German Laser Industry Shows More Encouraging Dynamics than the Global Market Trend 2014

Laser systems with CO2- and solid-state lasers production (left, orange) and order intake (right, blue), Germany, in million euro, respectively, for the years 2007 through 2014. (Source: VDMA Laser Branch)

Laser systems with CO2- and solid-state lasers production (left, orange) and order intake (right, blue), Germany, in million euro, respectively, for the years 2007 through 2014. (Source: VDMA Laser Branch)

According to data compiled by the German Engineering Federation VDMA, Laser and Laser Systems division, companies represented at German locations crossed a magic boundary for the first time by producing laser-based manufacturing systems which exceed the billion Euro mark.
In 2014 association members produced about 852 million euro of laser-based machines, corresponding to an 11 % growth compared to 2013 (then: +8 %). The global consolidation, i. e. the output following allowances for the added value created by internationally acting groups, records 1.01 billion euro, a 10 % growth over the previous year’s figures (+9 %). Both analysis, i. e. the restriction to locations in Germany and the said consolidation, underscore a dynamic trend that is considerably greater for the systems equipped with solid-state lasers.
The global market 2014 for laser material processing systems has grown by strong +8 % achieving 8.7 billion euro.
The 2013 increase of 4 % in incoming order volume, decidedly more moderat than in production, soared in 2014 by 20 % to an outstanding 1.04 billion euro, mainly driven by foreign demand. Also the realized laser system exports proved highly pleasing in 2014, growing by a healthy 16 % to a value 664 million euro and underlining extraordinary competitiveness of German suppliers in the world markets. The share compared to production value rose to a present 78 %. Against the 2013 structure – in terms of the contributions made by destination regions and countries to the overall result – renewed growth was recorded by Western European destinations, with particularly powerful contributions from the USA, China and Japan, plus only a slight growth for “Other Asian countries” like India, Korea, Taiwan or Southeast Asia.
502 million euro of production volume generated in Germany (+9 %) compare well with orders amounting to a strong 519 million euro (+17 %!). The global consolidation of production volume, i. e. after the inclusion of added values represented by internationally operating companies, yields a performance level that is considerably more meaningful, namely 668 million euro. (Source: VDMA)
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