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Scanning Electron Microscope Market Size By Type (Tabletop/Benchtop, Conventional), By End-use (Academics, Life Science, Material Sciences, Semiconductor Research), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI4019
  • Published Date: Jan 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry trends

Scanning Electron Microscope Market size exceeded USD 2.5 billion in 2020 and is poised to grow at over 6.8% CAGR between 2021 and 2027.

Scanning Electron Microscope Market

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Technological developments in scanning electron microscope (SEM) will considerably drive the market demand. Recent development in scanning electron microscope, especially in benchtop SEM has enhanced the quality control procedures, stimulating the industry growth potential.

Growing prevalence of various chronic disorders will impel the demand for advanced research and development activities. Thus, with rising demand for R&D and funding, the infrastructure in various healthcare and other industries is improving. As a result, increasing number of laboratories in academic institutes and industries such as semiconductors and material sciences among others, will drive the scanning electron microscope market demand. Considerable market growth will also be driven by increasing use of SEM to study surface morphology and properties regarding topography, fractography and chemical analysis, among others.

Increasing research and development activities in life science coupled with growing healthcare expenditure

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported millions of people affected by COVID-19 pandemic. This has stimulated the huge demand for vaccine to control the infection rate. Thus, outbreak of COVID-19 will also influence SEM demand during projection period for better research and development success. Thus, with rising prevalence of infectious diseases, scanning electron microscope market will witness substantial adoption over the coming years. However, high cost of the equipment may impede the market growth.

Preference for low cost and high efficiency products will foster demand for benchtop scanning electron microscope

Scanning Electron Microscope Market

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Benchtop/tabletop scanning electron microscope market dominated a revenue share of over 65% in 2020 attributed to its advantage such as ease-of-use, greater accuracy, faster outcomes, and small footprint in the laboratories.

Benchtop/tabletop SEM is majorly adopted for the research and development activities in life science and semiconductor industry, ultimately driving the product demand in these fields. Furthermore, with greater preference over conventional SEMs owing to lower cost, the demand for benchtop SEM will increase in near future.

Rising use of material sciences in various areas of science and engineering

Material sciences segment revenue was around USD 500 million in 2020. Scanning electron microscope is the most versatile instrument used for material science research. SEM is widely used for quality control, research, and failure analysis in material science industry. For high-end research into nano fibres, nano tubes, high temperature super conductors, alloy strength and mesoporous architectures research, scanning electron microscopes are largely adopted.

Presence of sophisticated infrastructure will create demand for scanning electron microscope in North America

North America Scanning Electron Microscope Market

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North America scanning electron microscope market value was more than USD 1 billion in 2020. Presence of leading players that are focusing on product innovation, and rising expenditure on research and development activities contributes to significant regional market size. Additionally, presence of large number of academic institutes and research & development facilities, especially in the U.S., creates significant opportunity for the market.

The U.S. has crossed more than 6 million COVID-19 cases in the region, thereby driving the need for vaccine to reduce the mortality rate. Thus, such research and development activities to develop novel biologics with the help of advanced technologies will drive the North American industry growth.

Prominent industry players are extensively focusing on product innovation and strategic collaborations

Some of the leading players operating in the scanning electron microscope market include Carl Zeiss, Thermo Fischer Scientific (FEI), Hitachi High-Technologies, and JEOL Ltd. These companies are adopting various inorganic growth strategies to obtain competitive advantage and strengthen their market position.

Some of the recent industry developments:

  • In November 2020, Zeiss presented three new generations of field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) family, ZEISS GeminiSEM. The products are ZEISS GeminiSEM 360, 460 and 560. The new launch will stimulate the growth potential of the company in the industry.
  • In August 2020, Jeol Ltd. announced the launch of new scanning electron microscope, JSM-IT700HR. The portfolio expansion with product innovation will strengthen growth potential of the company.

The scanning electron microscope market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2016 to 2021 for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • Benchtop/tabletop
  • Conventional

Market, By End-use

  • Academics
  • Life Sciences
  • Material Sciences
  • Semiconductor Research
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia


Authors: Rupali Swain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size for scanning electron microscope surpassed USD 2.5 billion in 2020 and will grow at more than 6.8% CAGR through 2027 with technological developments to enhance the quality control procedures.

Tabletop/ benchtop scanning electron microscopes witnessed a revenue share of over 65% of the global market in 2020 owing to greater accuracy, small footprint, faster outcomes, and ease-of-use.

Material sciences segment revenue stood at around USD 500 million in 2020 and will exhibit growth to boost research, quality control and failure analysis.

North America market value was pegged at over USD 1 billion in 2020 and could expand owing to an upsurge in R&D activities and presence of advanced infrastructure.

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