Laser Sales Increase
According to the Laser Systems Product Group of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT,), sales within North America totaled $500.4 million, while exports amounted to $221.2 million. Half of the lasers sold were the CO2 variety, and more than 80 percent of sales were complete systems (a laser source and a workstation). Fifty percent of the lasers sold in 2000 were for cutting applications.
The AMT's data come from a quarterly survey of 46 North American suppliers of laser equipment.