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In recent years, the application of fiber laser cutting machines has been very extensive, and the demand for fiber laser cutting machines in various industries has continued to grow, which has also promoted the market's demand for more excellent cutting equipment. At present, the development and expansion of various industries, the increasingly fierce market competition, the introduction of new competitive products, a series of factors have led to the continuous increase in the application scenarios and usage of fiber laser cutting machines, which has also driven the economic growth of the entire market.
In the past, fiber laser cutting machines only acted on flat plates or standard tubular metals, but now laser technology has involved beveling technology, and many domestic companies have begun research and development and have achieved significant results. Although the current bevel cutting equipment is more expensive, the bevel processing in the traditional cutting, cutting, and hole-opening processes can be formed at one time, effectively improving production efficiency, and it can also be firm and perfect in product quality and accuracy. Various special-shaped parts can also be processed flexibly, which plays a particularly critical role in promoting technological innovation in the industry.
Judging from the current development trend, in the next 5 years, fiber lasers will still be one of the mainstream light sources, and their functionality and unique advantages occupy a large position in the market. According to the data of the Laser Processing Committee, in 2020, from the perspective of the laser cutting market, the output value increased by 15% compared with 2019, and the installed capacity of equipment increased by 40%; below 10,000 watts, domestic light sources occupy the mainstream; domestic light sources 12kW power laser cutting machine , 1500 units have been installed. At present, the domestic laser cutting process, supporting components, software and hardware are all being further optimized, the cutting efficiency has been significantly improved, and the 40kW domestic light source has been sold. In the future, with the help of new infrastructure including construction machinery applications, Dongfeng will continue to drive laser cutting equipment represented by fiber laser cutting machines to usher in a new round of growth.
Another market for laser processing is the 10,000-watt high-power laser processing market. The market size of this part in 2020 is approximately US$2.1 billion, and it will show a steady upward trend in the next five years. Among kilowatt applications, metal cutting applications currently account for 70%; the other two types of applications are metal welding and additive manufacturing. Although some insiders predict that the metal welding market is expected to surpass the cutting market in the future, in the next 5 years, in terms of sales revenue, the fastest growth is still metal cutting applications. It is estimated that by 2022, 10,000-watt fiber lasers will be used in metal cutting applications. Will receive 2.5 billion US dollars in revenue.
It is true that high-power fiber lasers play a dominant position in the field of macro processing. Laser cutting currently occupies a large market. With the development of fiber lasers, laser cutting equipment has become a standard product. Starting in 2019, the cost performance of 10,000-watt fiber lasers has begun to break through the dominance of plasma and flame processing in the field of thick plates and other metal processing, opening up the accelerated replacement of traditional contact, low-precision metal processing methods. In the past two years, in the field of metal cutting, fiber lasers have continued to develop towards higher power, gradually replacing traditional cutting solutions in terms of cutting thickness and speed, as well as environmental protection and safety.
Undoubtedly, the fiber laser cutting machine industry is undergoing a new round of transformation and upgrading. In the future, if the industry is to gain more development momentum, it needs to continue to climb new peaks. For example, to expand the functional versatility of the equipment, modular design and multi-module combination design can be adopted to realize new equipment suitable for different materials and processes. In addition, equipped with a higher level of intelligence, automation, digital technology, as well as original crafts and solutions, fiber laser cutting equipment is used in new infrastructure, rail transit, shipbuilding, aerospace, automobile manufacturing, engineering machinery, medical equipment, kitchen Sanitation hardware, lighting industry, sheet metal processing and many other fields will usher in more uses, and continue to make efforts to achieve industry upgrades and high-end substitution; to ensure high-quality, high-precision, high-efficiency and high-flexibility processing and manufacturing convoy.
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