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Industrial Lasers' Impact On Manufacturing Technology
Author(s): David Belforte
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Paper Abstract

The international industrial laser market. Dr. Levitt referred to this in his talk, and I think David Kales made some comments about it. It is in his annual report that there were some changes in the 1987 numbers. In Fig. 1, we see a total of about 2335 units. CO2 - 1400; Solid State - 900; Excimer - 35; a total of 2335. Now the column for the 1988 market. Those are Belforte Associates look at what we see the market to be. Notice that these numbers disagree somewhat with what David Kales reports in his January issue. Keep in mind that we have looked at this a lot sooner (or a lot later) than David did. This thing went to press in November, and we were still looking at this in late November. We have reflected some changes that came to us based on the market in Japan, which had a little uptick at the end of the year. A surprise to all of us. It was an uptick in Japan and a bit of an uptick in Europe, and those of you who read the press noticed that Spectra-Physics reported that they had a rather good year, and Coherent General for example told us that they had a pretty good last quarter of their year. All of this information came somewhat after the fact when the Laser Report information was put together. So I am reasonably confident that within a couple of a percent or something like that, these aren't all that bad of numbers for projections for 1988.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0950, The Laser Marketplace in 1988, (3 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.947549
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David Belforte, Belforte Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0950:
The Laser Marketplace in 1988
Gary T. Forrest; Morris R. Levitt, Editor(s)

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