According to a new technical market research report, Microscopy: The Global Market (Report code: IAS017E) from BCC Research (http://www.bccresearch.com), the global market for microscopes and accessories is projected to exceed $4 billion in 2013. BCC Research expects the market to reach nearly $5.4 billion by 2018, and register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6%.
Microscopes utilize light and/or a variety of other physical processes, such as an electron beam, to form an image of the specimen by direct imaging, electronic processing or a combination of the two. The optical microscope has been refined continuously since its introduction in the 1600s, resulting in today’s superb scientific instruments. However, due to manufacturing constraints, as well as the physics of light itself, the optical microscope is ultimately limited with respect to the minimum size and features. The field of microscopy continues to evolve rapidly as new requirements and imaging technologies are developed. While optical microscopes once accounted for the bulk of all microscopes sold around the world, they are now in minority. New microscopy technologies such as electron, scanning probe and focused ion beam microscopy have been developed to overcome these limitations.
Today, microscopes are a multi-billion-dollar industry, but their true importance lies in the activities they make possible, such as life sciences research, microelectronics, and advanced-materials science. Microscopy is particularly important to the expanding field of nanotechnology. The market for microscopy technologies is driven by their application within these industries.
This report from BCC Research examines recent developments in microscopy technologies and applications and their impact on the future size and structure of the market for various types of microscopes and microscope accessories, including optical (light) microscopes, electron microscopes, scanning probe microscopes, other types of microscope (e.g., focused ion beam, confocal), and microscope accessories.
Specifically, the report looks at the segments of the microscopy market with the greatest commercial potential in the near- to mid-term (2013 to 2018). It identifies and, where possible, quantifies the key demand drivers, projects future demand for different types of microscopes, and evaluates the technical limitations and other challenges that prevent the market from realizing its full potential.
The report is intended especially for manufacturers and vendors of microscopes and related accessories. Entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists and other readers with a need to know where the microscopy market is headed over the next five years will also find this study of value. The analysis presented in this report should also be of interest to end users such as nanotechnology companies, whose technology road maps may make critical assumptions about the availability and performance of different materials characterization technologies, including microscopes. Other potential readers may include members of technical and professional organizations such as ASM International and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.