Global Focused Ion Beam Market: Snapshot
One of the leading factors promoting the growth of the global focused ion beam market currently, is the growing rate of application of ion beam systems in the wide field of sample preparation. The market is also being driven by the increasing demand for lithography using ion beams. Another driver for the global focused ion beam market is its growing scope of use in equipment used for failure analysis. However, the market is currently being restricted by the expensive nature of ion beam systems, which deters several smaller enterprises from acquiring them.
The global focused ion beam market was valued at US$300.0 mn in 2015. Its revenue is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.8% and likely to reach US$528.0 mn by the end of 2024.
Europea and North America R&D Efforts Strengthened with Growing FIB Usage
The global focused ion beam market has been broadly segmented into key geographic regions of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, The Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Europe was the leading market for focused ion beam systems usage in 2015, a factor primarily attributed to the high rate of penetration of focused ion beams in the semiconductor industry. Europe also holds a high scope of use for ion beam systems in its high concentration of research organizations, where these instruments hold use in several research and development efforts, such as the development of dual beam focused ion beam systems and the use of focused ion beams with scanning electron microscope. These advancements have allowed the proliferation of the global focused ion beam market in biological science and material science.
North America has also had a high demand for ion beam systems due to the great utility of focused ion beam microscopes in material sciences. The commercial availability of focused ion beam microscopes recently has led to an eruption of research and development projects in the North American studies of material sciences. Focused ion beams are also useful in micromachining and imaging capabilities at the nanometer and micrometer scales. In 2015, over 90% of the revenue generated in the North America focused ion beam market originated from the U.S. and Canada collectively.
LMIS and Gallium Continue Leading Use as Ion Sources in Global Focused Ion Beam Market
By ion sources, the global focused ion beam market can be segmented into gallium, gold, iridium and then a collective segment of unique ion sources, including gas field ionization and liquid metal alloy ions. By revenue, gallium was highly common as an ion source, followed by iridium, in 2015. A lot of focused ion beam systems today are coming equipped with liquid metal ion sources (LMIS) coupled with gallium ions. This technology is widely appealing due to its long source lifespan, enhanced stability, lower melting point than other sources, and a high mass ions suitable for rapid machining.
By applications, the global focused ion beam market is segmented into sample preparation, nanofabrication, and a collective group of minority applications such as biological sciences. In 2015, sample preparation accounted for the leading share in the global focused ion beam market, followed nanofabrication. Within sample preparation, focused ion beam systems are largely used for gate oxide layer verification in CMOS transistors and the preparation of semiconductor samples for investigations in transmission electron microscopes.
As of 2015, the leaders in the global focused ion beam market included Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (Japan), JEOL Ltd (Japan), FEI (U.S.), TESCAN (Czech Republic), Evans Analytical Group (U.S.), Raith GmbH (Germany), Carl Zeiss AG (Germany), and Fibics Incorporated (Canada).
Global Focused Ion Beam Market: Overview
The factors which are primarily driving the growth of global Focused ion beam market are increasing application of focused ion beam systems in sample preparation and nanofabrication. Focused ion beam finds a key application in sample preparation as it involves (TEM) transmission electron microscopy on an ultra-thin specimen which is transparent to electrons. Focused ion beam systems are also commonly used in the semiconductor and manufacturing industries as failure analysis equipment. This equipment is used in order to detect the primary cause of failure and prevent its reoccurrence. In addition, increase in demand for ion lithography is playing a significant role in the growth of the global focused ion beam market. The conjoint effect of all these drivers is therefore set to bolster the growth of the global focused ion beam market during the forecast period from 2016-2024.
Focused ion beam systems have been used extensively for more than two decades, most significantly in sample preparation and nanofabrication. Focused ion beam set up is a scientific instrument which resembles a scanning electron microscope or SEM. FIB systems coupled with SEM are used commonly to prepare samples for transmission electron microscope or TEM. Application of Focused ion beams in nano machining is expected to boost the growth of the global Focused ion beam market in the coming years. Focused ion beam etching equipment has shown high potential for a wide range of innovative applications in the field nanotechnology including imaging and precision micromachining. Furthermore, rapid advances in ion sources are expected to offer new growth opportunities for Focused ion beam systems. At present, several alternative ion sources are being developed for FIB microscopes which offer a large range of available ion currents, beam sizes and energies. However, high price of focused ion beam systems is restricting the wide adoption of the equipment, especially in small and medium-scale industries. Furthermore, lack of penetration in non-semiconductor industries and lack of funding in non-industrial research institutes have negatively impacted the growth of FIB systems market.
Global Focused Ion Beam Market: Scope of the Study
The focused ion beam market on the basis of ion beam source has been segmented into gallium, gold, iridium and others. Moreover the focused ion beam market by application has been segmented into sample preparation, nanofabrication and others. Geographically the focused ion beam market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (ROW). The market report offers the forecast of the market in terms of revenue (USD million) along with a broad study of the market.
Market dynamics include market drivers, restraints and opportunities and an exhaustive analysis of these factors are included in the report. Market dynamics are the distinct factors which influence the growth of the market and thus help to analyze the current trends in the global market. Therefore, the report provides a comprehensive study of the global Focused ion beam market and also offers the forecast of the market for the period from 2016-2024.
Global Focused Ion Beam Market: Competition Assessment
The competitive profiling of the key players in the global focused ion beam market have been exhaustively covered under the scope of the report. Furthermore, the different business strategies which have been adopted by the leading players in the global market have been included in this report. In order to provide a detailed insight into the market dynamics of global focused ion beam market, the drivers and restraints affecting the industry are included in the study. Furthermore, market attractiveness analysis has also been provided in the report.
Some of the major players in the focused ion beam market are Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (Japan), FEI (The U.S.), JEOL Ltd (Japan), Evans Analytical Group (The U.S.), TESCAN (Czech Republic), Carl Zeiss AG (Germany), Raith GmbH (Germany) and Fibics Incorporated (Canada) among others.
The global Focused ion beam market has been segmented into:
Focused Ion Beam Market, by Ion Sources
Focused Ion Beam Market, by Applications
- Sample Preparation
Focused Ion Beam Market, by Geography: The market is broadly segmented on the basis of geography into:
- North America
- The U.S.
- United Kingdom
- The Netherland
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World
- Middle East
- South America