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16 March 1989 Overview Of The Industry And Future Trends
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Proceedings Volume 1123, The Marketplace for Industrial Lasers; (1989)
Event: The Marketplace for Industrial Lasers, 1989, Chicago, IL, United States
I am going to open the meeting this morning by presenting an overview of the industry and future trends. As you know, I am not only editor of Industrial Laser Review, but I am also the co-editor of the Industrial Laser Annual Handbook, which is the only international publication annually updating the technology, the industry and the supplier base. Each year we put together a mailing to people who tell us they participate in the industrial segment. We send each a questionnaire asking them to fill out the details of their company and what they do. We also ask them to take the time to tell us what they see the trends are going to be. What do things look like for this year and the future. We sent out, for the 1989 edition, well over a thousand questionnaires. Believe it or not, gentlemen, there are more than a thousand companies in the world who are gaining their livelihood selling goods and services in the industrial laser seg-ment. Admittedly, two-thirds of those are in the job shop segment. Our computer databank at the present moment has 1200 company names on them. We have currently received approximately a 30% response to our questionnaires. Of that 30%, a large number of them, (approximately 60%), are job shops. We do not ask the job shops to predict trends for us. We ask the suppliers, the people producing the products, to talk about trends. When I show you the viewgraphs which you have copies of, you will notice that these are all trends which would have come from marketing people in the supplier industry.
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David A. Belforte "Overview Of The Industry And Future Trends", Proc. SPIE 1123, The Marketplace for Industrial Lasers, (16 March 1989);


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