- The global laser market is projected to be almost $6 billion in 2010, according to Laser Focus World.
- Sales in 2009 were down for the first time since 2000.
- 3D laser scanners do not seem to represent a significant part of the overall laser market.
The global market for lasers is expected to grow about 11% in 2010 bringing total revenues to $5.91 billion for the year, according to a new industry forecast from Laser Focus World.
For the first time since 2000 worldwide laser sales fell during 2009 because of the worldwide recession. The new forecast anticipates a return to growth in 2010. Aided by a turnaround in the semiconductor and communication equipment business and in the general economic situation, the laser market should pull out of the downturn and return to 2006 levels.
These findings are based on the Laser Focus World annual review and forecast of the laser marketplace, to be presented in detail at the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar in San Francisco, CA on January 25, 2010.
This forecast includes worldwide sales of all types of lasers for use in applications as varied as medicine, metal cutting, vision correction, fiber optic communications, and DVD players.
3D laser scanning was not directly mentioned in this news article. It would be interesting to know what percent of the overall laser market 3D laser scanners represent. It would seem to be rather small.