The field of microscopy has undergone an enormous evolution since the earliest optical microscopes were developed in the 1600s. The optical microscope has been refined continuously since its introduction, resulting in today’s superb scientific instruments. However, the optical microscope is ultimately limited in the minimum size and nature of the features that it can resolve by manufacturability constraints and, ultimately, the physics of light itself.
New microscopy technologies have been developed to overcome these limitations, such as electron, scanning probe and focused ion beam microscopy. The field of microscopy continues to evolve rapidly as new requirements and imaging technologies are developed. While optical microscopes once accounted for the bulk of all microscopes sold around the world today, they are in the minority today.
While microscopes today are a multi-billion-dollar industry, their true importance lies in the activities they make possible, such as life sciences research, microelectronics and advanced-materials science. Microscopy is particularly important to the expanding field of nanotechnology.
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This report is an updated version of an earlier BCC study published in 2011. The goal of this study is to provide the reader with an understanding of recent developments in microscopy technologies and applications and their impact on the future size and structure of the market for various types of microscopes and microscope accessories. Specific study objectives include identifying segments of the microscopy market with the greatest commercial potential in the near- to mid-term (2013 to 2018), identifying and, where possible, quantifying the key demand drivers, projecting future demand for different types of microscopes, and evaluating the technical and other challenges that must be overcome for the market to realize its full potential.
The report is intended especially for manufacturers and vendors of microscopes and related accessories. Other readers who should find it particularly useful include entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists and other readers with a need to know where the microscopy market is headed over the next five years.
The report should also be of interest to end users such as nanotechnology companies whose technology road maps may make critical assumptions about the availability and performance of different materials characterization technologies, including microscopes. Other potential readers include members of technical and professional organizations such as ASM International and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.
SCOPE AND FORMAT
The report addresses the global market for microscopes and microscope accessories over the period from 2012 through 2018, including:
- Optical (light) microscopes.
- Electron microscopes.
- Scanning probe microscopes.
- Other types of microscope (e.g., focused ion beam, confocal).
- Microscope accessories.
The report includes the following major elements:
- Executive summary.
- Brief history of microscopy.
- Microscope technologies.
- Patent analysis.
- Major end uses and applications.
- Global market trends by type of instrument, end-user segment and geographical region.
- Technology trends, limits and challenges.
- Industry structure (e.g., firm size and financial performance, ownership, market shares).
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
The findings and conclusions of this report are based on information gathered from industry sources, including microscope manufacturers and users. Interview data were combined with information gathered through an extensive review of secondary sources, such as trade publications, trade associations, company literature and online databases, to produce the projections contained in this report.
The base year for analysis and projection is 2012. With 2012 as a baseline, market projections were developed for 2013 to 2018. These projections are based on a combination of a consensus among the primary contacts combined with our understanding of the key market drivers and their impact from a historical and an analytical perspective. The analytical methodologies used to generate the market estimates are described in detail in the section on Detailed Market Projections.
All dollar projections presented in this report are in 2012 constant U.S. dollars.
Andrew McWilliams, the author of this report, is a partner in the Boston-based international technology and marketing consulting firm, 43rd Parallel LLC. He is the author of the previous edition of this report as well as other BCC Research studies of microscopy-related technologies, such as MFG016F – Nondestructive Testing, IAS027B Microsensors – MEMS: Biosensors and Nanosensors, NAN041A – Nanopatterning, NAN031E – Nanotechnology: A Realistic Market Assessment, NAN036B – Nanotechnology for Photonics, NAN038A – Nanotechnology in Life Science Applications, IAS015A – Materials Characterization Instruments; AVM067B Metamaterials – Technologies and Global Markets; and AVM066C Superconductors: Technologies and Global Market.
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The information developed in this report is intended to be as reliable as possible at the time of publication and is of a professional nature. This information does not constitute managerial, legal or accounting advice;, nor should it serve as a corporate policy guide, laboratory manual or an endorsement of any product, as much of the information is speculative in nature. The author assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage that might result from reliance on the reported information or its use.