Laser Sales Increase
According to the Laser Systems Product Group of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), sales within North America totaled $125.2 million, while exports amounted to $48 million. Approximately 45 percent of the lasers sold were the CO2 variety, and more than 80 percent of sales were complete systems (a laser source and a workstation). Just under half of the lasers sold in the third quarter of 2000 were for cutting applications.
The AMT's data come from a quarterly survey of 45 North American suppliers of laser equipment.