After decades of development, laser technology has already moved from laboratory to people’s daily life.
Whether it is food, clothing, housing and transportation, or processing and manufacturing in the industrial field, and then to medical beauty, the figure of laser is everywhere, affecting all aspects of public life.
From the development of a country’s laser industry, we can see the overall industrial manufacturing level to a certain extent.
This year, the growth rate of the laser industry has further slowed down. Although some enterprises have maintained high growth, more enterprises are facing performance decline or even loss.
Next, according to the performance of laser enterprises in one year (revenue scale and market share), we select 10 enterprises that have the most influence on the laser industry.
Founded in 1923, Trumpf Group is one of the market and technical leaders in the field of industrial production machine tools and lasers in the world.
After more than 90 years of development, Trumpf has grown from a small machinery manufacturing workshop to a giant enterprise in the laser industry.
At present, nearly 80% of the revenue of Trumpf Group is laser related products.
In April 2019, Trumpf completed the acquisition of Philips photonics business and will establish a new business unit called TRUMPF optical components;
In July, Trumpf signed an agreement with GFT to transfer its industrial Internet platform axoom to GFT, but retain the brand ownership of smart factory manufacturing solutions and axoom;
In October, Trumpf China and Shanghai Jiaotong University completed the signing ceremony and established the Sino German joint laser application center;
In December, Trumpf Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Jinan Gweike. The two sides will promote complementary resources and achieve win-win cooperation.
In addition, it is worth mentioning that the cooperative relationship between Trumpf and sensor manufacturer Italy France semiconductor ushered in an important milestone in the autumn of 2019. Trumpf completed the delivery of the 1 billion vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) to Italy France semiconductor.
Coherent was founded in 1966.
At the beginning of its establishment, coherent has prominent advantages in CO2 lasers.
After decades of development, coherent has become one of the world’s leading photonics manufacturers and innovators.
Its products include CO2 lasers, fiber lasers, ultrafast lasers, semiconductor lasers, excimer lasers and so on.
Its products serve many industries such as scientific research, medical treatment and industrial processing.
In 2016, coherently acquired Rofin laser at a price of about US $942 million, becoming one of the main forces in the field of laser machine tools.
At the same time, Nufern, a subsidiary of Coherent, also provides optical fibers to fiber laser enterprises all over the world, especially in the Chinese market.
IPG was originally founded by physicist Dr. Valentin P. gapontsev in Russia in 1991, established its global headquarters in the United States in 1998 and was listed on NASDAQ in 2006.
At present, IPG has become the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers, and its market share is far ahead of other peers.
Its low-power, medium power and high-power lasers and amplifiers are widely used in many advanced applications, such as material processing, communication, entertainment, medical treatment, biotechnology, science and technology and so on.
In January 2019, IPG announced the acquisition of Padtec submarine network division, and will expand the market for submarine network system with core pump laser and fiber amplifier technology, in order to profit from the growing deployment of submarine optical cable network all over the world.
In August, IPG and Brose North America reached a strategic cooperation to develop the straight seam measurement technology of automobile seat guide rail. The two sides will study and analyze the performance data generated by ICI, including penetration measurement, weld surface forming, weld tracking and technical availability of equipment.
In September, IPG launched a 30000 watt fiber laser cutting solution (including 30000 watt fiber laser and 30000 watt fiber laser cutting head) at the Shanghai Industry Expo, providing more choices for ultra-high power laser applications.
Han’s laser, founded in 1996, has become the first manufacturer of industrial laser processing equipment in Asia and the world’s leading manufacturer.
The company’s main products include laser marking, laser welding, laser cutting, demonstration series equipment, PCB drilling series, industrial robots and other series, more than 200 kinds of industrial laser equipment and intelligent equipment solutions.
In 2019, Han’s laser successively signed cooperation agreements with Huichuan technology, Wittenstein, Tencent, Huazhi intelligence, Tanaka, China Unicom and other enterprises. At the same time, Han’s laser also established multiple joint laboratories or talent exchange platforms with Jinan University, South China Normal University, Shenzhen University of technology, Tsinghua Institute of flexible electronics, senior vocational college and so on.
In addition, Han’s laser has successively released 20kW ultra-high power fiber laser cutting machine, intelligent welding line for automobile welding, 10000 watt laser with independent intellectual property rights and other products, bringing new solutions to the laser industry chain.
II-VI company was founded in 1971 and headquartered in Saxony, Pennsylvania.
At the beginning of its establishment, II-VI company only focused on producing high-quality materials for high-power industrial CO2 laser optical elements.
Today, II-VI company has become the world’s leading manufacturer of engineering materials and optoelectronic components. It is a vertically integrated manufacturing company.
In March 2019, II-VI set up a laser processing head service center in Suzhou, China, in order to provide strong Chinese technical support and fast spare parts turnover time for Chinese customers.
In September, II-VI and Guangbao technology reached a strategic cooperation agreement on lidar. The two sides will jointly realize the commercialization of laser product portfolio from NIR to short wave infrared by using their respective mass semiconductor laser and optoelectronic packaging manufacturing platforms, and promote the mass production and commercialization of semiconductor lasers for lidar system packaging, so as to meet the needs of automobile Growing demand in commercial and industrial applications.
At the end of September, II-VI successfully completed the success of Finisar, and thus became the world’s largest optical device and subsystem manufacturer.
In December, II-VI announced that it had signed a multi-year agreement with a total amount of more than US $100 million to provide silicon carbide (SIC) substrates for gallium nitride (GAN) RF power amplifiers deployed in 5g wireless base stations, which was the largest order signed by II-VI since its establishment.
The first aspherical sapphire lens for high power industrial lasers.
In 2019, II-VI launched a number of new products, including pump light module, commercial laser cutting head with zoom optical elements, high-power semiconductor laser and semiconductor architecture lamination, high-power laser optical cable for blue laser beam, remote laser processing head rlsk, first aspheric sapphire lens for high-power industrial laser and so on, which provide sufficient guarantee for the market competition advantage of II-VI.
Lumentum was spun off from JDSU in 2015, and JDSU was incorporated by jDS Fitel and Uniphase in 1999.
Lumentum is the world’s leading supplier of optical communication products, consumer market and industrial lasers. Headquartered in San Jose, California, lumentum has R & D, manufacturing and sales offices around the world.
Lumentum is committed to providing innovative optoelectronic products and improving the scale and speed of cloud computing, Internet, high-end manufacturing and 3D sensing applications.
HGTECH was incorporated in July 1999 and listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange in June 2000. It has become the first high-tech listed company with college background in Central China.
In September 2000, Huagong technology successfully acquired Farley and laserlab, well-known enterprises of laser cutting and plasma cutting systems in Australia.
In July 2004, the first batch of high-performance laser cutting machines produced by Huagong laser passed the acceptance in Wuhan, marking the birth of China’s first domestic high-performance laser cutting machine.
Founded in 1964, Swiss Bystronic Group joined Swiss Conzzeta holding company in 1994. It is one of the most famous enterprise groups in Switzerland.
In 1983, Bystronic manufactured the first CO2 laser cutting machine and put it into use, thus starting its journey in the laser industry.
In June 2019, Bystronic established an important plate processing center in South Africa based in Johannesburg, and began direct sales and after-sales service to the South African market.
In December, Bystronic cooperated with Spanish software expert Kurago to accelerate the development of intelligent factory.
Founded by Dr. Yan Dapeng in 2007, Raycus laser is a national high-tech enterprise with independent innovation intellectual property rights, specializing in the R & D, generation and sales of fiber lasers and their key devices and materials.
It is mainly engaged in pulse and continuous wave fiber lasers, and also covers the R & D and sales of quasi continuous fiber lasers, semiconductor lasers, special lasers and components, special fibers, laser control software and other products.
Castech was established by Fujian Institute of material structure, Chinese Academy of Sciences on July 8, 1988. It is mainly engaged in the R & D, production and sales of crystals, optical components and laser devices. Its products are widely used in the fields of laser and optical communication.
Castech is located in the upstream of the laser industry chain. Its nonlinear crystal, laser crystal and magneto-optical crystal continue to rank first in global sales, with a market share of more than 80%.
The acoustooptic Q-switch and holographic grating products developed by the company in recent years have also been recognized by ultraviolet laser, fiber laser, ultrafast laser and optical communication customers, and have also entered the stage of mass production and supply. Its independently developed magneto-optical isolator products have also occupied the main market in China.