New report says that ultrafast laser market to grow with new players, technology

The ultrafast laser market will reach about $260 million in 2008 with healthy growth expected in coming years, fed by innovations in technology, new suppliers to the market, and some novel applications and strategies. These findings are published in a new technology and market report by Strategies Unlimited, Ultrafast Lasers--2008.

In addition, the report said that margins are high and the products are almost immune from commoditization, but the market is overfilled with competitors.

Ultrafast lasers have pulse durations in the picosecond and femtosecond range, so short that many materials can be cut or drilled with no heat damage. They are like fine-toothed saws in the tool box that can do precise and smooth cutting, while more conventional lasers are like coarse-toothed saws for faster cutting. Ultrafast lasers are also well-suited for generating non-linear reactions (such as for wavelength conversion or multi-photon imaging), for observing fast phenomena, and for very stable sources for metrology and instrumentation.

Coherent and Newport dominate ultrafast laser sales, with their strong product portfolios in titanium-doped sapphire lasers, amplifiers, and associated products. The new growth will mostly come from new designs, however. Both Coherent and Newport have introduced new ultrafast laser products that incorporate a fiber laser or amplifier. Two other laser industry leaders, Trumpf and Rofin-Sinar, entered the ultrafast laser business in the last year. Trumpf uses its thin-disk technology, while Rofin's Corelase acquisition uses fiber laser technology.

There are 33 other companies offering an ultrafast laser product. This is remarkable even for the highly fragmented laser industry, where success comes to companies that find a niche and patiently nurture relationships with customers to bring up new applications, one at a time.

Ultrafast Lasers—2008, available now, reviews the technology, applications, key trends, markets, and suppliers of ultrafast laser oscillators and amplifiers. It presents forecasts to 2012, including unit sales and price projections, along with estimates of revenues and market shares of key suppliers.

For more information, contact Strategies Unlimited at +1 650 941-3438 (voice) or +1 650 941-5120 (fax), e-mail at info@strategies u.com, or check the company's web site at www.strategies-u.com.

Founded in 1979, Strategies Unlimited specializes in market research and strategic consulting directed at optoelectronics, photovoltaic components and systems, optical networking, and compound semiconductors. The company, based in Mountain View, CA, is a research unit of PennWell Corp., a global media and information company serving the energy and advanced technology markets since 1910.

Get All the Industrial Laser Solutions News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to Industrial Laser Solutions Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now
ILS Blogs
David Belforte
David Beleforte

Let's grow LME

Mon Apr 22 08:51:00 CDT 2013

Looked at manufacturing lately?

Wed Mar 20 09:57:00 CDT 2013

Industrial laser market meets forecast

Fri Mar 08 10:59:00 CST 2013

Photonics West features ultra-fast and fiber lasers

Mon Feb 18 13:31:00 CST 2013

Follow us at Join us on

Twitter - Industrial Laser Solutions

PRESS RELEASES

Replacement lenses from II-VI Infrared eliminate need for beam centering

II-VI Infrared, the world leader in CO2 laser optics, is now providing replacement Trumpf Cut Len...

II-VI Incorporated to Webcast FY 2012 Third Quarter Earnings

PITTSBURGH, April 17, 2012 /GLOBE NEWSWIRE/ - II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ: IIVI) today announced t...

II-VI Inc Announces Acquisition of Aegis Lightwave Inc

II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ: IIVI) announced today that it has acquired all of the outstanding sha...

See Article Archive

View Industrial Laser Solutions past articles.

  •  
  •  
  •  
Copyright © 2007-2016. PennWell Corporation, Tulsa, OK. All Rights Reserved.PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS