The growing interest in research and development has lead to various innovations and product evolutions. Microscopes have been a requirement for any study as they provide details that cannot be simply assumed on the large scale. They form an intricate part of any exploratory research and have since the past made them indistinguishable from science. With the future heading towards smaller sizes of microprocessors and transistors to the scale of nanometers, microscopes shall be a requirement in all principles.
Sections not involving scientific research are also proving to be a good market, e.g. art verification, customs check, etc. These at present, however only occupy the fraction of the overall application market. Microscopes have become more detailed and versatile in the past few years, with the integration of microscopy and software development, computers are able to render better quality images with the same data. In medical sciences, the implementations of HD and 3D technology has taken surgery to a whole new level, wherein doctors are able to clearly visualize and differentiate between infected cells and normal cells, besides enabling them to perform operations without direct visibility. All this has enabled the overall microscopy devices segment to grow a CAGR of 7.6% for the forecast period of 2014 - 2020.
The microscopy devices market is broadly classified on the basis of product segments and application areas. Among the product segments, optical microscopes remain the most widely used segment with the largest share in the net sales across various companies, the global sales in 2013 being USD 2,235.1 million. This is probably because it is among the oldest segments of microscopy in sales. Besides optical microscopes, there are electron microscopes, scanning probe microscopes and other customized hybrids, arranged in decreasing order of their shares in global microscopes revenues. Among various applications of microscopy devices, life sciences industry was accounted for the largest market share of overall market in 2013, closely followed by semiconductors and material sciences segment. However, nanotechnology industry is forecast to grow at an impressive pace during the forecast period of 2014 to 2020.
Geographically, Asia-Pacific was accounted for the largest share of global microscopy devices market in 2013 i.e. 40.9% followed by North America. This can be attributed to the growing investment in research and development in these regions by the respective governments of Asia. China for example, is at present the world’s second largest investor in research and development according to the World Bank data. This along with presence of numerous schools, universities and research institutions would translate to greater growth in the coming years for the Asia-Pacific region. The market for Asia-Pacific region is followed by the North American region.
The major players of this market include Leica Microsystems, Olympus, JEOL Company, FEI Company, Danish Micro Engineering A/S, Hitachi High Tech, Cameca SAS, Bruker Corporation, Carl Zeiss, NT-MDT and Nikon to name a few.
Microscopes have been around for almost millennia. The Dutch were the pioneers in these scopes as such devices required the use of optical lens, which was their specialty. Today microscopes have evolved and diversified for various purposes besides the general academic and exploratory research. Fresh interests in new areas like nanotechnology and atomic scale semiconductor arrangement has created requirements for microscopes employing mediums much more penetrative than light itself, i.e. electron, X-ray, etc. This has enabled us to venture further in the range of nanoscales, greatly boosting the innovations in various respects of exploratory research. As of today the fastest growing market for these advanced microscopes is the industrial segment, this is attributed mainly to the industries of microprocessor and integrated circuit manufacture. Besides this, the medical fields have always had the requirement for optical microscopes, schools and academies have introduced microscopes to teenage students at elementary level. Such has been the proliferation of microscopes that microscopes are now available in creative designs and colors to attract young enthusiasts. However, even with the proliferation of microscopes in nearly every principle of research and testing microscope sales have been affected by the recent economic downturns of Europe (and possibly Middle East in the small scale). This report estimates the global market for microscopy devices in terms of revenue (USD million) for the period 2012 – 2020, keeping 2013 as the base year.
This research report provides a detailed analysis of the global microscopy devices market and helps in understanding the various driving factors for the growth of the market. The executive summary provides detailed insights about the report and microscopy devices market in general. It also provides a market snapshot, which in ways a glimpse into the present scenario of the microscopy market. The market overview section of this report analyzes the market dynamics and trends such as drivers, restraints and opportunities that influence the current nature and future status of this market. Market drivers are factors that currently assist market growth, whereas restraints are factors that hinder proper market growth. Opportunities are factors that may prove beneficial in the future Impact factors such as market attractiveness analysis and Porter’s five forces analysis have been explained in the market overview section of the report in order to deliver a thorough analysis of the overall competitive scenario of the global microscopy devices market.
The microscopy devices market is segmented into three major types namely market by products, market by applications, and market by geography. The market is segmented based on products into optical microscopes, electron microscopes, scanning probe microscopes and others. Optical microscopes are further segmented into inverted microscopes, stereomicroscopes, phase contrast microscopes, fluorescence microscope, confocal scanning microscopes, near field scanning microscopes and other optical microscopes. Electron microscopes on the other hand are classified based on principle used; these are transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope. Scanning probe microscopes are categorized as scanning tunneling microscopes and atomic force microscope.
The global microscopy devices market is segmented by application areas into semiconductors, life sciences, materials sciences, nanotechnology and others. The global market for microscopy devices is segmented on the basis of geography into North America, Europe, Asia and rest of the world (RoW) regions and the market is valued in terms of USD million for the period 2012 - 2020.
This is followed by the market recommendations for the Microscopy devices market, these include factors that may play a critical role in enhancing or boosting the market in the near future, as well as the steps that need to be taken to ensure success for manufacturers in the near future.
The report also includes the market shares of key players in 2013.The company profiles for some of the key players are included in the report in terms of company overview, financial overview, business strategies, recent developments and product portfolio. Some of the companies included in the report are Carl Zeiss AG, FEI Company, Hitachi High Technologies Corporation, JEOL Ltd, Leica Microsystems, Nikon Corporation, Olympus Corporation and Danish Micro Engineering.