According to the Laser Systems Product Group of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), sales within North America totaled $105.3 million, while exports amounted to $47.1 million. Sales of CO2 lasers were down 20 percent, while sales of Nd:YAG lasers increased 1 percent. In fact, 50 percent of the lasers sold were the Nd:YAG variety.
More than 85 percent of sales were complete systems (a laser source and a workstation), and 45 percent of the lasers sold were for cutting applications.
The AMT's data come from a quarterly survey of 47 North American suppliers of laser equipment.