Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013: Laser markets, trends, analysis

“Global headwinds” is a fair description of current economic conditions. Yet as our Annual Laser Market Review and Forecast points out, laser technology is now so mature, economically important, and advantageous in so many applications that long-term sales predictions for most segments remain strong.

In this year’s Market Review, senior editor Gail Overton, working with our research colleague Allen Nogee at Strategies Unlimited and David Belforte at Industrial Laser Solutions, writes that the 2013 global laser market will rise 3% from 2012, with segments such as micromaterials processing, instrumentation and sensors, and medical lasers leading the growth. To download a copy of this January article, click HERE.

Our annual market review articles continue to be one of the most popular articles on our web site and for years have helped the lasers and photonics community understand the underlying technology drivers and application directions.

Let us know what you think about 2013 in person at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, February 2-7 (Booth 800, South Hall). To read our preview of the show, click HERE.

For much more analysis and data on the markets, please join us in San Francisco on February 4, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar with speakers such as keynote Valentin Gapontsev from IPG Photonics.

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