Microscopy: The Global Market
The global market for microscopes and accessories was worth $3.8 billion in 2012. Sales are projected to exceed $4.0 billion in 2013 and approach nearly $5.4 billion by 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% between 2013 and 2018.
- An overview of the global market for microscopes and accessories, with coverage of optical (light) microscopes, electron microscopes, scanning probe microscopes, and other types (e.g., focused ion beam, confocal).
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018.
- Definitions and a brief history of microscopy.
- Microscope technologies.
- Patent analysis.
- Discussion of trends by type of instrument, end-user segment, and geographical region
- Industry structure, including company size and financial performance, ownership, and market shares.
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the market.
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).
Andrew McWilliams spent more than 25 years as a consultant with Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearny focused on manufacturing before segueing into research analysis. He has been covering myriad technology categories for BCC Research for more than 15 years. McWilliams has a BA from Princeton University and an MA from Harvard University. He has worked in more than 40 countries and he resides in the greater Boston area.
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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 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.