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Optical Microscopes Market - Snapshot

A microscope is an instrument used to see objects that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Microscopy is the science of investigating small objects and structures using such an instrument. An optical microscope is a device that uses one lens or a series of lenses to magnify images of small samples with visible light. The lenses are placed between the sample and the viewer’s eye to magnify the image so that it can be examined in greater detail. Optical microscopes are used in many research areas including microbiology, microelectronics, nanophysics, biotechnology, laboratories in educational institutes, and pharmaceutical research. They are also used to view biological samples for medical diagnosis. The global optical microscope market is expected to expand at a significant rate driven by increase in demand from innovation science. The optical microscope market was valued at about US$ 1.6 Bn in 2016 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period.          

Factors such as increase in R&D expenditure, advancements in nanotechnology, development in the field of optical microscopy, and development in software technology are expected to drive demand for optical microscopes during the forecast period. Discovery of blood cells in the human body opened the doors for advanced studies in cell biology. Discovery of genes involved in human development through microscopes is a clear demonstration of their importance in the life sciences. These developments are anticipated to propel demand for optical microscopes. Limitations of optical microscopy in the field of research as compared to electron microscopes and small scale manufactures offering low-cost products are the main restraints for the optical microscopes market.

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Key players in the optical microscopes market are increasingly focusing on software-based differentiation to remain competitive. Technologically advanced products and end- user specific product development are the strategies adopted by key players in the optical microscopes market.

Major players in the optical microscopes market are engaged in collaborations and innovative product development as their key strategies to maintain long term relationships and diversify product offerings. For instance, in 2015, Nikon Corporation entered into a collaboration with Lonza, a developer and manufacturer of cells for regenerative medicine therapeutics, in the field of cell and gene therapy manufacturing in Japan. This collaboration will give Nikon access to Lonza’s quality and operating systems, facility design, and ongoing consulting services to facilitate Nikon to develop its own cell and gene therapy contract manufacturing business. Considering the demand from the life sciences industry, Olympus has launched the IXplore microscope range to cater to modern laboratory life sciences and medical application needs. This product comes with automated imaging technology for accurate and efficient experiments and the IXplore Live feature for precise live cell imaging. Flinn Scientific Inc. launched Flinn Advanced Compound Microscopes that deliver high-quality optics, which are considered the best for advanced biological science courses and include easy-to-use software.

Dutch spectacle makers Zacharias Jansen and his father Hans are known to be the inventors of the optical microscope. He developed the first optical microscope in the 16th century, which consisted of three draw tubes with lenses inserted into the ends of the flanking tubes. Earlier, use of microscopes in the field of science was limited. However, developments in microscopy techniques such as phase contrast microscopy and fluorescence microscopy have led to the wide scale usage of optical microscopes. The digital era started around 1950 and gave rise to digital microscopy. Nowadays, most of the technologies used in optical microscopy are digital based. Advancement in optical microscopy have made optical microscopes a valuable tool in the semiconductor, health care and research, and many other industries. 

In terms of region, North America and Asia Pacific are the key regions of the optical microscopes market. North America and Europe hold prominent share of the global optical microscope market. Asia Pacific was a rapidly expanding region of the optical microscope market in 2016. This is due to strong research and development activities in Japan, China, South Korea, and India. Pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies is a focus segment in Asia, owing to high presence of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in China and India. Japan is a key country of the market in Asia Pacific due to high R&D expenditure in the country.

Key players operating in the optical microscope market include Carl Zeiss AG, Leica Microsystems, Meiji Techno, Nikon Instruments Inc., Olympus Corporation, Labomed, Inc., Oxford Instruments Asylum Research, Inc., Bruker, and CAMECA. Carl Zeiss AG, Nikon Instruments Inc., and Olympus Corporation constitute a major share of the market.

Optical Microscopes Market – Overview

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for optical microscopes at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on revenue (US$ Mn) from 2016 to 2025. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global optical microscopes market. It also covers impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for optical microscopes during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the optical microscopes market at the global level.

The report comprises a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global optical microscopes market. The Porter’s Five Forces model for the optical microscopes market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein end-users are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global optical microscopes market by segmenting it in terms of product and end-user. The segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and projected demand for optical microscopes in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers the demand for individual product and end-user segments in all the regions. Key players operating in the optical microscopes market include Carl Zeiss AG, Leica Microsystems, Meiji Techno, Nikon Instruments Inc., Olympus Corporation, Labomed, Inc., Oxford Instruments Asylum Research, Inc., Bruker, and CAMECA. Carl Zeiss AG, Leica Microsystems, Nikon Instruments Inc., and Olympus Corporation constitute a major share of the market.

The report provides the estimated market size of the optical microscopes market for 2016 and forecast for the next nine years. The global market size of optical microscopes has been provided in terms of revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on product types and end-user industries of optical microscopes. Market size and forecast for each product type and end-use industry have been provided in terms of the global and regional market.

In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a number of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players operating in various end-use industries, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.

Key Takeaways

  • An extensive analysis of the optical microscopes market trends and shares from 2016 to 2025 to identify the market opportunities and analyze industry development
  • A list of key developments in the optical microscopes market made by key players
  • A list of key factors responsible for building the upcoming opportunistic roadmap for the optical microscopes market at a global, regional, and country level
  • Comprehensive analysis with respect to investments and price trends that impact the outlook of the global optical microscopes market between 2016 and 2025
  • The report provides insights into market opportunities for various stakeholders in the value chain and a detailed competition landscape for key players dominating the industry to understand competition level
  • Porters’ Five Forces highlight the potency of buyers and suppliers and enable stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions. They analyze the strengths and weaknesses to gain strategic position in the market.


  • Digital Microscopes
  • Stereo Microscope
  • Inverted Microscopes
  • Accessories
  • Software
  • Others


  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • Academic & Research Institutes
  • Diagnostics Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies
  • Others


  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Israel
    • South Africa
    • GCC
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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