Microscopy: The Global Market
The global market for microscopes and accessories was worth about $3.1 billion in 2010. Sales are projected to exceed $3.2 billion in 2011 and $4.1 billion in 2016, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% for 2011 to 2016.
The report addresses the global market for microscopes and microscope accessories over the period from 2010 through 2016, 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).
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 − MEMS: Biosensors and Nanosensors, NAN041A − Nanopatterning, NAN031D − Nanotechnology: A Realistic Market Assessment, NAN036A − Nanotechnology for Photonics, NAN038A − Nanotechnology in Life Science Applications, and IAS015A − Materials Characterization Instruments.
- The global market for microscopes and accessories was worth about $2.4 billion in 2008. In the midst of a global economic decline, sales are projected to fall to $2.1 billion in 2009, but are expected to rise to $3.6 billion in 2014, for a compound annual growth rate of 11.5%.
- The microscopes segment makes up the bulk of the market, with sales of $2 billion in 2008. Sales are projected to fall in 2009 to $1.7 billion, but rebound by 2014 to $3.1 billion, for a CAGR of 12.4%.
- Accessories and supplies make up the remainder of the market with sales in 2008 of $360 million, increasing slightly in 2009 to about $374 million, and reaching $513 million in 2014, for a CAGR of 6.5%.
The global market for microscopes and accessories was worth about $2.1 billion in 2006. Sales are projected to exceed $2.3 billion in 2007 and approach $3.6 billion in 2012, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1% between 2007 and 2012.
The fastest-growing segments of the market are scanning probe microscopes, with a CAGR of 19.4% between 2007 and 2012, and charged particle microscopes with a CAGR from 2007 to 2012 of 9.0%. Optical microscopes are projected to have the lowest growth rate of any major market segment (5.6%).
As a result, charged particle microscopes, which have the largest market share of any product segment, are projected to increase their market share further, from 52% in 2006 to 52.1% in 2012. Optical microscopes are projected to lose market share, from 26.2% in 2006 to 21.9% in 2012.
The global market for microscopes and accessories is estimated to be $1.65 billion in 2004 and is expected to reach $2.77 billion in 2009, at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 11.0%.
The fastest-growing segment of the market is that for scanning probe microscopes, at an AAGR of 20%.
Charged particle microscopes represent the largest segment, and are expected to rise at an AAGR of 13.0% to $1.3 billion in 2009.
Life science is the dominant end-user market while nanotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing are the fastest-growing with AAGRs of 20% and 14%, respectively.