Global Profilometer Market - Snapshot

Profilometer is a device which is used for measuring the surface profile. In addition, it is used for quantifying the roughness of the surface. Vertical resolution of the surface, which is the resolution between the high point and low point is usually measured at the nanometer level by providing lateral resolutions through a profilometer. The profilometer is used for both static as well as dynamic topography. Currently, profilometer manufacturers are more focused on new product development and innovative profilometer technology, as consumers are preferring more advance products which provide more in-depth statistics and analysis of the surface’s profile in order to quantify the roughness.

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Higher usage of 3D non-contact profilometers is expected to drive the profilometer market during the forecast period. 3D profilometers have the capability to run multiple techniques on the same tester. Additionally, 3D profilometers differ from interferometry and touch probes and has the advanced ability to measure the high surface angles without any manipulation of the software; this is expected to drive the profilometer market over the forecast period. Rapid demand from electronic, semiconductor, and automotive fields are expected to fuel the global profilometer equipment market. Moreover, growing automotive, electronic, and semiconductor industry in developing and emerging regions such as Asia Pacific, followed by Europe, is expected to drive the profilometer market across the regions over the forecast period.

High investment cost of machinery for setting up production units is expected to have a negative impact on the profilometer market during the forecast period.  Cost of electricity, support electronic components, and maintenance of machines among others are the various costs entailed in the installation of profilometer technology. Thus, high investment cost is anticipated to be one of the key challenges for the market. Furthermore, inaccuracy in resolutions when the surface features are same as size of the stylus is expected to hamper the growth of the market.

Based on type, the profilometer market is classified into contact profilometer and non-contact profilometer. Non-contact profilometer is further sub segmented into time-resolved profilometer and fiber-based optical profilometer. Moreover, the non-contact profilometer segment is expected to create huge opportunity for the profilometer market during the forecast period. The contact profilometer segment is expected to maintain its market share over the forecast period. Contact profilometers are considered to be the most reliable measurements owing to the fact that they can directly touch the sample. Additionally, it provides clear wave profile and is also capable of measuring long distance measurements. All these factors are expected to drive the profilometer market during the forecast period.

Under the method segment, optical methods are expected to maintain their market share during the forecast period. Optical methods dominated the market due to their rising adoption in the semiconductor and automotive sector. In addition, optical profilometers provide good resolution, high speed, and more accuracy compared to contact and pseudo-contact profilometers. However, contact and pseudo contact methods dominated the market due to their low cost and wider acceptance. This is mainly because most of the world’s surface finish standards are written for the contact profilometer and is widely adopted in several industries.

Under the dimension segment, profilometers are segmented into 2D and 3D. 3D profilometers are widely adopted because they can cover a large image area and select the specific part that needs to be addressed. 3D technology is seeing more advancement and benefits as it can measure the texture and the roughness over large 2D areas without contacting the surface.

Under the application segment, the automotive industry is expected to accelerate the profilometer market during the forecast period. Additionally, growth in semiconductor and electronic sectors has also resulted in the rise in usage of such instruments in these industries.

The market in Asia Pacific is expected to have high growth prospects. India, China, and Japan are expected to drive the region during the forecast period. The region is witnessing strong research and development of profilometers due to rapid industrialization. Europe dominated the global profilometer market due to rising innovation and strong research and development in semiconductor industries. Rapid growth in technology and operational excellence in Europe has resulted in the adoption of profilometers in Europe. As compared to Europe, Middle East & Africa and South America are projected to show a lower growth rate during the forecast period 2018 – 2026.

The companies profiled in the global profilometer market report include KLA-Tencor Corporation, Mahr Federal Inc., Zygo Corporation, Solarius Development Inc., Mitutoyo America Corporation, Schaefer Technology GmbH, Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd, L. S. Starrett Company, Sensofar Group, Bruker Corporation, Jenoptik AG, Teräspyörä-Steelwheel Oy, Alicona Imaging GmbH, and AMETEK.Inc.

Global Profilometer Market: Overview

This report on the global profilometer market provides analysis for the period 2016–2026, wherein 2017 is the base year and the period from 2018 to 2026 is the forecast period. Data for 2016 has been included as historical information. The report covers market dynamics including drivers, restraints, opportunities, trends, policy and regulations, and technology advancement which are expected to influence the profilometer market growth during the said period. The study provides a comprehensive analysis on market growth throughout the above forecast period in terms of value estimates (US$ Mn) and volume shipments (Thousand units), across different geographies.

Global Profilometer Market: Trends and Opportunities

Surface profilometers are devices that help to measure the surface profile in order to quantify the roughness. Higher usage of 3D non-contact profilometer and demand from electronic, semiconductor, and automotive fields is set to fuel the global profilometer equipment market, resulting in the rise in demand for profilometers across regions. Increasing regulations and policies increase the product standard and quality. High investment cost of machinery for setting up production units is expected to hamper the global profilometer market. However, manufacturers of profilometers are active in product development and are innovating new advance profilometer technology which are expected to create huge opportunity for the profilometer market during the forecast period.

Global Profilometer Market: Key Segments

The profilometer market has been segmented on the basis of type, methods, dimension, end- use industry, and geography. Based on type, the market has been segmented into contact profilometer and non-contact profilometer. Non-contact profilometer is further segmented into time-resolved profilometer and fiber-based optical profilometer. By methods, the profilometer market is classified into optical methods, and contact or pseudo contact methods. In terms of optical methods, the profilometer market is further divided into interferometry based methods, focus detection methods, and pattern projection methods. Pseudo contact methods is sub categorized into stylus profilometer, atomic force microscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy. Based on dimension, the profilometer market is segmented into 2D and 3D. Semiconductor industry, mechanical types, automotive industry, and others (textiles/leather/paper medical etc.) are applications of profilometers.

Geographically, the report classifies the industry into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and South America; the regions are analyzed in terms of value and volume shipments. Furthermore, region wise prominent countries covered in the report include the U.S, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, China, India, Japan, GCC, South Africa, Brazil, and Argentina. 

Global Profilometer Market: Scope of the Study

The report also includes key developments in the profilometer market. Porter’s Five Force analysis which identifies bargaining power of suppliers, bargaining power of buyers, threat from new entrants, threat from substitutes, and threat from competition in the profilometer market is also included in the report. Value chain analysis which shows work flow in the profilometer market and identifies raw material supplier services providers and distribution channels is also covered in the report. Segment trends and regional trends have also been added in the report. It also covers segment wise incremental opportunity analysis. Furthermore, the report also covers competition matrix of key players in the scope of study.

Incremental opportunity analysis identifies and compares attractiveness of segments on the basis of CAGR and market share index across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. The same has also been provided for each segment i.e. by type, by methods, by dimension, and by application.

Global Profilometer Market: Competitive Landscape

The report also includes competition landscape which includes competition matrix, market share analysis of major players in the global profilometer market based on their 2016 revenues, and profiles of major players. Competition matrix benchmarks leading players on the basis of their capabilities and potential to grow. Factors including market position, offerings, and R&D focus are attributed to a company’s capabilities. Factors including top line growth, market share, segment growth, infrastructure facilities, and future outlook are attributed to a company’s potential to grow. This section also identifies and includes various recent developments carried out by the leading players of the profilometer market.

Company profiling includes company overview, major business strategies adopted, and key developments. The companies profiled in the report include KLA-Tencor Corporation, Mahr Federal Inc., Zygo Corporation, Solarius Development Inc., Mitutoyo America Corporation, Schaefer Technology GmbH, Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd, L. S. Starrett Company, Sensofar Group, Bruker Corporation, Jenoptik AG, Teräspyörä-Steelwheel Oy, Alicona Imaging GmbH, and AMETEKInc.

The global profilometer market is segmented as below:

Global Profilometer Market, by Type

  • Contact Profilometer
  • Non-Contact Profilometer
    • Time-resolved Profilometer
    • Fiber-based optical Profilometer

Global Profilometer Market, by Methods

  • Optical Methods
    • Interferometry based methods
    • Focus detection methods
    • Pattern projection methods
  • Contact or Pseudo Contact Methods
    • Stylus profilometer
    • Atomic force microscopy
    • Scanning tunneling microscopy

Global Profilometer Market, by Dimension

  • 2D
  • 3D

Global Profilometer Market, by Application 

  • Semiconductor Industry
  • Mechanical Types
  • Automotive Industry
  • Others

Global Profilometer Market, by Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)
    • India
    • China
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Mexico
    • Rest of South America