The microscopes market has been witnessing considerable demand due to rise in funding in emerging applications such as nanotechnology. A major driver for this market includes research and development in the field of nanotechnology in order to commercialize it, since nanotechnology has a variety of niche applications. Additionally, microscopes are used in semiconductors, life sciences and material sciences. Drivers for the market include research and development for advanced microscopes used in life sciences and the growing semiconductor market in the Asian and Latin American regions.
Electron and Scanning probe microscopes offer resolutions up to 0.1 nm, which is required by the precision manufacturing industry. Scanning probe microscope applications can also extend to liquid and gas environment as it is not dependent on wavelength of light for magnification and can view insulators and conductors specimen. However, these have complex instrumentation and require special preparatory techniques. The key challenge that manufacturers face is specimens viewed under these microscopes get structurally altered or are destroyed. Private researchers find it difficult to purchase and operate these microscopes due to high costs.
Microscopes can be classified as optical, electron, scanning probe and others. Optical microscopes have the highest market share due to wide application areas such as research and development in life sciences and semiconductors. High resolution electron microscopes are used in failure analysis; they are further classified as transmission and scanning electron microscopes. The scanning electron microscope is used to obtain high resolution from high quality magnified images. Industries including microelectronics, aerospace, automotive and medical device manufacturers use these microscopes to monitor production processes to increase output and quality and reduce costs.
North America is the current market leader in terms of revenue due to high usage in non-commercial establishments (universities and research laboratories). However, the Asia Pacific region is expected to supersede North America in future. The market has low inter-segment competition and is oligopolistic in nature. Industry participants include Carl Zeiss, JEOL ltd, Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, Leica Microsystems, Nikon Corporation, Olympus Corporation, etc.
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