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The global microscopy devices market is growing significantly due to increasing research and innovation in the field of life sciences and nanotechnology. Massive unexplored market in microscopy industry of developing economies and introduction of niche applications area such as quantum dots, and miniature transistor chips are creating ample opportunities for the microscopy devices market to grow at a considerable rate in the coming years.
Microscopes have facilitated researches to conduct exhaustive academic and exploratory research, in order to deliver potential innovations in the field of lifesciences, such as clinical/ pathology and cell biology. Nanotechnology and other accuracy manufacturing industries, such as medical devices and semiconductors manufacturing, increases the acceptance rate of the advanced microscopes, which further supports the growth of microscopy devices market considerably. Moreover, increasing number of semiconductor manufacturing establishments is also supporting the growth of the microscopy devices market.
On the basis of type of devices, the global microscopy devices market is categorized as optical microscope, electron microscopes, and scanning probe microscopes. The optical microscope is further categorized as stereomicroscope, inverted microscope, near-field scanning microscope, fluorescence microscopes, confocal scanning microscope, phase contrast microscope and others. The electron microscope is further categorized as scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope. The scanning probe microscope includes atomic force microscope, and scanning tunneling microscope. Based on type of devices, the optical microscopes leads the microscopy devices market, as it is the oldest type of microscope and it is used mostly by researchers in the public, and private research laboratories and academic institutes. Optical microscopes dominate the market due to its ease to use with minimal sample preparations and it is cost effective.
The microscopy devices market can be categorized on the basis of applications, as nanotechnology, semiconductor industry, material sciences, life sciences, and others. Lifescience industry dominates the global microscopy devices market; whereas, nanotechnology is the fastest growing application category of microscopy devices.
Some of the factors driving the growth of global microscopy devices market are increasing application of microscope in the field of life sciences such as toxicology, nanoscience, and pharmacology, rapid growing contract research organization in developing countries, and government funding for nanotechnology. However, complexities in sample preparation and instrumentation, and high price of advanced microscopes are some of the factors restraining the growth of the microscopy devices market to some extent.
Geographically, North America will be the leading global electron microscope and scanning probe microscopes market due to technologically advancement and increased research and development in nanotechnology and lifesciences in the region. In addition, the supporting infrastructure and affordability for electron microscope supports the growth of electron microscope in North America. Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region in the global microscopy devices market in the coming years. The major reasons for the fastest growth of the market in the region are growing government initiatives and investment in the research and development. Moreover, the microscopy devices market is growing due to presence of various schools, universities and research institutions, which would translate to greater growth in the coming years, in the emerging countries such as India and China of Asia-Pacific region.
Some of the companies operating in the microscopy devices market are FEI Company, Carl Zeiss AG, Bruker Corporation, Danish Micro Engineering A/S, Cameca SAS, Leica Microsystems, NT-MDT Company, JEOL Ltd., Hitachi High Technologies Corporation, Nikon Corporation, and Olympus Corporation.