Laser Technology Market and Patent Landscape Report – 2025

Laser Technology Market
Emerging technology trends
Patent Landscape Analysis
New Players investing in Innovations across laser technology
Industry Growth Analysis
Address the unmet market need
Market Size and Forecast Opportunities
Projections of market and CAGRs through 2025
  • The global market for laser technology in the year 2018 is recorded $12.95 billion which is projected to grow to $17.97 billion in 2025 with CAGR of 4.78 percent.
  • Processing, instrumentation and printing application segment occupied 33 percent of North American market
  • Mitsubishi Group holds the most extensive patent portfolio in LASER technology with 616 IP assets, within the past ~5 years
  • Most of the R&D activity in laser technology is taking place in Japan with 8960 patents having Japan as the priority country

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Laser Technology Market and Patent Landscape Report – 2025 by End Users (Industrial, Communication, Health, Defense & Aerospace, Electronics And Research), by Product Types (Fiber, Co2, Solid State), by Applications (Instrumentation and Printing, Optical Communication and Others), by Regional Segmentation (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC) and Rest of World (RoW)), by Patent Activities (Leading Patent Players, Technical Analysis Of Patent Landscape, Patent Licensing, Academic and Corporate Collaborations), Global Forecast – 2025

Executive Summary

The term LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The market for lasers is growing at a good pace but is not expected to be saturated during the forecasted period of 2019 through 2025. Lasers have been in R&D for more than 50 years, but significant investment is being made towards devising innovative solutions to utilize the technology in widespread applications in material processing, optical communication, medical, photovoltaic, and defense. From wide-ranging material processing applications to developing high-grade weaponry, laser technology has made numerous complex operations highly efficient, increasingly precise, and less time-consuming. New promising technologies emerging from the core laser applications including LiDAR, VCSEL, and AR/VR are in demand and boosting the demand for laser technology in varied domains of manufacturing, automotive, medical, aerospace, military and defense, telecommunications, electronics, and other consumer goods.

The global market for laser technology is projected to grow to $17.97 billion in 2025 with a seven-year CAGR of 4.78 percent.

The global market for laser technology in the year 2018 was estimated at $12.95 billion which is projected to grow to $17.97 billion in 2025 with a seven-year CAGR of 4.78 percent. The top laser system producers in the market including Coherent, Trumpf, IPG Photonics, Han’s Laser, Lumentum Holdings, Jenoptik, Novanta, Lumibird, and Bystronic have developed mass scale production processes and have entered into various joint development agreements with multinational OEMs to drive the laser market. Such agreements are promoting laser-based manufacturing, medical, optical communication and defense projects all around the globe.

Laser Technology Market and Patent Landscape Report - 2025

Among the four types of lasers, the most promising product type is a fiber laser. It is projected to grow with a CAGR of 8.32 percent over the forecasted period. Improvements in power levels of fiber lasers provide the capacity to obtain cleaner cuts in a variety of materials such as metals, ceramics, glasses, silicon, polymers, precious metals, etc. CO2 lasers held the largest market share in 2018 which will dilute with the growth of fiber lasers in the forecasted period. With respect to applications, processing, instrumentation & printing holds the highest share of 49 percent in the global laser technology market. Most common laser operations used for manufacturing purposes are cutting, welding, drilling, cladding, heat treating, engraving, trimming, scribbling, vapor deposition, annealing, and shock hardening. Automotive industry employs laser cutting in several processes such as creating apertures for automotive carriage components, cutting smooth shapes for hydroformed parts, and cutting cloths for airbags without any fraying. The market for extreme UV (EUV) lithography is rising considerably which is boosting the adoption of EUV lithography systems by microchip manufacturers.

Progressive digitization is resulting in virtually exploding data transfer volumes with current communication networks reaching economic and logistical limits. The market for wireless laser communication using laser terminals and ground stations is still in its nascent stage. APAC’s optical communication segment is expected to grow with the fastest seven-year CAGR and reach a value of $1.56 billion by 2025. Companies are developing laser communication systems to provide the connectivity backbone for these high-altitude constellations which will drive the multi-billion market of laser optical communications in coming years. The growing R&D in the region in the automotive sector focusing on self-driven cars is expected to boost the demand for lasers. Also, the growing market of 3D printing and a boost in demand for 3D printed images are driving the North American market. Coherent Inc. acquired O.R. Lasertechnologie GmbH inn 2018 which develops high precision tool for additive manufacturing.Canada is a hub for laser companies such as Trotec Laser, Meditech International, Metropolis laser, Nester Laser Works, Sensilaser technologies and many more.

The Industrial segment clearly dominates the end user segment with $5,170 million market value in 2018 and is expected to retain its top position in 2025 as well. Electronics segment is projected to have the highest CAGR from 2018 to 2025. The manufacturing of smartphones requires several laser-based operations including engraving parts, drilling circuit boards, cutting glass and many other. Further, the increasing demand for OLED displays will drive the electronics segment growth. Several vendors are providing excimer lasers which are used for the fabrication of OLED displays with Coherent being the most highlighted player in this product category. Ophthalmology is the most common field in medical sciences which uses laser technology.

Patent Landscape Analysis of Laser Technology

Patent landscape analysis of laser technology has been done for the previous five years with the priority filing date on or after January 1, 2014. The patent dataset consists of around 30,464 patent families. As the laser technology covers a wide scope of patent consideration, patents solely related to core lasing set-ups are considered in the relevant dataset. Patent landscape is dominated by commercial companies compared to universities and research institutes. Japan is the leading innovation geography with 8960 patent families registering Japan as a priority country followed by the US. Mitsubishi Group has the maximum number of patents on laser technology followed by Disco Corporation and Toyota Group. 70 percent of the patent filings are done by companies whereas universities and research institutes are assignees for approximately 8 percent of the filings. Hon Hai Precision and Hamamatsu Photonics are gradually increasing their laser portfolio in recent years. Corning Inc., Fujikura Ltd. are also actively filing patents in laser technology.

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Table of Content

About Ahead Intel  (Page no.-10 )

Disclaimer  (Page no.- 11)

Executive Summary  (Page no.- 12)

1. Introduction  (Page no.- 16)

1.1 Reasons For The Study

1.2 Study Goals And Objectives

1.3 Scope Of The Report

1.4 Methodology And Information Sources

1.5 Intended Audience

2. Technology Landscape  (Page no.- 19)

2.1 Introduction To Laser Technology

2.2 Discovery Of Laser Technology

2.3 Evolution Of Laser Technology

2.4 Components Of Laser Systems

2.5 Major Technologies For Laser Set-Ups

3. Business Landscape And Forecast  (Page no.-26 )

3.1 Industry Outlook

3.2 Market Drivers

3.2.1 Rising Demand For Health And Medical Segments

3.2.2 Moving Towards Micro And Nanomanufacturing

3.2.3 Advantages Over Competing Technologies

3.2.4 Government Mandates Promoting Laser Use

3.2.5 Laser Provides Higher Accuracy

3.3 Market Restraints

3.3.1 Environmental Health And Safety Concerns

3.3.2 Regulatory Compliance

3.3.3 Laser Processing Devices Demand High Initial Cost

3.4 Market Opportunities

3.4.1 Quality Assurance Application Avenues For Laser Technology

3.4.2 Optical Communication Sets A Broad Base For Laser Technology

3.5 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

3.6 Laser Technology- Global Market Trend

3.6.1 Market Overview

3.6.2 Market Forecast

3.7 Market Segmentation By Product Type

3.7.1 Market Overview

3.7.2 Market Forecast

3.8 Market Segmentation By Applications

3.8.1 Introduction

3.8.2 Material Processing, Instrumentation & Printing: Overview And Forecast

3.8.3 Optical Communication: Overview And Forecast

3.8.4 Other Applications: Overview And Forecast

3.9 Market Segmentation By End User

3.10 Market Segmentation By Region

3.11 New Innovations In Laser Technology

3.12 Laser Venture Capital

4. Competitive Landscape  (Page no.-108)

4.1 Value Chain Analysis

4.2 Analysis Of Major Strategies

4.3 Major Players

5. Active Companies  (Page no.- 119)

5.1 Coherent Inc.

5.2 TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG

5.3 IPG Photonics Corporation

5.4 Lumentum Holdings inc.

5.5 Jenoptik AG

5.6 Han’s Laser Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd

5.7 Novanta Inc.

5.8 Lumibird Group

5.9 DPSS Laser, Inc.

5.10 Bystronic Inc.

5.11 Amplitude Systemes S.A.

5.12 EKSPLA

6. Innovation Landscape  (Page no.-139 )

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Search Strategy

6.3 Categories And Cpc Classification

6.4 How Is The Innovation Activity Trend?

6.5 What Are The Key Grant Timelines?

6.6 Who Are The Leading Players?

6.6.1 Who Is Making Substantial Investment In The Technology?

6.6.2 Who Are The Key Inventors In The Domain?

6.6.3 Are There Collaboration Networks

6.7 Which Are The Current Technological Focus Areas?

6.7.1 Which Application Area Will Drive R&D Market?

6.7.2 Which Product Type Is Gaining Momentum?

6.7.3 Which Are The Key Geographies For Setting Up Innovation Centers?

6.7.4 Which Geographies Are Touted As Investment Goldmines?

7. Appendix  (Page no.- 167)

7.1 Acronyms And Abbreviations

7.2 Analyst Profile

Table Of Tables

Table 1 Timeline For Development Of Laser Technology

Table 2 Laser Biological Effects

Table 3 Global Laser Revenue Trend, 2015 To 2019, In $ Billions

Table 4 Global Laser Revenue Trend, 2015 To 2019, By Percentage Share

Table 5 Global Laser Technology Revenue Forecast, 2018 To 2025 (In $ Billion)

Table 6 Global Laser Revenue Segmentation, By Application, 2018-2025 (In $ Millions)

Table 7 Global Markets For Laser Technology, 2018 To 2025 (In $ Billion)

Table 8 Global Markets For Laser Technology, By Product Type, 2018 To 2025

Table 9 Global Market For Laser Material Processing, Instrumentation & Printing, 2018 To 2025 ($ Million)

Table 10 Laser Market For Optical Communication Application, By Region, 2018 To 2025 ($ Million)

Table 11 Global Markets For Other Applications Segmentation, By Region, 2018 To 2025 ($ Million)

Table 12 Global Laser Revenue Segmentation, By End User, 2018-2025 (In $ Millions)

Table 13 Key Development Strategies

Table 14 Key Companies With Commercial Interest In Laser Technology

Table 15 Grant Timelines In Laser Landscape

Table 16 Heat Map Of Top 20 Patent Owners And Their Number Of Patent Families In Each Category, Within The Laser Patent Landscape

Table 17 Patent Categories For Laser Technology Landscape

Table 18 Level 2 And Level 3 Product Type Categories With The Number Of Patent Families In Each Category

Table Of Figures

Figure 1 Graphical Representation For Laser Segmentation By Product Type

Figure 2 Graphical Representation For Laser Segmentation By End User

Figure 3 Graphical Representation For Laser Segmentation By Applications

Figure 5 Graphical Representation For Laser Segmentation By Region

Figure 5 Nanotechnology Applications Driving The Laser Market

Figure 6 Global Laser Revenue Trend, 2015 To 2019 (In $ Billions)

Figure 7 Global Laser Technology Revenue Forecast, 2018 To 2025 (In $ Billion)

Figure 8 Global Laser Segmentation, By Application, 2018-2025 (In $ Millions)

Figure 9 Global Laser Revenue Segmentation, By Application, 2018 (Percentage)

Figure 10 Global Laser Revenue Segmentation, By Application, 2025 (Percentage)

Figure 11 Global Markets For Laser Technology, By Region, 2018-2025

Figure 12 Global Markets For Laser Technology, By Region, Percentage Share, 2018

Figure 13 Global Markets For Laser Technology, By Region, Percentage Share, 2025

Figure 14 Global Markets For Laser Technology, By Product Type, 2018 To 2025 ($Billions)

Figure 15 Global Markets For Laser Technology, By Product Type, 2018 (Percentage)

Figure 16 Global Markets For Laser Technology, By Product Type, 2025 (Percentage)

Figure 17 Global Market For Laser Material Processing, Instrumentation & Printing, 2018 To 2025 ($ Million)

Figure 18 Laser Material Processing, Instrumentation & Sensors, And Printing Application, By Region, 2018 (Percentage)

Figure 19 Laser Material Processing, Instrumentation & Sensors, And Printing Application, By Region, 2025 (Percentage)

Figure 20 Laser Market For Optical Communication Application, By Region, 2018 To 2025 ($ Million)

Figure 21 Global Laser Optical Communication, By Region, 2018 (Percentage)

Figure 22 Global Laser Optical Communication, By Region, 2025 (Percentage)

Figure 23 Global Laser Market For Other Applications Segmentation, By Region, 2018 To 2025 ($ Million)

Figure 24 Global Laser Market Applications Segment, By Region, 2018 (Percentage)

Figure 25 Global Laser Market Applications Segment, By Region, 2025 (Percentage)

Figure 26 Global Laser Market, By End User, 2018-2025, In $ Millions

Figure 27 Global Laser Revenue Segmentation, By End User, 2018 (Percentage)

Figure 28 Global Laser Revenue Segmentation, By End User, 2025 (Percentage)

Figure 29 North American Markets For Laser Technology, By Revenue, In $ Billion, 2018-2025

Figure 30 North American Markets For Laser Technology, By Application, In Percentage, 2018

Figure 31 North American Markets For Laser Technology, By Application, In Percentage, 2025

Figure 32 Apac Markets For Laser Technology, By Revenue, In $ Billion, 2018-2025

Figure 33 Apac Markets For Laser Technology, By Application, In Percentage, 2018

Figure 34 Apac Markets For Laser Technology, By Application, In Percentage, 2025

Figure 35 Europe Markets For Laser Technology, By Revenue, In $ Billion, 2018-2025

Figure 36 Europe Markets For Laser Technology, By Application, In Percentage, 2018

Figure 37 Europe Markets For Laser Technology, By Application, In Percentage, 2025

Figure 38 Europe Markets For Laser Technology, By Revenue, In $ Billion, 2018-2025

Figure 39 Row Markets For Laser Technology, By Application, In Percentage, 2018

Figure 40 Row Markets For Laser Technology, By Application, In Percentage, 2025

Figure 18 Laser Value Chain Analysis

Figure 42 Key Development Strategies By Top Laser Companies

Figure 43 Schematic Diagram To Represent Key Steps In Patent Analysis Process

Figure 44 Thematic Concept Map For Laser

Figure 45 Top 10 Cpc Classification Categories For Laser Landscape

Figure 46 Global Laser Patenting Activity Trend

Figure 47 Top 20 Patent Owners In The Laser Patent Landscape

Figure 48 Top 20 Inventors In The Laser Patent Landscape

Figure 49 Collaboration Networks-Co-Assignment

Figure 50 Global Laser Patenting Trends Based On Types Of Lasers Vs Diode/Non-Diode (2014-2019)

Figure 51 Global Laser Patenting Trends Based On Chromaticity Vs Continuity (2014-2019)

Figure 52 Global Laser Patenting Trends Based On Types Of Lasers Vs Spectrum (2014-2019)

Figure 53 Global Laser Patenting Trends Based On Types Of Lasers Vs Application Areas (2014-2019)

Figure 54 Global Laser Patenting Trends Based On Types Of Lasers Vs Chromaticity (2014-2019)

Figure 55 Category Map For Laser Technology Patent Landscape

Figure 56 Major Offices Of First Fillings Linked To Their Region

Figure 57 Geographic Map Of R&D In The Field Of Laser Technology

Figure 57 Geographic Map Of Market Opportunities In Laser Technology

Figure 57 Representation Of Market Opportunities For Laser Patent Landscape

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Analyst Review

Laser technology is one the most established yet advancing technology of 21st century. Currently, growth in several diversified markets from manufacturing to defense to aesthetics cannot be imagined without the implementation of laser technology. As a result, it becomes imperative to present the latest and accurate information and market trends for the technology. Laser technology market is further segmented by end users into industrial, telecommunication, automotive, healthcare and medical, defense & aerospace, electronics and research; by applications into material processing, instrumentation & printing; optical communication; and other applications; by product type into fiber, CO2, solid-state and others; and by regional segmentation into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC) and Rest of World (RoW). The report forecasts the sizes and trends of the global market as well as its sub-segments for the period 2018 to 2025. The report focuses on critical market segments to identify the key market and technology trends. Market driving factors and constraints have been considered to estimate global laser technology market potential. In this report, patent trends have been presented in detail to understand the research and development activities happening around the world in the last five years. The report will also present a competitive landscape focusing on active players in the industry, growth strategies, value chain analysis and detailed profiling of critical companies.

New promising technologies are emerging from the concept and applications of lasers including LiDAR, VCSEL, AR/VR and many other that increase the derived demand and research for core laser technology in every possible domain. These new innovations along with the prevailing laser practices will generate collectively rejuvenated demand for laser technology. Many global leaders have occupied great spaces in the laser market. These giants are now focusing more towards establishing strategic alliances with new as well as existing players that interest laser technology in their business procedures. For example, Trumpf has already initiated a venture fund to support five photonic-based start-ups every year. The research also infers that saturated segments such as material processing are most safe areas in laser technology market. Companies are developing laser communication systems to provide the connectivity backbone for these high-altitude constellations which will drive the multi-billion market of laser optical communications in coming years. The markets for electronics, medical & aesthetics, additive manufacturing, and defense are expected to grow more for the forecasted period.

Laser technology is one of those rare markets which has strong and developed base with high growth potential in future. Socio-economic activities in the world caused a great amount of hinderance in various global businesses but is expected to improve in the coming years. Global businesses are also expected to intensify across countries which will also bring new opportunities for laser technology. Governments are pushing mandates to use laser technology in various manufacturing activities. To complement such directives, leading players should endeavor to assist the global governments to develop standardized regulatory norms to further ensure appropriate advancement of this promising technology.

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Companies Profiled

List of companies profiled in the report.

  • Coherent Inc
  • TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
  • IPG Photonics Corporation
  • Lumentum Holdings Inc
  • Jenoptik AG
  • Han’s Laser Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd
  • Novanta Inc
  • Lumibird Group
  • DPSS Laser, Inc
  • Bystronic Inc
  • Amplitude Systemes S.A
  • EKSPLA

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