The Global Ultrafast Lasers Market was valued at USD 1,619. 2 Million in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 3,997. 5 Million by 2027, with an estimated CAGR of 16. 7%, during the period of 2021-2027. The COVID-19 outbreak and associated lockdown restrictions across the world affected industrial activities; Many industries witnessed a disruption in supply chain and manufacturing operations across the world.
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Some other effects of lockdown include lack of availability of raw materials used in the manufacturing process, labor shortages, fluctuating prices that could cause the production of the final product to inflate and go beyond budget, shipping problems, etc.
Ultrafast or ultrashort pulse lasers are critical manufacturing tools across industries, such as automobile, consumer electronics, and medical devices, due to advantages, such as tighter tolerances, enhanced dimensional accuracy, and elimination of post-processing steps.
Industries move from laser-cut technology to ultrafast laser technology for machining accuracy, thus enabling earlier marketing of their products. Although laser (usually in the form of oscillators and amplifiers) equipment tends to have high initial costs, the improvement in process precision decreases the operating cost and overall time for production, which drives its adoption in material processing applications.
Available in the picosecond and femtosecond variants, these lasers also gain traction in the medical and military equipment manufacturing sectors. For instance, catheters and stents are made with ultrafast lasers. Mandates for laser marking for medical devices across regions are another reason for the growing demand for ultrafast lasers.
Technological advancements in industries, such as consumer electronics, automobiles, healthcare, networking and telecom, and computing, created the need for small and robust electronic devices. Such portable electronic equipment demands precise dimensional accuracy for components. This is expected to augment the demand for the fabrication materials needed to develop components with precise dimensional accuracy.
Various alternate technologies are available and are widely in use for applications such as material processing, owing to the reduced level of manufacturing complexities involved in the comparison. For instance, Excimer lasers, which produce high-energy UV radiation in a range of wavelengths, have been widely used for micromachining applications, such as microelectronics, medical, automotive, and other industrial applications. Although ultrafast lasers are capable of processing optically transparent polymer materials, excimer lasers are in more use owing to the costs involved. Other alternative technologies include Q-switched lasers, continuous wave (CW), nanosecond pulsed, etc.
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions across the world affected the industrial activities that witnessed a disruption in manufacturing operations and supply chains around the globe. Some other effects of lockdown include lack of availability of raw materials used in the manufacturing process, labor shortages, fluctuating prices that could cause the production of the final product to inflate and go beyond budget, shipping problems, etc.
Key Market Trends
Demand from Consumer Electronics is Expected to Witness Significant Growth
The electronics manufacturing segment remains a highly dynamic sector. The sector is primarily driven by the increasing demand from the consumer electronics sector and fast-paced technological developments, which pressure OEMs to introduce new products in the market continuously. The consumer electronics providers largely depend on the electronic manufacturers that offer benefits such as cost savings, reduced time-to-volume, quality, reduced time-to-market, and flexibility to provide their products in the market. According to Consumer Technology Association, Consumer Technology Sales in the United States increased by 7.5% and reached USD 487 billion in 2021.
Most of the electronics devices in the market nowadays are miniaturized and demand tighter dimensional tolerances so that the components can fit inside ever-smaller form factors, driving the growth of the ultrafast laser market. The electronic manufacturing process needs the inspection of the tinier component features along with improved accuracy.
A growing application for femtosecond lasers is in the field of handheld electronics. Mobile phones, memory chips, microprocessors, and display panels are incredibly sophisticated components, comprising various materials, multiple layers of extremely low thicknesses, and minimal features. These components require high-precision and advanced manufacturing processes and the ability to be economically produced in large quantities.
Due to the very short pulse duration, ultrafast lasers enable thermal micromachining without any heat generation. Their increasing use in the advanced display repair process has led to the development of a new generation of high-speed, compact, multi-wavelength ultrafast lasers.
For instance, Spark Lasers, an Ultrafast lasers manufacturer, offers DIADEM, a compact, high energy ultrafast laser for advanced micro-machining applications with short femtosecond pulse widths that deliver over 40µJ at 30W and up to 1MHz. This laser has been particularly designed for demanding electronics manufacturing and implantable medical device.
Several industrial processes are taking advantage of the high precision of ultrafast laser processing. This includes selective layer ablation, where ablation rates as precise as 30nm per pulse are routinely achieved, and high-precision thin-film transistor electrode cutting, which has a cutting width smaller than 2?m. These processes require the development of advanced and flexible beam shaping techniques, allowing the delivery of uniform, flat-top beams with variable shapes to the sample and sizes as small as 2?m × 2?m.
Players like Amplitude Group offer a range of femtosecond lasers for the consumer electronics segment, such as Tangor UV, Tangerine, and Yuja. These products include optical technology, which is the new standard in terms of quality-driven results. They offer both high repetition rates and their peak to average power ratio; they can perform on any materials with unparalleled precision, whether PCB, operations on semiconductors or flexible electronic materials, glass-cutting, and many others.
Asia Pacific is Expected to Hold a Significant Market Share
The ultrafast laser market has seen significant growth in the Asia Pacific due to augmented demand for femtosecond fiber lasers in the automotive and electronics industries. This region is expected to grow considerably during the forecast period due to technological advancements and many electronics OEMs in the area, especially in countries such as Japan and China.
The Asia Pacific is an established leader in laser technology development with many market players, such as Thorlabs Inc., Wuhan Huaray Precision Laser Co., Ltd., Amplitude Laser, and others. The product offerings are one of the initiatives being taken by the market players for maximizing profit and gaining a competitive edge while fulfilling the ever-rising demand for enhanced ultrafast lasers equipment. Companies have developed ultrafast lasers for myriad industrial applications due to increasing government initiatives for manufacturing defense and medical services, in this region are expected to have continuous growth in ultrafast lasers.
The industrial application includes ultrafast lasers for the manufacturing processing of any industrial products ranging from machines to aerospace equipment. Ultrafast laser in the industrial domain is used in heating for hardening, melting for welding and cladding, and removing material for drilling and cutting. Femtosecond laser processing for material manufacturing is gaining traction. For surface processing, ultrafast lasers have become an industry standard.
Many manufacturing utilities and an increasing focus on product quality and accuracy are significant factors fueling the demand for ultrafast lasers in Asia- Pacific. Moreover, manufacturing is one of the prominent industries in the Asian economy due to the rising need for industrial and consumer products.
The demand for ultrafast lasers in the region is driven by several supportive factors, including research funding, equipment purchase funding, and agreements. In September 2021, Chromacity signed a deal with Photonteck to supply and distribute their ultrafast lasers into China. Photonteck will promote Chromacity’s range of fixed wavelength femtosecond lasers and picosecond optical parametric oscillators (OPO) for imaging and sensing applications.
The Ultrafast lasers market is highly competitive owing to the presence of multiple players. The market appears to be moderately concentrated. Vendors in the market are involved in new product rollouts with significant R&D investments and partnerships that significantly boost the market growth. In addition to technological investments, companies also have acquisitions as their growth strategy. The market consists of laser/photonic giants, such as Coherent, Trumpf, Jenoptik, and Lumentum, among others.
February 2022 - Jenoptik announces its strategic partnership with Accretech. With this, the companies will combine economic and technological strengths to create added value for the entire Japanese industry from February 1, 2022. Jenoptik, thus, gained another strong distribution partner.
November 2021 - MKS Instruments Inc. announced the expansion of its highly popular Spectra-Physics InSight X3+ tunable ultrafast lasers with the introduction of an integrated attenuation option. This new capability provides on-board, software-controlled adjustment of the output power to augment the built-in automated wavelength and dispersion compensation tuning for added optimization of multiphoton imaging performance.
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