- JENOPTIK AG
- Newport Corporation
- TRUMPF GmbH + Co KG
- Coherent, Inc.
- IPG Photonics Corporation
- ACSYS Lasertechnik US Inc.
- nLIGHT, Inc.
- Han's Laser Technology Co., Ltd.
- II-VI Incorporated
The Industrial Laser System market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.26% over the forecast period from 2020 to 2025. The various technological advancements in the industrial environment, such as industrial automation, industrial robots, 3D Printing, etc. due to the advent of Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT, are expected to boost the adoption of laser systems in industries. Companies integrate the existing manufacturing processes with several technological advancements across lasers and laser systems to enhance productivity and stay ahead of the competition. For instance, in November 2019, EOS developed a new Fine Detail Resolution (FDR) technology system for processing polymers. This helped the company maintain a leading position in developing a CO laser solution for powder-based industrial 3D printing.
- MKS Instruments, Inc. launched spectra-physics Talon 355-45, a high-power UV laser results in faster UV processing at a significantly lower cost per part. It is ideal for industrial manufacturing of PC boards, electronic components, semiconductors, flat panel displays, lithium-ion batteries, and LEDs for consumer electronics, clean energy, and other demanding applications. Further, the industrial laser systems are being adopted in several end-user industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, medical, and semiconductor, amongst others. In the automotive sector, laser systems deployed are used mainly for cutting and welding applications. This enables higher productivity and reduction of down-time while substantially reducing the manufacturing costs.
- As of April 2020, Jenoptik supplied its laser systems to an automotive supplier Xinquan in China, looking for a laser-scoring machine for precision airbag perforation, for processing automotive interiors. Further, processing a diverse range of materials (plastics, metals, textiles, glass, and rubber) requires a versatile tool, and that’s where carbon dioxide (CO2) laser demand increases. CO2 lasers possess the capability to mark a variety of materials with precision. Also, as automotive production transition towards automation, these laser systems find usage in conjunction with robots, replacing conventional tools. In the aerospace and defense industry, the extensive manufacturing capabilities encompass all areas of metal fabrication, joining, and coating.
- Furthermore, direct laser etching across industrial products, such as medical devices, components for the automotive industry, or electronic components, utilize UV lasers and CO2 lasers as industry requirement desires many materials, surface quality, and the desired marking effect as prerequisites. Several organizations are adopting fiber lasers for similar programs catering to industrial and energy efficiency. For instance, the Clean Energy and Industrial Efficiency Program of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), adopted these technologies for the industrial sector. Then, as of July 30, 2020, TRUMPF and Fraunhofer Institute formed a research alliance towards manufacturing engineering and automation IPA, set to run until 2025.
- Across the industrial laser systems market, the COVID-19 virus has been witnessed, impacting the near-term demand environment and internal operations. With multiple component manufacturers facing material sourcing and working capital issues, the demand for new laser systems or retrofit is expected to stall. For instance, the Electronic Component Manufacturing supply chains been notably impacted being mostly concentrated in China. As medical-related orders became high priority and demand for the same surged in March 2020, additional pressure was put on distributors and other component suppliers. Subsequently, Han’s Laser and HG Laser among a few Chinese companies turned their system integration capabilities into manufacturing mask-making machines.
Key Market Trends
Automotive is Expected to Hold Significant Share
- Innovative laser applications have been playing a significant part in the automotive industry for many years. Laser technology has many advantages over traditional material processing methods for welding, cutting parts, and identification processes. Laser systems in the automotive industry have applications that are varied from the welding of spark plugs and batteries to cutting parts or labeling many automotive parts, including back-lit laser marking technology. With a wide range of laser system configurations available, companies offer multiple industrial laser systems specifically to the automotive industry. The laser systems could significantly reduce cycle times, produce precision parts, and increase productivity while lowering the cost per unit.
- Modern automotive manufacturing uses a wide range of materials, including metals, textiles, plastics, glass, and rubber. Luxury and high-end vehicles generally are equipped with carbon fiber combined with traditional materials such as leather and wood. Processing such a broad range of materials requires a versatile tool, and this is where the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser comes in. The CO2 laser is one of the oldest laser technologies, yet it remains a mainstay of modern manufacturing and finds many uses in the automotive industry. CO2 lasers are available with various output powers ranging from a few tens of watts to many kilowatts, making them useful for a variety of different processes. Laser-processed components are used in almost all areas of a typical vehicle, both interior, and exterior.
- In October 2019, FOBA introduced an innovative laser marking unit for integration into production lines. The new system has been developed according to the needs of integrators and the automotive industry. Various system variants will maximize marking flexibility in terms of marking field size, laser power, and exit angle of the laser beam. This new generation of marking lasers is expected to redefine line compatibility, ease of installation, usability, and service. In addition to the marking laser line modules, the company also has M-Series compact closed-loop marking workstations with fiber or UV laser heads. An optional camera system integrated with the marking head is used for automated part recognition and mark alignment.
- In May 2020, Jenoptik's long-term customer Jiangsu Xinquan Automotive Trim Co Ltd, located near Shanghai, China, has ordered a new airbag laser perforation system from Jenoptik. The latest JENOPTIK-VOTAN A-Scan system is planned to be set up and commissioned in Jena, Germany. JENOPTIK-VOTAN A-Scan is the newest product family member that enables more efficient processing of safety system-related materials in the automotive market. Using a fast-moving laser beam on a stationary component, the VOTAN A fires sensor-controlled light pulses too precisely cut predetermined breaking points in airbag covers. This results in simplified instrument panel airbag integration, improved esthetics, and increased safety.
North America is Expected to Hold Significant Share
- The North America region is expected to dominate the market due to the technological advancements across various industries, such as manufacturing, aerospace and defense, automotive, etc. Similarly, on the vendor front, the region houses critical players such as IPG Photonics and Coherent Inc, to name a few. Multiple launches, additionally, are signifying the rising demand for laser systems across end-users in the region. For instance, as of June 2020, Coherent Inc. added EasyMark XL to its Laser Marking Systems Product Line, which caters to applications spanning from marking codes on stainless steel medical devices, to the deep engraving of casting molds.
- Several companies, especially across the small and medium enterprises and the startup format, have been raising a significant amount of funds to develop innovative solutions in Laser technology. For instance, UAVenture Capital Fund, which is based in Tuscan and dedicated to the commercialization of the University of Arizona discoveries, products, techniques, and services, invested in DeUVe Photonics, Inc in October 2019. The funding will help the company to improvise its technology and will enable the company to become a significant player in existing and developing deep UV laser markets.
- Also, significant development from laser system manufacturers has indicated on a consolidation and expansion spree. For instance, as of July 2020, CORE Industrial Partners, based in Chicago, completed its acquisition of Incodema, a precision sheet metal engineering solutions provider. The former is set to leverage on laser welding solutions being offered to expand its existing supplier base. Further, back in June 2019, RPMC Lasers Inc, a distributor of solid-state lasers in North America, expanded a non-exclusive distribution agreement with Sheaumann. Similar initiatives by the market players are expected to boost the market growth in the region during the forecast period.
- In October 2019, BIOLASE, Inc., a medical device company manufacturing proprietary dental laser systems, announced that Waterlase dental lasers received Canada and the United States regulatory clearance for crown and veneer removal. BIOLASE is the only dental laser system company with this clearance. Laser crown and veneer removal are expected to offer a more pleasant experience for both the dentist and the patient. This new indication helps dentists reduce the time taken to remove crowns and veneers from sometimes 30 minutes to less than five minutes utilizing laser technology. It could also remove excess heat by using the laser's natural light and allows for veneers and crowns to be saved for reuse in some cases.
The Industrial Laser Systems market is highly competitive, owing to the presence of multiple vendors. The market appears to be moderately concentrated. Some of the major companies in the market include Newport Corporation, TRUMPF GmbH + Co KG, JENOPTIK AG, etc. Additionally, many laser manufacturers are making acquisitions to expand their product portfolio. Some of the recent developments in the industry are as follows:
- July 2020 - Newport Corporation announced that it had completed its acquisition of Spectra-Physics from Thermo Electron Corp., for USD 300 million. The Spectra-Physics brand comprises breakthrough laser technologies that are engaged in helping customers utilize these laser technologies to advance leading-edge science and propel industries forward.
- July 2020 - TRUMPF has announced that it will be combining TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH and SPI Lasers UK Ltd. under the TRUMPF banner. SPI Lasers products will be made available through the TRUMPF sales channels. SPI Lasers, a specialist in fiber laser design and manufacturing, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group.
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