Global Markets for Laser Systems, Components and Materials

 Published On: Jun, 2015 |    No of Pages: 139 |  Published By: BCC Research-JT Gabrielsen Consulting LLC Research | Format: PDF
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The global market for lasers was nearly $10.8 billion in 2014. This market is expected to reach $11.7 billion in 2015 and $16 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5%.

This report provides:
-An overview of the global markets and technologies for laser systems, components, and materials.
-Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2020.
-Breakdowns of the global laser market along individual energy medium type in value and volume terms: diode, fiber, carbon dioxide, solid-state, excimer, dye, and other gas lasers.
-Breakdowns of the market along individual end applications in value and volume terms: telecommunications; instrumentation and scientific research; medicine; energy, defense, and surveillance; computing and entertainment; industrial and automotive; as well as retail and others.
-Regional breakdowns into individual regions in value and volume terms: the Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific (APAC).
-Breakdowns of the global laser market along value chain contributors: active material, firing source and other components, as well as operating margins.
-Analysis of the stakeholder landscape in the laser value chain.
-Analysis of the patenting activity involving laser modules.
-Profiles of major players in the industry.

INTRODUCTION

This report is a follow-up on PHO002A Global Markets for Laser Systems, Components and Materials, p0ublished in early 2012. The motivations for following up on the earlier report remain largely consistent over the last three years.

Laser is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. The continuing appeal of lasers underlines the strength of their value proposition, which can be summed up as coherent, powerful, and pure light.

The report focuses on laser modules — lasers at their bare minimum. This distinction is important, as laser modules are available in varied levels of readiness for integration. Customization is key for laser applications, and lasers modules are commonly designed with a particular role in mind. This report defines a laser module as one that performs basic laser functions of light amplification and focus. The report uses the terms lasers and laser modules interchangeably. The market forecasts do not cover the metrics of the devices that lasers are eventually integrated in.

Lasers constitute what can be termed as the pinnacle of mature markets in the optics domain — the technology has a long legacy. Most mainstream laser categories were invented around 50 years ago. The latest laser categories covered in this report are fiber lasers, which became commercially available since the middle of the last decade.

The operating philosophy and principles are pretty much the same. Despite this relative calm on the theoretical front, lasers continue to be part of cutting-edge devices across verticals. A cursory look at the applications of lasers reveals that not only are they part of the state-of-the-art, they are instrumental in driving the state-of-the-art itself.

The last three years have witnessed momentous developments on the macroeconomic front. Turbulence in the Middle East and Eastern Europe on one hand and hope kindled by a possible successful nuclear deal with Iran on the other hand. Discovery of shale gas deposits have lent an upbeat air to the long-term economic prospects of the U.S. Global macroeconomics plays a major role in determining the prospects of laser applications due to the generic nature of the technology’s appeal.

It is impossible to characterize the laser market as a whole. The market outlook is a combination of possibilities created by the dynamics of the verticals that lasers are employed in and created by the dynamics of raw materials that lasers employ. This disparity is manifested most clearly in the wide range of average selling prices for laser modules depending on the application and the energy medium. These values can range from as little as one dollar to tens of thousands of dollars. Lasers, therefore, are a fairly accurate indicator of the general health of markets at large.

This report attempts to list, elaborate, highlight, and analyze the multitudes of demand and supply-side dynamics of lasers.

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This study has the following goals and objectives:
-Measuring and giving a forecast of the global market size for laser modules in dollar sales and volume (shipment sales) terms.
-Breaking down the global laser market along individual energy medium type — diode, fiber, carbon dioxide, solid-state, excimer, dye, and other gas lasers — in value and volume terms.
-Breaking down the global laser market along individual end-applications in value and volume terms, including for: telecommunications; instrumentation and scientific research; medicine; energy, defense, and surveillance; computing and entertainment; industrial and automotive; as well as retail and others.
-Breaking down the global laser market along individual regions in value and volume terms: the Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific (APAC).
-Breaking down the global laser market along value chain contributors: active material, firing source and other components, as well as operating margins.
-Analyzing the stakeholder landscape in the laser value chain.
-Analyzing patent activity involving laser modules.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
This report presents a snapshot of the overall laser market; spanning laser technologies, end-applications, geographical regions and value chain. Such a snapshot assumes significance in the context of lasers, as the laser market is extremely fragmented at all levels — innovation, design, manufacturing, integration, and sales. While the fundamental technology driving lasers is fairly consistent, there is no single market research study that attempts to present a composite picture of the overall market for lasers and modules spanning major application verticals and major laser types. It is impossible to forecast the market size for laser modules in isolation, rather, one has to consider the extremely varied scenarios that characterize its demand and supply side dynamics. The former is represented by end-application, while the latter is manifested by the energy source underpinning the laser type. This report breaks down the laser market along all major categories.

SCOPE OF THE REPORT
The report forecasts the size of the market in current U.S. dollars as well as in millions of shipment units for lasers from 2015 through 2020.

The report forecasts the market size for the following:
-Individual laser types such as diode, fiber, carbon dioxide, solid-state, excimer, dye and other gas lasers.
-The above forecasts are classified on the basis of end-application vertical, geographical region and value chain contributors on value basis.

The Executive Summary provides a snapshot of key findings of the report.

The chapter on laser theory and its applications introduces and explains central
operating concepts, followed by key laser applications. The chapter highlights differences and also identifies important common threads that run through diverse laser types.

The chapter on global markets provides a total view of the laser market quantitatively.

The chapter on stakeholders and value highlights their categories and analyzes their activities in this domain — clarifying where and how they fit in the larger picture.

The U.S. Patent Analysis chapter highlights the activity underway in the area of laser modules. The chapter classifies the patents awarded according to categories such as carbon dioxide lasers, dye lasers, excimer lasers, fiber lasers, generic gas lasers, helium based lasers, ion lasers, quantum cascade lasers, general semiconductor lasers, solid-state lasers and vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL).

INTENDED AUDIENCE
This report will be relevant to the following:
-Laser module manufacturers: to analyze the market prospects for their offerings broken down by laser type, end-application, geographical regions, and key country markets.
-Allied component suppliers: to identify the sunrise and sunset technology trends among lasers.
-Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other laser integrators: to analyze the prospects of the laser technology employed by them in their devices, equipment and products.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in this study. Industry experts were interviewed as primary sources; secondary sources included industry consortia, individual company financial statements, published opinions and other published sources.

Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary 4 $0
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
SCOPE OF THE REPORT
INTENDED AUDIENCE
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2 $250
Table Summary : GLOBAL MARKET FOR LASERS, BY REGION
Figure Summary : GLOBAL MARKET FOR LASERS, BY REGION

Chapter- 3: THEORY OF LASER TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS 32 $2296
INTRODUCTION TO LASERS
APPLICATIONS OF LASERS
DYNAMICS OF LASER TYPES
DIODE LASERS
FIBER LASERS
CARBON DIOXIDE LASER
SOLID-STATE LASER
EXCIMER LASER
DYE LASER
OTHER GAS LASERS

Chapter- 4: GLOBAL MARKETS 52 $3732
INTRODUCTION
OVERALL GLOBAL MARKET
DIODE LASERS
FIBER LASERS
CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS
SOLID-STATE LASERS
EXCIMER LASERS
DYE LASERS
OTHER GAS LASERS

Chapter- 5: STAKEHOLDERS AND VALUE CHAIN 30 $2153
STAKEHOLDER CATEGORIES
KEY COMPANY PROFILES

Chapter- 6: U.S. PATENT ANALYSIS 19 $1363
INTRODUCTION
TRENDS BY FUNCTIONAL CATEGORIES
TRENDS BY YEAR
TRENDS BY COUNTRY
TRENDS BY ASSIGNEE

List of Tables
Summary Table : GLOBAL MARKET FOR LASERS, BY REGION
Table 1 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 2 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 3 : ASP FOR LASERS BY REGION, 2014 TO 2020
Table 4 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR LASERS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 5 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR LASERS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 6 : ASP FOR LASERS BY TYPE, 2014-2020
Table 7 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 8 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 9 : ASP FOR LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, 2014-2020
Table 10 : GLOBAL MARKET OF LASERS BY OPERATING MARGINS AND RAW MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH 2020
Table 11 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR DIODE LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 12 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR DIODE LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 13 : ASP FOR DIODE LASERS BY REGION, 2014-2020
Table 14 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR DIODE LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 15 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR DIODE LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 16 : ASP FOR DIODE LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, 2014 TO 2020
Table 17 : GLOBAL MARKET OF DIODE LASERS BY OPERATING MARGIN AND RAW MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH 2020
Table 18 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FIBER LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 19 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR FIBER LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 20 : ASP FOR FIBER LASERS BY REGION, 2014 TO 2020
Table 21 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FIBER LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, 2014-2020
Table 22 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR FIBER LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 23 : ASP FOR FIBER LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, 2014-2020
Table 24 : GLOBAL MARKET OF FIBER LASERS BY OPERATING MARGINS AND RAW MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH 2020
Table 25 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 26 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 27 : ASP FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS BY REGION, 2014-2020
Table 28 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 29 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 30 : ASP FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS BY END APPLICATION, 2014-2020
Table 31 : GLOBAL MARKET OF CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS BY OPERATING MARGINS AND RAW MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH 2020
Table 32 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SOLID-STATE LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 33 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR SOLID-STATE LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 34 : ASP FOR SOLID STATE LASERS BY REGION, 2014-2020
Table 35 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SOLID-STATE LASERS BY END APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 36 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR SOLID-STATE LASERS BY END APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 37 : ASP FOR SOLID-STATE LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, 2014-2020
Table 38 : GLOBAL MARKET OF SOLID-STATE LASERS BY OPERATING MARGINS AND RAW MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH 2020
Table 39 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR EXCIMER LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 40 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR EXCIMER LASERS, BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 41 : ASP FOR EXCIMER LASERS BY REGION, 2014 TO 2020
Table 42 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR EXCIMER LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 43 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR EXCIMER LASERS BY END APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 44 : ASP FOR EXCIMER LASERS BY END APPLICATION, 2014-2020
Table 45 : GLOBAL MARKET OF EXCIMER LASERS BY OPERATING MARGINS AND RAW MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH 2020
Table 46 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR DYE LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 47 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR DYE LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 48 : ASP FOR DYE LASERS BY REGION, 2014 TO 2020
Table 49 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR DYE LASERS BY END APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 50 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR DYE LASERS BY END APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020*
Table 51 : ASP FOR DYE LASERS BY END APPLICATION, 2014-2020
Table 52 : GLOBAL MARKET OF DYE LASERS BY OPERATING MARGINS AND RAW MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH 2020
Table 53 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR OTHER GAS LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 54 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR OTHER GAS LASERS BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
Table 55 : ASP FOR OTHER LASERS BY REGION, 2014-2020
Table 56 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR OTHER GAS LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 57 : SHIPMENT SALES FOR OTHER GAS LASERS BY END-APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 58 : ASP FOR OTHER LASERS BY END APPLICATION, 2014-2020
Table 59 : GLOBAL MARKET OF OTHER GAS LASERS BY OPERATING MARGINS AND RAW MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION, THROUGH 2020
Table 60 : U.S. PATENTS IN LASERS, BY PATENT CATEGORY, 1976-MAY 2015
Table 61 : U.S. PATENT TRENDS IN LASERS BY YEAR OF GRANT, 1976-MAY 2015*
Table 62 : U.S. LASER PATENTS BY COUNTRY OF GRANT, 1976 TO MAY 2015
Table 63 : LIST OF LASER ASSIGNEES OF U.S. PATENTS, 1976 TO MAY 2015
Table 64 : ASSIGNEES OF FOUR OR MORE U.S. PATENTS IN LASERS, 1976 TO MAY 2015

List of Figures
Summary Figure : GLOBAL MARKET FOR LASERS, BY REGION


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