In an introduction to “LASER 87”, which is one of the leading laser-related exhibitions and congresses, the market for laser equipment had been estimated at US$ 11 billion in 1987, with more than 50 % allocated to printing applications. For the same time period other publications reported market forecasts that often differed substantially; in part based on different definitions of systems and applications, and also due to a variation in base points in the form of time and currency. The data presented here should not so much serve as an exact quantitative statement of the laser market but rather as an indicator of trends, economic implications and consequences for the laser industry.
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