Cutting applications were the largest source of industrial laser activity in the second quarter of 2001, accounting for almost 45% of all shipments. In addition, 50% of all industrial lasers shipped for the year were CO2 lasers, and more than 80% of total shipments were laser systems made up of a laser source and workstation.
CO2 laser shipments decreased 18% from the second quarter of 2000. Shipments for Nd:YAG lasers decreased 6% compared to the same time last year.
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