – Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 – 2017) By Types (Fiber Laser, CO2 Laser, Solid State Laser, Excimer Laser, Dye Laser, Diode Laser)  & By Applications (Cutting & Welding, Marking & Engraving, Semiconductor & Micro Processing, Automotive Industry, Communication, Excimer Lithography, Data Storage, Medical, Defense, Instrumentation & Sensors, Pumps & Image Recording)

“Laser” stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. In the early technical literature, especially at Bell Telephone Laboratories, the laser was called an optical maser; this term is now obsolete. A laser which produces light by itself is technically an optical oscillator rather than an optical amplifier as suggested by the acronym. It has been humorously noted that the acronym LOSER, for "light oscillation by stimulated emission of radiation", would have been more correct. With the widespread use of the original acronym as a common noun, actual optical amplifiers have come to be referred to as "laser amplifiers", notwithstanding the apparent redundancy in that designation.

Most of the mainstream laser categories were developed five decades ago but the commercialization started with CO2 lasers being used in most of the industrial applications. The new lasers like femtosecond and disc lasers operate on the conventional principles, but compete with previous forms of lasers in output power and efficiency. In spite of being very technical in terms of installation and usage, lasers continue to be part of cutting edge high end devices across verticals.

The report provides an exhaustive analysis of markets for all the types of lasers, such as fiber lasers, CO2 lasers, solid-state lasers, diode lasers, dye lasers, and excimer lasers. It includes detailed analysis of application segments and geographical split across the globe. The report’s strategic section sketches the competitive scenario in the laser market. The prominent players in different segments of the laser technology market were recognized through secondary research and their market revenue was determined through primary and secondary research. The size of the overall market was derived by forecasting techniques based on the top-down and bottom-up approach, the study of the application areas, and the trend for various geographical regions.

Scope of the report

The Laser Technologies Market research report categorizes the global laser market on the basis of them being used in different products and exhaustive applications that includes industrial and consumer applications, and geographical analysis; forecasting revenue, market modeling, and evaluating trends in the market.

On the basis of product type

The laser type market is segmented into six categories; namely: CO2 lasers, fiber lasers, solid-state lasers, diode lasers, dye lasers, and excimer lasers. The disc laser offers some unique properties that are particularly interesting for certain c-Si (Crime scene investigation) applications. As compared to a rod, a disc laser offers significantly higher beam quality, i.e. much higher average power of best beam quality.

Compared to bulk lasers, fiber lasers feature higher wall-plug efficiency, rugged and compact design, and nearly maintenance-free operation. Fiber lasers are appropriate for generating high average powers with good beam quality. On the other hand, due to nonlinearities, there is a lower potential for high pulse energies and peak powers.

On the basis of application

The application market is segmented into industrial applications, medical applications, military, and commercial applications. The industrial applications are further classified into marking & engraving, cutting & welding, semiconductor & micro processing and automotive industry. The other applications include instrumentation & sensors, pumps, medical, excimer lithography, science and defence, communications and consumer electronics.The market trends and future projections for these applications are discussed comprehensively. Communication and industrial applications like material processing give the maximum contribution to the laser industry. Among these, cutting & welding form a base for the majority of the laser applications.

On the basis of geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • ROW

Each section will provide market data, market drivers, trends and opportunities, key players, and competitive outlook. It will also provide market tables for covering the sub-segments and micro-markets. In addition, the report provides 17 company profiles covering all the sub-segments.

TABLE OF CONTENTS     
     
1 INTRODUCTION    
  1.1 KEY TAKE-AWAYS    
  1.2 REPORT DESCRIPTION    
  1.3 MARKETS COVERED    
  1.4 STAKEHOLDERS    
  1.5 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY    
      1.5.1 MARKET SIZE    
      1.5.2 KEY DATA POINTS FROM SECONDARY SOURCES    
      1.5.3 KEY DATA POINTS TAKEN FROM PRIMARY SOURCES    
      1.5.4 ASSUMPTIONS    
     
2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY    
  2.1 OVERVIEW    
  2.2 PARENT MARKET TABLES    
  2.3 MARKET MODEL    
  2.4 FORECASTING APPROACH    
     
3 MARKET OVERVIEW    
  3.1 INTRODUCTION    
  3.2 MARKET DYNAMICS    
      3.2.1 DRIVERS    
            3.2.1.1 Wide application in medical treatments    
            3.2.1.2 Advancements in industrial market    
            3.2.1.3 Increased military spending    
            3.2.1.4 Growth in automotive industry    
      3.2.2 RESTRAINTS    
            3.2.2.1 Lack of technical expertise    
            3.2.2.2 High implementation cost    
      3.2.3 OPPORTUNITIES    
            3.2.3.1 Automotive light illumination    
            3.2.3.2 Green laser devices for projection applications    
            3.2.3.3 Highly powered disk lasers    
      3.2.4 BURNING ISSUE    
      3.2.4.1 LasSol: Technology for solar cells    
  3.3 WINNING IMPERATIVES    
      3.3.1 VERTICAL CONSOLIDATION    
  3.4 PORTERS FIVE FORCES MODEL    
      3.4.1 THREAT OF SUBSTITUTES    
      3.4.2 BARGAINING POWER OF CUSTOMERS    
      3.4.3 BARGAINING POWER OF SUPPLIERS    
      3.4.4 INTENSITY OF RIVALRY   

4 MARKET FOR LASERS, BY PRODUCTS     
  4.1 INTRODUCTION    
  4.2 FIBER LASERS    
      4.2.1 REASONS FOR ADOPTING FIBER LASER    
  4.3 CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS    
  4.4 SOLID-STATE LASERS    
  4.5 DIODE LASERS    
  4.6 DYE LASERS    
  4.7 EXCIMER LASERS    
     
5 LASERS MARKET, BY APPLICATIONS    
  5.1 INTRODUCTION    
  5.2 INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS    
      5.2.1 CUTTING & WELDING    
      5.2.2 SEMICONDUCTOR & MICROPROCESSING APPLICATIONS    
      5.2.3 MARKING & ENGRAVING    
      5.2.4 AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY    
  5.3 COMMUNICATIONS    
  5.4 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS    
      5.4.1 DATA STORAGE    
  5.5 MEDICAL    
  5.6 EXCIMER LITHOGRAPHY    
  5.7 PUMPS    
  5.8 SCIENCE AND DEFENSE    
  5.9 INSTRUMENTATION & SENSORS    
     
6 LASERS MARKET, BY GEOGRAPHY    
  6.1 NORTH AMERICA    
  6.2 EUROPE    
  6.3 APAC    
  6.4 ROW    
     
7 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE    
  7.1 KEY GROWTH STRATEGIES    
     
8 COMPANY PROFILES    
  8.1 AXCEL PHOTONICS, INC.    
      8.1.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.1.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.1.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.1.4 STRATEGY    
      8.1.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.2 COHERENT, INC.    
      8.2.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.2.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.2.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.2.4 STRATEGY    
      8.2.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.3 CONVERGENT LASER TECHNOLOGIES    
      8.3.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.3.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.3.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
  8.4 CYMER, INC.    
      8.4.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.4.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.4.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.4.4 STRATEGY    
      8.4.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.5 EPILOG LASER    
      8.5.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.5.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.5.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.5.4 STRATEGY    
      8.5.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.6 GLOBAL LASER LTD    
      8.6.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.6.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.6.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.6.4 STRATEGY    
  8.7 IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION    
      8.7.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.7.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.7.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.7.4 STRATEGY    
      8.7.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.8 JDS UNIPHASE CORPORATION    
      8.8.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.8.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.8.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.8.4 STRATEGY    
      8.8.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.9 JK LASERS    
      8.9.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.9.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.9.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.9.4 STRATEGY    
      8.9.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.10 LASERLINE GMBH    
      8.10.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.10.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.10.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.10.4 STRATEGY    
      8.10.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.11 NATIONAL LASER COMPANY    
      8.11.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.11.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.11.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.11.4 STRATEGY    
  8.12 NEWPORT CORPORATION    
      8.12.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.12.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.12.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.12.4 STRATEGY    
      8.12.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.13 Q-PEAK, INC.    
      8.13.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.13.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.13.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.13.4 STRATEGY    
      8.13.5 DEVELOPMENT    
  8.14 ROFIN-SINAR    
      8.14.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.14.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.14.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.14.4 STRATEGY    
      8.14.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.15 SPECTRANETICS CORPORATION    
      8.15.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.15.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.15.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.15.4 STRATEGY    
      8.15.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
  8.16 SPI LASERS LTD    
      8.16.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.16.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.16.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.16.4 STRATEGY    
  8.17 TRUMPF    
      8.17.1 OVERVIEW    
      8.17.2 FINANCIALS    
      8.17.3 PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
      8.17.4 STRATEGY    
      8.17.5 DEVELOPMENTS    
     

LIST OF TABLES     
     
TABLE 1 GLOBAL LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 2 GLOBAL LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 3 COMPONENTS OF THE MODEL    
TABLE 4 GLOBAL LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 5 LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 6 GLOBAL LASER MARKET, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 7 ADVANTAGES OF FIBER LASER    
TABLE 8 GLOBAL FIBER LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 9 ADVANTAGES OF CO2 LASERS    
TABLE 10 DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CO2 LASER AND FIBER LASER    
TABLE 11 GLOBAL CO2 LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 12 GLOBAL SOLID-STATE LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 13 LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 14 GLOBAL INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 15 INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION MARKET, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 16 INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 17 GLOBAL CUTTING & WELDING APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 18 CUTTING & WELDING APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 19 GLOBAL CUTTING & WELDING APPLICATION, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 20 GLOBAL SEMICONDUCTOR MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 21 GLOBAL SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT & LASER MARKET, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 22 GLOBAL SEMICONDUCTOR & MICROPROCESSING APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 23 SEMICONDUCTOR & MICRO PROCESSING APPLICATION MARKET, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 24 GLOBAL SEMICONDUCTOR & MICROPROCESSING APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 25 GLOBAL MARKING AND ENGRAVING APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 26 MARKING AND ENGRAVING APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPE, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 27 MARKING AND ENGRAVING APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 28 GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 29 AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 30 AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE PRODUCTION, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011 (MILLION UNITS)    
TABLE 31 TOP 24 MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCING COUNTRIES, 2010 – 2011    
TABLE 32 COMMUNICATION APPLICATION MARKET, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 33 GLOBAL COMMUNICATION APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 34 COMMUNICATION APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 35 GLOBAL COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 36 GLOBAL COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT MARKET AND LASER IN COMMUNICATION MARKET, 2011 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 37 IMAGE RECORDING APPLICATION MARKET, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 38 IMAGE RECORDING APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 39 GLOBAL DATA STORAGE APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 40 MEDICAL APPLICATION MARKET, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 41 GLOBAL MEDICAL APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 42 MEDICAL APPLICATION MARKET, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 43 MEDICAL APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 44 GLOBAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 45 GLOBAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MARKET AND LASER IN COMMUNICATION MARKET, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
TABLE 46 GLOBAL EXCIMER LITHOGRAPHY APPLICATION MARKET, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 47 EXCIMER LITHOGRAPHY APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 48 GLOBAL PUMPS APPLICATION MARKET, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 49 PUMPS APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 50 DEFENSE APPLICATION MARKET, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 51 GLOBAL DEFENSE APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 52 DEFENSE APPLICATION MARKET, BY LASER TYPE, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 53 DEFENSE APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 54 GLOBAL INSTRUMENTATION & SENSORS APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 55 INSTRUMENTATION & SENSORS APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 56 NORTH AMERICA LASER MARKET, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 57 NORTH AMERICA: LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 58 EUROPE LASER MARKET, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 59 EUROPE: LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 60 APAC LASER MARKET, 2012 – 2017 (Y-O-Y GROWTH %)    
TABLE 61 APAC: LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 62 ROW: LASER MARKET REVENUE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 63 GLOBAL LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET SHARE, BY REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 64 GLOBAL LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET RANKING, BY REVENUE, 2010 – 2011    
TABLE 65 MERGER & ACQUISITIONS (M&A), 2010 – 2012    
TABLE 66 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES & DEVELOPMENTS, 2008 – 2012    
TABLE 67 COLLABORATION/PARTNERSHIPS/AGREEMENTS, 2010 – 2012    
TABLE 68 RECOGNITIONS, 2009 – 2011    
TABLE 69 COHERENT, INC.: OVERALL REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 70 COHERENT, INC.: MARKET REVENUE, BY BUSINESS SEGMENTS, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 71 COHERENT, INC. : MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 72 CYMER, INC.: OVERALL REVENUE, 2010 – 2011($MILLION)    
TABLE 73 IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION: OVERALL REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 74 COHERENT, INC. : MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 75 ALLOCATION OF NET SALES AMONG DIFFERENT MARKET PRINCIPLE, 2009 – 2010    
TABLE 76 JDS UNIPHASE CORPORATION: OVERALL REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 77 JDS UNIPHASE CORPORATION: MARKET REVENUE, BY BUSINESS SEGMENTS, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 78 JDS UNIPHASE CORPORATION: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 79 JK LASERS: MARKET REVENUE, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 80 NEWPORT CORPORATION: OVERALL REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 81 NEWPORT CORPORATION: MARKET REVENUE, BY BUSINESS SEGMENTS, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 82 NEWPORT CORPORATION: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 83 ROFIN-SINAR: OVERALL REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 84 ROFIN-SINAR : MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 85 SPECTRANETICS: MARKET REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 86 SPECTRANETICS: PRODUCTS & SERVICES    
TABLE 87 SPI LASERS LTD: MARKET REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
TABLE 88 TRUMPF: OVERALL REVENUE, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)    
     
      
LIST OF FIGURES     
     
FIGURE 1 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY    
FIGURE 2 MARKET MODEL: LASER TECHNOLOGY    
FIGURE 3 FORECASTING APPROACH FOR LASER TECHNOLOGIES, COMPONENTS & SYSTEMS MARKET    
FIGURE 4 CLASSIFICATION OF LASER TECHNOLOGY    
FIGURE 5 EVOLUTION OF LASER TECHNOLOGY    
FIGURE 6 APPLICATION LIFE CYCLE OF LASER TECHNOLOGY, 2012    
FIGURE 7 IMPACT ANALYSIS OF DRIVERS    
FIGURE 8 WORLDWIDE AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION (MU)    
FIGURE 9 IMPACT ANALYSIS OF RESTRAINTS    
FIGURE 10 DISK LASER    
FIGURE 11 PORTER’S FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS    
FIGURE 12 PERFORMANCE ATTRIBUTES OF LASER TECHNOLOGY    
FIGURE 13 SOLID-STATE LASER DIAGRAM    
FIGURE 14 INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION MARKET: LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
FIGURE 15 GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE PRODUCTION, BY COUNTRY, 2011 (UNITS IN MILLION)    
FIGURE 16 COMMUNICATION APPLICATION MARKET: LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
FIGURE 17 GLOBAL IMAGE RECORDING APPLICATION MARKET, BY LASER TYPES, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
FIGURE 18 IMAGE RECORDING APPLICATION MARKET: LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
FIGURE 19 DATA STORAGE APPLICATION MARKET: LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
FIGURE 20 MEDICAL APPLICATION MARKET: LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
FIGURE 21 DEFENSE APPLICATION MARKET: LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
FIGURE 22 INSTRUMENTATION & SENSORS APPLICATION MARKET: LASER TECHNOLOGY MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($MILLION)    
FIGURE 23 NORTH AMERICA: LASER TECHNOLOGY TYPE AND APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
FIGURE 24 EUROPE: LASER TECHNOLOGY TYPE AND APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
FIGURE 25 APAC: LASER TECHNOLOGY TYPE AND APPLICATION MARKET REVENUE, 2012 – 2017 ($BILLION)    
FIGURE 26 KEY GROWTH STRATEGIES    
FIGURE 27 MARKET SHARE OF LASER TECHNOLOGY PLAYERS, BY REVENUE, 2010 – 2011

Laser systems are the fundamental enabling technology for a wide array of applications. There is a wide variation in the form of lasers from the very low power lasers used in bar code scanning to the very high power used in cutting and welding and the lot includes all types of lasers encompassing diode and non-diode systems. Lasers are available in various formats with different properties dependent on a broad range of technologies making them heterogeneous. Besides, the applications equally vary from systems for manufacturing (e.g. welding and marking), lasers for surgery, lasers in defense (e.g. ranging and weaponry), and lasers used in scientific research and development.

CO2 laser, solid state laser, and fiber laser are the most prominent lasers available in the market. In the overall market of lasers, CO2 laser contributes to the major market share. CO2 lasers are majorly used for industrial application like cutting and welding; whereas fiber lasers are mostly used for marking and engraving. There are certain applications where CO2 lasers and fiber lasers can be an impeccable complement such as for the application of marking and engraving; CO2 lasers are more suitable for cutting and marking organic material corresponding to wood and plastic.

The most prospective market for laser in new applications is medical and consumer electronics. Laser surgery for skin treatment such as removing wrinkles, sunspots, tattoos or birthmarks are on hype. In medical applications, solid-state lasers and CO2 lasers are prominently preferred.

There are four types of commercialized lasers under which the entire laser market can be classified, namely solid-state lasers, CO2 lasers, excimer lasers, diode lasers, fiber lasers. At present, most of the applications and products are covered under industrial and medical applications. Quantum cascade lasers are expected to revolutionize the laser market whilst increasing the laser revenue with the introduction of more applications in military and communications market. There are some hindrances such as lack of technical expertise, and high implementation cost for this market.

By geography, APAC is the market leader; followed by Europe, and North America. APAC is the fastest growing market growing for lasers owing to high commercialization of products in applications like defense, medical, and consumer electronics.

The various companies currently involved in laser market are Coherent (U.S.), IPG Photonics (U.S.), Newport Corporation (U.S.), Rofin-Sinar (Germany), TRUMPF (U.S.), etc.

Laser Technologies Market

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