The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdowns it triggered is visible in various industries, including the microscopy market. The overall growth of various sectors has been heavily impacted, specifically in countries with a high incidence rate of COVID-19, such as India, China, the US, and several European countries (Russia, Italy, and Spain, among others).
While industries such as oil and petroleum, aeronautics, and mining are experiencing a steep fall in revenues, the healthcare, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries are optimizing this situation to serve a maximum number of patients and healthcare professionals. The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted business and economic activities globally. However, it is expected to have a positive impact on the microscopy market for the healthcare industry.
Technological advancements in microscopy include digitization, live-cell imaging, super-resolution, and high-throughput methods. These advancements serve to reduce product and test costs.
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Digital imaging offers enhanced image resolution with greater precision, leading to fewer distorted images and allowing for better viewing of samples. The development of whole-slide scanning systems is a major factor that has accelerated the adoption of digital microscopy. These systems offer deep visualization of specimens with 2D and 3D images used in R&D, forensics, quality control, as well as failure analysis.
According to the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), science and engineering are among the top industries in terms of occupational shortage of skilled labor. Similarly, in 2017, there was a deficit of about 40% of laboratory technicians in primary health centers (PHCs) and community health centers (CHCs) in India (Source: Health Ministry of India).
The introduction of novel image acquisition software for microscopes is the recent trend in the microscopy market. Increasing research in life sciences and other application areas have resulted in the generation of a large amount of data, mainly due to advances in image quality.
Key Market Players
The major companies in the microscopy market include Carl Zeiss (Germany), Danaher Corporation (US), Thermo Fisher Scientific (US), Nikon (Japan), Bruker Corporation (US), Olympus (Japan), Oxford Instruments (UK), JEOL (Japan), and Hitachi High-Technologies (Japan), among others.