Diffractive Optical Elements Market

Market Study on Diffractive Optical Elements: Industry Proliferating on Back of High Demand for Optical Elements for Laser Material Processing

Diffractive Optical Elements Market Segmented By Beam Shaper, Beam Splitter, Homogenizer Type in Laser Material Processing, Biomedical Devices, LIDAR, Lithographic and Holographic Lighting, Optical Sensors, Communication

Diffractive Optical Elements Market Outlook (2021 – 2031)

The global diffractive optical elements market size is expected to increase from US$ 614.8 Mn in 2020 to over US$ 1.2 Bn by 2031, expanding at a CAGR of 6.4%.

Diffractive Optical Elements Size (2020)

US$ 614.8 Mn

Projected Market Value (2031)

US$ 1.2 Bn

Global Market Growth Rate (2021-2031)

6.4% CAGR

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Currently, sales of diffractive optical elements account for around 65% share of the global optical elements market.

The global market for Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) is expected to experience significant growth over the coming years owing to growing adoption of optical components such as diffractive beam shapers, diffractive beam splitters, homogenizers, beam diffusers, line generators in various industry applications.

Rising adoption of DOEs in applications such as homogenizers, biomedical devices, optical sensors, and laser material processing is expected to demand growth of diffractive optical elements.

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  • Broadcom Inc.
  • Laserglow Technologies
  • Jenoptik AG
  • LightTrans GmbH
  • HOLOEYE Photonics AG
  • Laser Optical Engineering Ltd
  • SILIOS Technologies
  • Sintec Optronics Pte Ltd

Consumption Analysis of Diffractive Optical Elements from 2016-2020 Vs Market Outlook for 2021-2031

The global market for diffractive optical elements expanded at the rate of 5.5% over 2016-2020. Sales of diffractive optical elements has grown owing to growing demand from the healthcare industry.

Diffractive optical elements are a standard component in laser material processing, high power lasers, and spatial light modulators, due to their efficiency and versatility of use in multiple applications and high power threshold. These elements are mostly used in the micro-optic business. DOEs are mainly designed and developed for a wide range of applications with high power lasers.

Persistence Market Research identifies Europe, followed by North America, as leading markets for DOE providers. Expansion in Europe is supported by growth in the number of entry-level diffractive optical element manufacturing companies.

Overall, the global DOE market is slated to expand at a CAGR of 6.4% through 2031.

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Growing Demand for DOEs from Healthcare Industry

Diffractive optical element usage in the healthcare industry has observed increased demand for high-power medical lasers over the past decade. These elements shape and split laser beams in an energy-efficient manner. They can be implemented in a wide range of applications - medical laser treatments, laser material processing, and diagnostic instruments.

Moreover, research on biomedical applications of diffractive optical elements has increased substantially, and now, with high healthcare expenditures across the globe, many government-funded initiatives are also expected to boost the use of DOEs.

Multilevel diffractive optical elements are necessary for achieving high-efficiency performance. Diffractive optical elements help in the development of a wide variety of functions with minimal loss of light, thereby driving market growth.


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Country-wise Insights

Why are Diffractive Optical Element Suppliers Looking at the U.S.?

Currently, the U.S. DOE market accounts for a large share in the global market besides the North American region, and is expected to expand at 7.6% CAGR during 2021-2031.

The U.S. witnesses significant market growth owing to technological advancements in the healthcare sector and the presence of large manufacturing units of diffractive optical elements products.

As per National Health Expenditure data, Medicare spending in the U.S. grew 3.5% to US$ 829.5 Bn in 2020, or 20 percent of total NHE. Thus increasing investments in the healthcare sector in the country are ultimately driving demand for diffractive optical elements.

Why is Germany Slated to Be a Prominent Market for DOE Services?

The Germany DOE market is anticipated to be prominent in Europe, and the market size is expected expand 1.5X during 2021-2031. The market in Germany is expected to expand at a high CAGR about nearly 4.7% during 2021-2031.

Germany has developed infrastructure for healthcare, telecommunication, and electronics. The country has major as well as emerging diffractive optical element manufacturing vendors, including HOLOEYE Photonics AG, LightTrans International GmbH, SÜSS MICROTEC SE, and Jenoptik AG. Thus, presence of such reputed DOE manufacturing companies is expected to fuel market expansion in the country.

What’s Driving the U.K. Diffractive Optical Elements Market the Fastest in Europe?

The U.K. DOE market is set to register 2X growth by 2031. Adoption of diffractive optical elements has increased in the U.K. owing to rising research spending and presence of major manufacturers in the country.

As per the government, the U.K. spends around 10% of its GDP on healthcare. Thus, large spending in the healthcare sector and increasing growth in the number of entry-level companies and university spin-offs for the diffractive optical elements business are expected to drive DOE demand growth over the coming years.

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Category-wise Insights

Why is Demand for Beam Splitters Rising Rapidly?

By type, beam splitter sensors will dominate the diffractive optical elements sector, and the segment is set to expand at a CAGR around 4.6 through 2031. However, the beam shapers segment is set to witness a higher CAGR of 9.1% during 2021-2031.

Beam splitters are majorly used in DOEs to split a single collimated laser beam into several beams with the same optical characteristics as the original beam. Beam splitters transmit the part of the light incident light and reflect the rest of the light in an unequal ratio.

There is a surge in the adoption of beam splitters in various optical measurement and experimental systems such as interferometers and spectrometers, and also in several fibre optic telecommunication applications.

Will Biomedical Device Application Drive Higher Profits for DOE Manufacturers?

DOE application in biomedical devices will be a dominating segment and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of around 6.1 % from 2021 to 2031. This is due to improving efficiency and technological advancements in diffractive optical element products. However, the optical sensors segment is expected to grow at highest CAGR of 8.9% during 2021-2031.

Growing innovations in fractional laser aesthetic treatments is boosting demand for diffractive optic elements. The DOE optics approach has several advantages, such as these elements have no angular tolerance, which ensures the absolute accuracy of the spots relative positions, and also has excellent spot uniformity, while also allowing adding other shaping functions to the diffractive beam splitter, such as homogenization of the spots, all on a single surface.

COVID-19 Crisis Impact

The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 in the first quarter of 2020 completely shook the world and bought it to a near standstill. Globally, manufacturing and supply chains were affected and multiple markets saw a major drop in sales.

Disruptions in the supply chain created a gap between manufacturers and distributors, and hampered the supply of diffractive optical elements. As the pandemic subsides and the world returns to normalcy, research on diffractive optical elements is expected to pick up pace and boost demand from multiple industry verticals where DOEs are used extensively.

Competitive landscape

Key diffractive optical element service providers are inclined at investing heavily in innovation, research, and development practices to uncover increased applications. With the use of technology, players are also focusing on ensuring safety, quality, and customer satisfaction for captivating an increased customer base.

  • In November 2018, Broadcom Inc. acquired CA Technologies. This acquisition helped the company enhance its customer base in North America. It also helped offer upgraded product offerings such as Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs), Refractive Optical Elements (DOEs), and semiconductor products.
  • In June 2021, Jenoptik announced the expansion of its optics manufacturing capacities by building a new office complex at its Dresden, Germany.

Diffractive Optical Elements Industry Report Scope



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Market analysis

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Key regions covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia Pacific
  • The Middle East & Africa

Key countries covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • GCC Countries
  • Turkey
  • Northern Africa
  • South Africa

Key market segments covered

  • Type
  • Application
  • Industry
  • Region

Key companies profiled

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  • Market Forecasts
  • Company Share Analysis
  • Competition Intelligence
  • DROT Analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Diffractive Optical Elements Industry Survey by Category

Diffractive Optical Elements Market by Type:

  • Beam Shapers
    • Low Power Beam Shaper
    • High Power Beam Shaper
  • Beam Splitters
  • Homogenizers (Beam Diffusers)

Diffractive Optical Elements Market by Application:

  • Laser Material Processing
    • Laser Marking
    • Laser Welding
    • Laser Cutting
  • Biomedical Devices
  • LiDAR
  • Lithographic and Holographic Lighting
  • Optical Sensors
  • Communication
  • Others

Diffractive Optical Elements Market by Industry:

  • DOEs for Telecommunication
  • DOEs for Healthcare
  • DOEs for Electronics and Semiconductors
  • DOEs for Energy
  • Others

Diffractive Optical Elements Market by Region:

  • North America Diffractive Optical Elements Market
  • Latin America Diffractive Optical Elements Market
  • Europe Diffractive Optical Elements Market
  • East Asia Diffractive Optical Elements Market
  • South Asia & Pacific Diffractive Optical Elements Market
  • Middle East & Africa Diffractive Optical Elements Market

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- FAQs -

The global diffractive optical elements market was valued at US$ 614.8 Mn in 2020.

Growth in the number of entry-level companies and improving efficiency of DOE products are driving the global market.

From 2016 to 2020, demand for diffractive optical elements increased at a CAGR of 5.5%.

Sales of diffractive optical element services are projected to increase at 6.4% CAGR and be valued at over US$ 1.2 Bn by 2031.

Key market trends include emergence of additive optics fabrication called printoptical technology and adoption of micro-optic in decisive applications.

Broadcom Inc., Jenoptik AG, SÜSS MICROTEC SE, NIL Technology, and HOLOEYE Photonics AG are the top 5 diffractive optical element service providers, accounting for around 30% market share.

The U.K. and Germany together held almost 50% of the total Europe market share in 2020.

The U.K., U.S., Italy, China, and Japan are major demand countries for diffractive optical elements.

Total absolute opportunity for Japan will be US$ 45.5 Mn, whereas, by 2031, South Korea market value will top US$ 6.6 Mn.


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