The laser cleaning market is expected to grow at the Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.72 %. It was valued at US$596.216 million in 2019 and is expected to reach a market size of US$880.043 million in 2026. Due to the unique feature of laser cleaners of accuracy, it is preferred more over the traditional cleaning methods.
Laser cleaning is a technology of cleaning a surface by sending nanosecond-length pulses of laser. When the tool emits the laser light on the contaminants on the surface, they either free the particles from the surface by exerting pressure or due to the absorption they turn the contaminants into gas. It physically removes the contaminants such as rust, rubber, carbon, and silicon off the surface. The innovations in laser technology make it more durable and less time-consuming. The laser cleaning tools also keep the surfaces unaffected. There are specifically two types of laser cleaning tools; they are – solid lasers and gas lasers. They are used in the cleaning process of aircraft, automotive parts, aerospace, and other delicate surfaces. The laser cleaners are also useful for the restoration and conservation process.
Increasing Use of Laser Cleaning in the Industrial Sector Is Expected to Drive the Market
Laser cleaning can be performed over delicate surfaces without harming the surface. At the same time, it can also clean the parts of huge machines which are difficult to clean by the bare hand or by traditional cleaning methods. Moreover, the traditional cleanings methods can sometimes harm the machines in the industries which may make the machines and equipment dysfunctional; this can be a great economical loss for the industry. Thus, to avoid this, the industrial sector majorly prefers advanced cleaning technologies such as laser cleaning over traditional ones. The laser cleanings are less time-consuming. This feature is essential for the high productivity of any industrial sector. The laser cleaners also maintain the prolonged life of a surface area which smoothens the machine’s operations in the industry. The industrial inclination towards laser cleaning has increased demand for laser cleaning which is estimated to be the prime reason for the growth of the laser cleaning market during the forecast period.
In the case of aerospace as well the laser cleaning is increasingly carried out. Aerospace being a sensitive field each surface is to be necessarily cleaned without letting the surface be affected. Thus, advanced technologies are preferred for cleaning purposes. Laser cleaning is the more advanced ones, is therefore preferred for cleaning in aerospace. The use of laser cleaning is expected to increase in aerospace in the upcoming years which eventually rise the laser cleaning market rapidly.
Increase in Demand for Laser Cleaning Technology in Automotive
Likewise, the use of laser cleaning is also made in the automotive sector. Besides the vacuum cleaning method, people also started using laser cleaners to clean their cars or other vehicles. As the laser cleaners selectively turn the dust from the surface, it is more reliable for cleaning purposes. Thus, the use of laser cleaners is expected to prominently be carried out in cleaning the automotive as well. This will raise the demand for laser cleaning technology by car holders in recent times. Additionally, due to the laser cleaning property of restoration and conservation, its demand is also increased from the paint, craft, art, and heritage industry. Hence, this sector is also attributed to the growth of the laser cleaning market during the forecast period.
The laser cleaning market based on components, fragmented into services, hardware, and software. Wherein hardware and software are projected to hold significant market share in this category during the forecast period. There are various applications of laser cleaning such as mold cleaning, dust removing, art and heritage restoration, paint removal, and many more. Among which cleaning application is estimated to grow at a steady pace due to their widespread use in the automotive and aerospace industry.
Few Restraining Factors for the Growth of the Laser Cleaning Market
Laser cleaning is an advanced cleaning technology. Thus, not every industry or consumer has an entire knowledge regarding its use. Many industrialists are even unaware of it and so lack the technical skills to use it. This is one of the factors hampering its market growth. Alongside, vacuum cleaner, which was an advanced technology a few years back, now has been used comfortably by a major part of the population. Therefore, resistance in its replacement with the laser cleaner is one of the obstacles in reaching the laser cleaners. Moreover, laser cleaners being an advanced technology cost high when compared with other cleaning technologies. Therefore, not all sectors afford the use of laser cleaning technology. Only a few large-scale industries, aerospace, and automotive industry sectors can afford it. It is estimated to take time to reach for household use, which cuts down many consumers. These factors are projected to slow down the market growth or can act as obstacles in the laser cleaning market growth.
North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Laser Cleaning Market
The technology and innovation sector are comparatively developed in North American countries like the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico. Laser cleaning technology is known to be one of the advanced innovations in the field of technology. The North American countries owing to their early adoption of advanced technologies are expected to adopt the usage of laser cleaning technology as well. Moreover, due to the prominent laser cleaning market players, the Laser cleaning market in North America is expected to attribute to the significant market share. These market players include Coherent (California), IPG Photonics (Massachusetts, United States), Laserax (Canada), and many more.
The COVID-19 Impact on the Laser Cleaning Market
After the outbreak of COVID-19, many countries had to face lockdown nearly for a year. Due to the ban on travel, and the shutdown of businesses, the economy of many industries got affected severely. The production of laser cleaning industries was also affected due to the same factor for over a year. Thus Covid-19 had impacted the laser cleaning market negatively. However, due to the increasing demand for laser cleaning owing to its unique properties over the traditional cleaning methods, the market is estimated to come back and grow during the forecast period.
Recent Developments in the Laser Cleaning Market
In May 2021, Dyson announced the launch of its new product, Dyson V15 Detect. Dyson is a leading household appliances manufacturer which offers vacuum cleaners with laser cleaning technology. The new Dyson V15 Detect used laser recognition technology to detect the dust particles with the coordination of its soft head cleaners. It ensures the cleaning of dust which is not usually visible to the naked eyes