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World market in 1989 and 1990
Author(s): Morris R. Levitt
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Paper Abstract

Welcome to our annual ritual of self-examination within the laser industry. 1990 is a ntonentous year in a number of senses - it's the opening of a new decade, one with great portent, particularly in West- em and Eastern Europe, it marks approximately thirty years since the initial development of laser technology. About twenty-five years since the first practical industrial application took place. About twenty-five years of chronicling the events and developments of the industry in our publication, which is about the tinie frante, a quarter century or so, in the life-time of this industry. I think one of the most noteworthy things we can say about the industry is that in that quarter century, as we look at our economic forecast for the next year, we will have grown somewhat like the computer and serai-conductor industries into a billion dollar industry very likely sometime in 1990. (Figure 1) That's in terms of dollars for units of lasers sold, that does not include systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 1315, The Laser Marketplace in 1990, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.637337
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Morris R. Levitt, Laser Focus World (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1315:
The Laser Marketplace in 1990
Gary T. Forrest; Morris R. Levitt, Editor(s)

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