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Indian laser market trend analysis

India has a 5% market share in more than $ 12 billion in the global laser market. It is estimated that in the next five years, the global laser market will grow at a CAGR of 11.6% to reach 21 billion U.S. dollars, and India will become a major contributor to this growth. Since 2012, the laser cutting market in India has increased tenfold, from 50 to 500 a year.

As an Indian laser manufacturer that has undergone market development and evolution over the past decade, I believe the demand for lasers is on the brink of rapid development in this country. This growth will be driven by more economical fiber laser cutting machines, the need for continued technology improvements, the use of used machinery, and other laser applications.

Affordable equipment

Vibrotech, based in New Delhi, India, is a small air-handling equipment manufacturer and Girdhar Sharma is the company's owner. The company's 1-2mm sheet metal manufacturing requirements mainly include cutting and bending - most of which are outsourced to a machining shop located near their factory, while bending and finishing are done at his own factory .

When the shop owner decided to relocate his factory to a new location a few miles away, boss Girdhar Sharma began a nightmare experience as the nearest processing shop was at least 4.5 miles away. However, he recently decided to purchase a laser cutting machine (Figure 1) instead of looking for other processing workshops.
  
Over the past few years, the company's sales and service engineers have also started to experience more of the same. In the typical manufacturing VS purchase predicament, "manufacturing" apparently prevailed. So why is this reverse integration more plausible than ever before? The answer is: because the demand increased significantly, and the price of the machine is more reasonable.

Despite its typical representation as a service-based growth model, India's trade deficit in imported goods is four times its trade in services exports surplus. This has led to the shift in the pattern of growth in the manufacturing sector has become the priority of the Indian government. As a result, a series of highly attractive initiatives such as the much-hyped "Made in India" initiative were set to stimulate the country's manufacturing sector and thus make the Indian manufacturing industry grow 9.3% last year %.

In addition, lasers have become more affordable, as current machines are only 25% of the price a few years ago. The new government plan also provides investment subsidies and interest subsidies and insurance. Sharma hopes to recover its investment within a year, which is why Laser Technologies, the Indian laser maker, sold more than 50 economical fiber laser cutters last year.

Considering laser efficiency as a priority

Mumbai-based Powerbeam Technology, meanwhile, is the first and most cutting-edge laser cutting machine in India - a 6kW, 6G acceleration laser system powered by Polish laser maker Eagle ( Figure 2). Jayesh Ramani, owner of Powerbeam Technology, focuses primarily on efficiency rather than capital. Ramani owns seven different laser cutting machines and is an OEM for Siemens, L & T and Godrej, all of whom have an unprecedented demand for his machine shop.
  
Ramani explains: "Having a very efficient machine is much more lucrative than several machines running in parallel; and most importantly, I no longer have to worry about production, which makes my plant more futuristic." This will not only reduce maintenance costs but also save a lot of space. "This is a fair comment as Mumbai remains one of the most costly real estate markets in the world. However, the most important observation and quality are closely related to the real understanding of what the machine is to meet market demand.

As more and more multinationals set up manufacturing plants in India, quality specifications will become more stringent and more OEMs will agree with Ramani's point about having cutting-edge production technology.

The automotive industry places great emphasis on quality and happens to be one of the largest consumer sectors in laser processing products, which is in a period of rapid growth - India is expected to become the world's fourth-largest car market by 2017. Businesses like Kia and Kawasaki have already announced plans to set up factories in India; and big car makers such as Suzuki, Honda and Toyota are expanding their production capacity.

Reconsider the used machine

In the 21st century, the Indian market is full of used CO2 laser cutting machines. The plants that operate and operate these expensive equipment for the maintenance of second-hand equipment are now at risk of being eliminated by the market. Because all of these machines are out of date, they are in urgent need of replacement.

Although it is impossible to know the exact number of current used laser equipment in India, the data suggest that the replacement of these machines will account for about 25% of total sales in the coming year.

Other laser applications

The Indian market is slowly warming up, resulting in demand for other laser applications such as soldering, quenching and cladding, while advances in automation, speed and accuracy have led to a growing demand for lasers in the packaging industry . Although lasers have become the solution of choice for flexible and innovative packaging, the technology is likely to replace mold applications as more progress is made. Lasers offer greater packaging flexibility than traditional hard-coded machines. With the increasing demand for innovation in the packaging industry, lasers have clearly become a hot processing tool. Due to the very diverse and unique packaging industry requirements, Laser Technologies has created a dedicated team to accept packaging projects tailored to their needs.

Looking to the future

The current trends discussed in this article should continue for the foreseeable future and lead to the following trends:

● The demand for proprietary talent. Laser engineers in India are almost completely field-trained but have little or no professional training. As more and more machines (more advanced machines) enter the Indian market, manpower can become a bottleneck.

● buyer's market. The influx of large manufacturers will make India a market where buyers will gain more bargaining power.

● manufacturing and assembly unit. More and more manufacturers will set up factories and assembly units in India to cater to the growing needs of the Indian and South Asian markets.

● research and development. In the past year, Laser Technologies has received many inquiries about laser equipment from educational institutions. This will also facilitate more research and development efforts on lasers.

In addition to the above issues, laser safety remains a major issue that requires a great deal of education.