Electrox, the laser marking systems provider, says its order book has risen to near £2m, its highest level since 2007, prior to the economic crisis. The main drivers have been an ever increasing global requirement for the marking, identification and traceability of components in most industrial markets, including medical, giftware and engineering.
Contributing to the order book has been a significant order from a white goods manufacturer in Turkey. This sector, which has not traditionally used laser marking, is embracing the benefits of permanently marking control panels and further growth is anticipated as more sectors switch from traditional marking techniques, such as stamping, pin and dot-peen marking, to laser marking.
Electrox has also seen a rising trend towards replacing, rather than repairing, laser machines and this has been particularly prevalent in North America. Electrox's general manager, Paul Mincher, said the trend was being driven by the significant reduction in the capital cost of laser machines over the past 10 years, many of which have reduced in price by almost 70 per cent.
Mincher added: 'Lasers are now routinely used in the manufacturing process for a diverse range of products, components and materials and, as a result, we are seeing an increase in orders coming from all markets, worldwide.'