First Quarter Industrial Lasers Down 21 Percent Year-Over-Year

May 24, 2010 - McLean, Va. … Compared to first quarter 2009, orders of industrial laser equipment and systems in the first quarter of 2010 are reported at $51.3 million, a decrease of 21.2 percent, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Although the value of orders declined, total unit sales increased by 13.6 percent. This unit growth was all in Nd:YAG, though, as CO2 lasers declined slightly. The report compiled from 19 manufacturers and distributors also shows declines from fourth quarter 2009. Unit sales of CO2 lasers fell 23.2 percent, while Nd:YAG orders declined 18.6 percent.  Of the 209 total units of all types ordered, 49.3 percent of industrial laser orders were configured as a laser system (laser source and workstation). This represented the first time in several years that less than half of orders were configured as systems, although systems continue to make up a much larger share of orders when measured by dollar value, accounting for 83.6 percent of total order values in first quarter 2010.

Year-end figures for 2009 are based on actual data reported by companies voluntarily participating in the Laser Market Data Survey.  Growth is based on revised 2008 data reflecting any changes that survey participants made during the course of 2009.

 The web-based benchmarking survey tracks and reports actual order data from North American manufacturers and suppliers of industrial lasers including:

  • complete industrial laser machines (workstations and laser source),
  • beam delivery only (workstations), and
  • source only.

Data is collected at a transaction level which enables multi-dimensional reporting across destination, application, configuration, and end user industry which enables participants to analyze the market by different criteria.  Participation is free, but detailed data is available only to companies that actively contribute data.  Any North American company building or supplying industrial laser equipment may participate in AMT’s Laser Market Data Survey.

 

Companies that meet the eligibility requirements and would like to participate in AMT’s statistical program should register at www.AMTlasersurvey.com or contact Russ Waddell, Industry Economist, at Email Contact or 703-827-5258.

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Laser Market Data Survey

A statistical program of AMT

 

1Q2010

(million $)

 

 

 

 

 

Type of Laser

Order Value

Net Units Ordered

 

Configuration

Order Value

Net Units Ordered

CO2

ND

139

 

Laser Source Only

ND

105

YAG

ND

70

 

Laser System

ND

103

Total Industrial Laser Shipments

51.3

209

 

Total Industrial Laser Shipments

51.3

209

Source: AMT Laser Systems Product Report

 

 

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AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Founded in 1902, the Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes the interests of American providers of manufacturing machinery and equipment.  Its goal is to promote technological advancements and improvements in the design, manufacture and sale of members’ products in those markets and acts as an industry advocate on trade matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.

 

Contact:

Mary Uhrina

Clearly Write

630-240-3139

Email Contact

 

Bonnie Gurney

AMT Director – Communications

703-827-5277

Email Contact




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