1.Fiber laser becomes mainstream
With the continuous maturity of fiber laser technology, its advantages such as small size, long life and low processing cost will become more prominent. In the future, it is expected to accelerate the rapid growth in the high-power and ultra-high power processing market and further expand the market share instead of other types of lasers.
Fiber lasers are mostly used in engraving, marking, cutting, welding and other fields. In the field of marking and engraving, low-power fiber lasers have gradually replaced solid lasers. In the field of cutting and welding, high-power fiber lasers have gradually replaced carbon dioxide lasers and traditional mechanical processing equipment.
Influenced by macroeconomic development, equipment manufacturing industry upgrading, national policy support and other factors, in 2019, China’s fiber laser market size exceeded 12.48 billion yuan, accounting for about 53% of the global fiber laser market size, and has become the largest fiber laser consumer market, showing a high-speed development trend.
In order to meet the market demand, fiber lasers are gradually developing towards systematization, combination, standardization and generalization. With the continuous reduction of laser use cost and the gradual improvement of technical level, the application field of fiber lasers will be further expanded, and the development prospect of accelerating the replacement of low-end gas lasers and solid state lasers will be broad.
2.High power, Automation and Civilization become the leading direction
Industry experts who have many years of experience in product management and technical guidance in well-known laser intelligent equipment manufacturing companies in the laser industry said that under the background of China’s Intelligent Manufacturing 2025 strategy, the traditional industrial manufacturing industry is undergoing a deep transformation, and China is entering a critical period of upgrading from “mechanical processing‘ to “optical processing”. As one of the key processing technologies promoted in the era of “Industry 4.0”, laser technology plays a leading role in high-end manufacturing and intelligent manufacturing. With the wider application of laser technology, the requirements of downstream leading cities on laser performance are increasing. It is a significant trend that the future laser will develop towards high power, automation and civilian use.
3.The domestic substitution trend is obvious
China is the world’s largest laser application market, but foreign countries with rapid technological development firmly control high-end laser manufacturing technology. In order to reduce the dependence of China’s laser industry on imported products and technologies, and reduce the price of high-end raw materials, midstream manufacturers have increased their independent research and development efforts. In the future, domestic components and processes will replace imported products and technologies. Under the joint promotion of national industrial policy support and enterprises’ increasing investment in R&D, China’s laser industry has developed rapidly, and domestic laser enterprises have constantly broken through the technical blockade, gradually replacing imported products from low-power lasers (<100W), medium power lasers (<1.5KW), and high-power lasers (>1.5KW). The market share of domestic lasers in the low power field has increased to 99.01%, in the medium power field has remained above 50%, and in the high power field has increased to 55.56%. The market share has continued to increase.
4.China’s laser industry transforms into intelligent manufacturing
In the laser industry chain, China has a large number of laser equipment integrators, and is also one of the most important markets for laser applications.
After years of development, domestic laser equipment has successfully occupied most of the market share, becoming an important driving force for the popularization of laser processing applications. With the implementation of the “Made in China 2025” plan, laser technology, with its incomparable advantages, has become an important tool to promote the transformation and upgrading of the manufacturing industry. After the introduction of automation, networking and other technologies, laser manufacturing also began to transform into intelligent manufacturing. The “Made in China 2025” development strategy is a major opportunity for laser processing. The entire laser industry should actively seize the opportunity, calmly respond to the challenges, Make the laser equipment industry bigger and stronger, and enhance the international competitiveness of China’s high-end laser manufacturing technology and equipment. This will promote China’s high-end manufacturing leader from “Made in China” to “Created in China”, promote the upgrading and optimization of China’s industrial structure. It is great strategic significance to strengthen China’s manufacturing industry, which is also the specific implementation of China’s “Made in China 2025” strategic requirements.