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The World Market for Electron Microscopes

The World Market for Electron Microscopes
Category: Instrumentation & Material Production Published: Jul 2011 Pages: 57 View Contents
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The world market for electron microscopes is forecast to exceed US$4.3 billion in annual sales by 2017, due to increased demand for sophisticated, high-resolution, precision imagery across a range of existing and new markets.

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The largest company in electron microscopy by market share is Hitachi High-Technologies. Hitachi dominates the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) market. Main demand areas for SEMs are semiconductors and its related materials, liquid crystals, steel, metal, automobile, machinery, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, electronic parts, and raw materials besides basic research purposes. The ration of demand from universities and public research institution and from the private sector is estimated at 2:8; SEMs are mainly used by the private sector.

FEI is the market leader in TEM. Areas of demand for TEMs include semiconductors, liquid crystals, chemistry (silicone and polymers), data storage, memories, medicine and bioscience. The market has expanded with the "nanotechnology boom" when it was marketed as a device for basic research purposes to public research institutions. The ratio of demand from universities and public research institutions and that from private sector is estimated at a 6:4 split, as TEMs are most often used for basic research purposes.

The world market for electron microscopes is forecast to exceed US$4.3 billion in annual sales by 2017