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Scanning Electron Microscope Market worth over $4bn by 2027

  • Published Date: January 27, 2021

Scanning Electron Microscope Market size is set to surpass USD 4 billion by 2027, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc.

Increasing research and development activities in pharmaceuticals and research institutes will significantly drive the demand for scanning electron microscopes (SEM) in the coming years. According to the National Science Foundation, in 2017, nearly half of federal funding for applied research has supported research in life sciences. Additionally, growing focus of biopharmaceutical companies on development of novel products will increase the adoption of advanced devices during research studies. For instance, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America invested nearly USD 1 trillion in development of new treatment with around USD 83 billion in 2019. The U.S. firms conduct more than 50% of global R&D in pharmaceuticals. Scanning electron microscopes play a vital role in discovery and identification of properties of novel materials. With such rising investment and funding on R&D, the demand for scanning electron microscopes will witness robust growth in the future.


Along with high product acceptance, technological advancements in scanning electron microscopes will influence the market growth. Use of electron beam in place of conventional light beam, revealing the high resolution of 3D sample images has enhanced the researcher’s efficiency in material studies and product development. Further advancements include scanning columns for electron spectrometers with integrated testers, lithographs for semiconductor technology and miniaturized instruments. Expanding applications of SEM in study of morphology, topography and composition of various materials and biological samples further stimulates the market expansion. Therefore, continued technological developments in SEM offering advanced solutions to researchers will augment the market revenue during the forecast timeframe.

Advantage of tabletop models under low vacuum environment in analysis of non-conductive samples will impel the product adoption

Tabletop/benchtop segment is projected to showcase 6.9% growth rate till 2027 owing to advantages associated with tabletop models in comparison with conventional SEM. For instance, low vacuum tabletop SEM offers complete elimination of sputter coating and improves ability in analysis of water-containing samples. It has wide application areas across materials, biotechnology and electronics industry, allowing ease in observation and analysis of even non-conductive samples. Moreover, less space consumption and enhanced morphological studies will foster the segment growth with increasing product usage in the coming years.

Browse key industry insights spread across 120 pages with 117 market data tables & 11 figures & charts from the report, Scanning Electron Microscope Market Size By Type (Tabletop/Benchtop, Conventional), By End-use (Academics, Life Sciences, Material Sciences, Semiconductor Research), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 - 2027” in detail along with the table of contents:

Development of specific SEM technologies for semiconductor research will propel the market value

Semiconductor research end-use segment size was more than USD 590 million in 2020. Growing importance of scanning electron microcopy in research of semiconductor material and devices will significantly fuel the product demand. The application of specific SEM techniques to reveal optical and electrical properties of microregion is crucial part of semiconductor characterization. In addition, rising semiconductor industry in countries such as China, South Korea, and the U.S. among others further stimulates the industrial research and positively impacts demand for SEM.

Growing R&D expenditure coupled with expanding research facilities will spur the growth for European region

Europe scanning electron microscope market held for over 22.2% of revenue share in 2020 on account of the increasing life sciences and semiconductors research in the region. Acceptance of advanced technologies and integration of developed equipment in research offers tremendous growth opportunities to market. Furthermore, rising R&D expenditure by government as well as non-government organizations boosts product usage. In UK, the government R&D spending accounted for over USD 3,000 million. Thus, with focus of leading industry players on technological advancements through emphasis on research activities coupled with favorable funding, the region will experience high revenue growth in the forecast timeframe.

Prominent players are focusing on adoption of various growth strategies including portfolio expansion to strengthen their market position

Some of the notable companies involved in the market are Hitachi High-Tech, JEOL Ltd., Carl Zeiss and FEI among other players. These market leaders have undertaken various strategies such as new product development, collaborations and mergers to expand their market footprint.

Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain