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Industrial lasers market data for 2015

Industrial lasers market data for 2015

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(Summary description)The data show that the international economic situation did not improve in 2015, but became more unstable. The major market economies are not doing too well. Emerging country economies did not achieve the surge they were looking for. In the U.S. manufacturing sector, factory openings at the end of 2015 had fallen to their lowest level since the Great Depression. Against this backdrop, we take stock of the global industrial lasers market in 2015.

Industrial lasers market data for 2015

(Summary description)The data show that the international economic situation did not improve in 2015, but became more unstable. The major market economies are not doing too well. Emerging country economies did not achieve the surge they were looking for. In the U.S. manufacturing sector, factory openings at the end of 2015 had fallen to their lowest level since the Great Depression. Against this backdrop, we take stock of the global industrial lasers market in 2015.

  • Categories:Industry trends
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  • Time of issue:2020-09-29 16:07
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       The data show that the international economic situation did not improve in 2015, but became more unstable. The major market economies are not doing too well. Emerging country economies did not achieve the surge they were looking for. In the U.S. manufacturing sector, factory openings at the end of 2015 had fallen to their lowest level since the Great Depression. Against this backdrop, we take stock of the global industrial lasers market in 2015.

 

Fiber lasers continue to grow strongly

        Overall sales of industrial lasers bucked the global economic trend and had mid- to high-single-digit growth for several quarters in a row.

        Industrial laser sales revenue achieved a 6.9% increase over 2014, up from the 5% predicted by ILS Magazine in early 2015, largely due to strong growth in fiber lasers. Fiber lasers received a 16% increase and remain strong.

        Solid-state lasers had a large decline in sales revenue, but growth in high-power disc lasers offset most of the decline.CO2 lasers had the largest decline. Other types of lasers - semiconductor and excimer lasers - had about a 4% increase.

 

      Table 1: Sales Revenue in the Industrial Lasers Market (Currency in USD Million)

Categories of lasers

2014 Revenue

2015 Revenue

2015 Growth (%)

Share (%)

COlasers

6.945

6.567

-5

20.6

fiber laser

14.836

17.137

16

53.9

solid-state laser

4.639

4.634

0

14.6

other

3.316

3.463

4

10.9

total (amount)

29.736

31.8

6.9

100

 

        Germany's TriFast achieved 16.8 percent growth in its laser technology business, generating €890 million ($946 million) in sales in fiscal 2014/2015, and the company expects single-digit growth for 2015/2016. Competing with Tri-Fast for market leadership is IPG, the world's leading manufacturer of fiber lasers, which reportedly achieved 22% growth in the third quarter and, when the forecasted seasonal adjustment for the fourth quarter is factored in, would have sales revenues approaching $1 billion. It was followed by Coherent ($802 million, up 1%) and Rofin-Sinar Technologies ($520 million, down 2%).

        Other companies receiving moderate growth are primarily suppliers of ultrafast and fiber lasers.

        Table 2: Laser sales revenue by application (currency in USD billion)

application category

2014 Revenue

2015 Revenue

2015 Growth (%)

Share (%)
marker

5.445

5.686

4

17.9

microfabrication

6.905

7.195

4.2

22.6

materials processing

17.386

18.919

8.8

59.5

total (amount)

29.736

31.8

6.9

100

 

        In 2014, fiber lasers accounted for nearly half of the industrial laser market, while in 2015 they accounted for more than half (53.9%). The resulting effect was to grab the share of other lasers, with CO2 lasers down 5% and solid-state lasers flat.The Fabtech metalworking showroom in 2015 featured more than 20 suppliers of sheet metal cutting systems, almost all of them high-powered fiber lasers in the 1-12 kW power range. This is very much in line with the 22% growth in fiber lasers for material processing in Table 3.

        In 2015, all three processing categories - marking, micromachining and material processing - grew.

        Table 3: Sales revenue from lasers used for material processing (in USD billion)

Categories of lasers

2014 Revenue 

2015 Revenue 

2015 Growth (%)

Share (%)

CO2 lasers

5.27

4.915

-7

26

fiber laser

8.361

10.168

22

53.7

solid-state laser

2.585

2.577

0

13.6

Semiconductor lasers/others

1.17

1.259

8

6.7

total (amount)

17.386

18.919

8.8

100

 

        The materials processing sector grew by 8.8%. Micromachining (22.6% of total sales) grew by 4%, mainly using lasers with a power of less than 1 kW. Marking/Engraving (17.9%), the only "consumer product" segment of the industrial laser market, grew very steadily (4%).

Steady growth in the marking/engraving market

        The marking/engraving sector (Table 4) has been a steady performer in recent years as regulations have driven demand for serialization, coding, and for traceability markings. It contracted somewhat during the 2008-2009 recession. Growth has since returned to single-digit levels, driven by demand for new applications-eggs and markings, replacing inkjet in the former and adhesive backed labels in the latter. Two-dimensional barcodes for marking manufactured parts are mandatory in some industries, such as automotive and aircraft, where laser-coded sales revenues are growing rapidly due to the flexibility in marking. Now that stainless steel and titanium color marking has replaced the manual inking process, this permanently recognizable mark can be read at a distance, presenting a huge opportunity for this market.

        Table 4: Sales revenue of lasers used in marking/engraving applications (currency in USD billion)

Categories of lasers

2014 revenue

2015 revenue

2015 growth (%)

Share (%)

CO2 lasers

0.459

0.429

-6

7.6

fiber laser

3.92

4.163

6

73.2

solid-state laser

0.507

0.502

-1

8.8

Semiconductor lasers/others

0.559

0.592

6

10.4

total (amount)

5.445

5.686

4.4

100

 

        In all applications of industrial lasers, marking/engraving equipment can be grouped with laser printers, of which there are more than 230 suppliers worldwide. They all use the same laser types, mainly low-power fiber lasers and diode-pumped solid-state lasers (DPSS), CO2 lasers and direct semiconductor lasers. Margins are thin due to a trapped buyer's market, and the increase in sales revenue is largely dependent on sales volume.

        Suppliers are targeting ultraviolet (UV) lasers, which provide permanent, non-intrusive markings on product packaging materials, and ultrafast lasers, which mark transparent medical devices.

Solid growth in the microfabrication market

        The field of materials micromachining mainly uses pulsed and continuous wave (CW) solid-state lasers, CO2 lasers, fiber lasers, and some excimer and semiconductor lasers, with average output powers mostly in the 50-100 W range. Within the solid-state laser category, low-power disc lasers and ultrafast lasers that produce megawatt peak power are predominantly used.

        As shown in Table 5, industrial lasers for micromachining (typically <0.01") grew by 4.2% in 2015, falling short of the 8% target previously predicted by the ILS, largely due to the cyclical downturn in the semiconductor industry.

        Table 5: Sales revenue in micromachining (currency in USD billion)

Microfabrication category

2014 Revenue

2015 Revenue

2015 Growth (%) 

Share (%)
Semiconductor/board/display

1.291

1.13

-13

15.7

Precision metalworking

2.603

2.734

5

38

non-metallic processing

2.21

2.302

4

32

Additive Manufacturing

0.38

0.648

71

9

Solar/other

0.421

0.381

-9

5.3

total (amount)

6.905

7.195

4.2

100

 

        Non-metallic machining is a newly added category that includes the processing of materials with wavelength compatibility, such as fabrics, plastics (cutting and welding), acrylics, glass, sapphires, certain composites and the very active micro-drilling segment.In 2015, the entire materials microfabrication segment saw sales revenue increase by more than 4.2% compared to 2014, and fiber lasers in this segment (Table 6) gained There was a significant growth of 10%. However, there was no growth in solid-state lasers and only a 1% growth in CO2 lasers and other types of lasers.

        Table 6: Revenues from sales of lasers for material microfabrication (currency in US$ billion)

Categories of lasers

2014 Revenue

2015 Revenue

2015 Growth (%) 

 Share (%)

CO2 lasers

1.215

1.223

1

17

fiber laser

2.555

2.806

10

39

solid-state laser

1.547

1.554

0

21.6

Excimer lasers/other

1.588

1.612

1

22.4

total (amount)

6.905

7.195

4.2

100

 

Material processing predominates

        In 2015, 59.5% of sales revenue came primarily from industrial lasers with an output power of more than 1 kW (average power) used for materials processing. The main contribution in this sector was made by metal cutting. In 2015, more than $1.3 billion of high-powered lasers were used in metal cutting systems worldwide. As metalworking is the basic industry of any country.

        With the resurgence of the global automotive industry in early 2015 (although growth slowed in China, Russia, South America and Southeast Asia), laser welding has increased dramatically. The booming market for small SUVs and light trucks in North America, as well as the resurgence of car sales in Europe, have all played a role. The use of high-strength steels and body designs that demand a high appearance have led to a surge in demand for laser welding/laser brazing. Lasers gained 17% growth in the welding sector (Table 7). The forecast for 2016 is not very optimistic, and the drop in sales due to the Volkswagen scandal could leave this sector with only single-digit growth.

        Table 7: Sales revenue in the materials processing sector (currency in USD billion)

 Material Processing Category

2014 Revenue

2015 Revenue

2015 Growth (%)

Share (%)
metal cutting

12.787

13.697

5

72.4

metal welding

3.808

4.446

17

23.5

other

0.591

0.776

31

4.1

total (amount)

17.386

18.919

8.8

100

 

        Sales revenue growth in other categories came from surface treatment applications, primarily heat treatment and laser cladding processes, and the use of high-power CO2 lasers for cutting thick carbon fiber reinforced composites (CFRP) also expanded.

        In Table 3, high-power fiber lasers for materials processing grew by 22%, primarily due to their further penetration into markets long dominated by high-power CO2 lasers. In fact, 2014 may have been the peak of CO2 laser share in the materials processing category, after new 8kW fiber lasers invaded the last foothold of CO2 lasers in that market. While fiber lasers grew by 22%, CO2 lasers declined by 7%. In metal cutting processing, fiber laser cutting offers all the benefits of CO2 lasers, along with other advantages such as electrical efficiency, compactness, ease of maintenance, reduced operating costs and extended repair cycles. By the end of 2015, the share of fiber lasers in laser metal cutting will have risen to 60% or more.

        CO2 lasers also retain a place in the thick metal market, where raw power is critical, for example, for single-pass self-fusion butt welding of thick plates over 1 inch thick.

        In addition, kilowatt-class CO2 lasers are well suited for cutting non-metals, such as composites and acrylics.

        Solid-state lasers are selling for much less revenue, but the high power disc lasers from Deutsche Telekom are highly regarded for cutting and welding applications in the automotive industry.

        High-power (>1kW) semiconductor lasers offer advantages in laser brazing and certain thermal conduction welding processes, especially in the automotive industry, such as high electrical efficiency, compactness and compatibility with materials.

        High-brightness, high-power direct semiconductor lasers with power in excess of 2 kW were manufactured in 2015.Mazak Optonics and Panasonic Factory Solutions showcased systems using kilowatt-class direct diode lasers (TeraDiode) for cutting and welding. This laser can replace fiber lasers and is expected to expand into the metal sheet metal cutting industry in 2016.

 

Projections

        The industrial laser industry will also buck the trend in 2016 and achieve similar results as in 2015.

        According to Laser Focus World's (LFW) monthly magazine, "The global success of fiber lasers and 3D printing technologies is by no means an anomaly. They are just two of many examples of laser technology triumphing, and in any economic environment, whether industrialized or emerging, a downturn can be beaten by improving return on investment and productivity."

        Sales of fiber lasers will grow strongly, eating up more of the CO2 and solid-state laser share, and sales of semiconductor and excimer lasers will increase as well.

        Table 8 is an analysis of the future industrial laser market done by ILS. We should strengthen our performance in the red and pink areas and also focus on the green part. North America and Asia (Japan, China, Southeast Asia and India) are active manufacturing markets where the energy, transportation, aerospace and metal parts processing markets are still active, or at least generally positive.

        Table 8: Global Market Analysis, 2016

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