Global Scanning Electron Microscopes Market Size, Share, Trends, COVID-19 Impact & Growth Analysis Report – Segmented by Type, Application, End-User & Region (North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and MEA) – Industry Forecast (2024 to 2029)

Updated On: January, 2024
ID: 12594
Pages: 190

Global Scanning Electron Microscopes Market Size (2023 to 2028)

The global scanning electron microscopes market is forecasted to be worth USD 7.44 billion by 2028 from USD 4.81 billion in 2023, registering a CAGR of 9.12% from 2023 to 2028.

A scanning electron microscope (SEM) is an electron microscope that uses a centered electron beam to scan the surface and obtain pictures. When electrons collide with atoms in a sample, they emit a range of signals that reveal the topography and composition of the sample. Advances in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) technologies improve quality control operations in research laboratories across various industries, including semiconductors, automobiles, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. A scanning electron microscope is a device used to examine the topographies of objects at extremely high magnifications. The SME image shows on the display unit's screen when the surface is two-dimensionally scanned using an electron probe microscope. When the electron probe's scan width is modified, the magnification of the also displayed changes well. Because the screen size remains constant, decreasing the scan width increases magnification while increasing it decreases magnification.

Impact of COVID-19 on the global scanning electron microscopes market:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), millions of people have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, there is a tremendous demand for vaccines to decrease disease rates. As a result, the outbreak of COVID-19 will impact Scanning Electron Microscope demand during the forecast period, resulting in higher research and development success. Furthermore, due to the increased prevalence of infectious diseases, the scanning electron microscopes market is expected to grow significantly in the future years.

Market Drivers:

Growing demand for nanotechnology-based research and increased funding are primarily accelerating the growth rate of the global scanning electron microscopes market.

The growth of the scanning electron microscopes market is also driven by increasing product applications in the semiconductor, electronics, and pharmaceutical industries over the forecast period. Throughout the forecast period, improvements in resolution power as the attachment of other devices, such as an energy x-ray dispersion spectrometer, are expected to drive market growth. The global market is expanding due to several factors, including the fact that it is one of the most important instruments for analyzing nanomaterials at the atomic size in many pharmaceutical businesses, medical devices, and a variety of other industries.

The rising frequency of numerous chronic diseases will increase the need for advanced research and development. As a result of the increased need for R&D and funding, infrastructure in healthcare and other industries is increasing. As a result, an expansion in the number of laboratories at academic institutes and industries such as semiconductors and material sciences, among others, will boost the scanning electron microscopes market.

Increased usage of SEM to research surface morphology and attributes such as topography, fractography, and chemical analysis, among other things, will generate significant market expansion. Advanced SEMs, on the other hand, have advantages such as faster analysis, smaller size, and more efficient outcomes with better resolution and 3D imaging. Growing development and increased use of thin wafers are expected to give more opportunities for this industry in the coming years.

Market Restraints:

The scanning electron microscope is a large-scale instrument with significant upfront investment. There is a risk of magnetic, vibrational, and electrical interference, which could hamper market expansion. Because advanced microscopes are so complex, a scarcity of experienced people is a severe challenge to their use and adoption.




Market Size Available

2022 to 2028

Base Year


Forecast Period

2023 to 2028

Segments Covered

By Type, Application, End-User & Region.

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, and Analyst Overview of Investment Opportunities.


This research report on the global scanning electron microscopes market has segmented and sub-segmented based on Type, Application, End-User & Region.

Scanning Electron Microscopes Market – By Type:

  • Benchtop/tabletop
  • Conventional

Due to advantages such as ease of use, improved accuracy, faster results, and a small laboratory footprint, the benchtop/tabletop scanning electron microscope market dominated with a revenue share in 2022. Benchtop/tabletop SEM is widely used in the life science and semiconductor industries for research and development, resulting in increased product demand in these disciplines. Furthermore, because tabletop SEMs are less expensive than conventional SEMs, demand for benchtop SEMs is expected to rise soon.

Scanning Electron Microscopes Market – By Application:

  • Material Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Life Science
  • Semiconductors
  • Other Applications

In 2020, the life science segment led the overall market, accounting for more than 25% of total sales. The segment's high market share may be attributed to the rising frequency of chronic diseases, which has led to higher R&D spending and demand for digital microscopes in the disciplines of life sciences and medicine.

Scanning Electron Microscopes Market – By End-User:

  • Industries
  • Research Institutes
  • Hospitals

The industries segment held the most significant proportion of the microscopy market in 2022. It's also the one that's expanding the fastest. The extensive use of light and electron microscopes in industries for identification and particle analysis, material characterization, process control, quality control, and failure analysis are significant factors driving market growth.

Scanning Electron Microscopes Market – By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

In 2021, the market for scanning electron microscopes in North America had the largest share in the global market. The presence of prominent players focused on product innovation and increased research and development spending contribute to a sizable regional market. Furthermore, the market benefits from the existence of many academic institutes and research and development centers, particularly in the United States.

Globally, Europe is expected to have the second-largest market share, and the scanning electron microscope market has a lot of potential. The growth of the scanning electron microscope market can be attributed to an increase in its use in research and development activities in these regions to enhance scientific investigations and contribute to the growth and progression of medical devices, science, and technology.

Another vital region that promotes the expansion of scanning electron microscopes is the Asia Pacific, with China, Japan, and India being primary contributors. The increase in government funds to strengthen the research and development sector and the growing need for thin wafers, particularly in the semiconductor industry, has benefited this market in the Asia Pacific region.

Key Market Participants:

Bruker Corp., Danish Micro Engineering (DME), Thermo Fisher Scientific, Hitachi High Technologies Corp., JEOL Ltd., Leica Microsystems, Nanoscience Instruments, Inc., Nikon Corp., Olympus Corp., Carl Zeiss are a few significant companies operating in the global scanning electron microscopes market profiled in this report.

Recent Market Developments:

  • Zeiss introduced three new generations of field emission scanning electron microscopes (FESEM) in November 2020, branded ZEISS GeminiSEM. ZEISS Gemini SEM 360, 460, and 560 are the models. The company's growth potential in the industry was expected to be accelerated with this launch.
  • Jeol Ltd. announced the launch of the JSM-IT700HR scanning electron microscope in August 2020. The company's growth potential will be bolstered by portfolio expansion and product innovation.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Nanoimaging Services (NIS), a Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) services provider, merged in November 2020.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much was the global scanning electron microscopes market worth in 2021?

The global scanning electron microscopes market size was valued at USD 4.04 billion in 2021.

Who are the notable players in the scanning electron microscopes market?

Companies playing a key role in the global scanning electron microscopes market are Bruker Corp., Danish Micro Engineering (DME), Thermo Fisher Scientific, Hitachi High Technologies Corp., JEOL Ltd., Leica Microsystems, Nanoscience Instruments, Inc., Nikon Corp., Olympus Corp. and Carl Zeiss.

Which region is anticipated to play the leading role in the global market in the coming future?

Between 2022 to 2027, the North American region is expected to account for the major share of the global market. At the same time, the Asia-Pacific region is estimated to register the fastest CAGR.

What is the CAGR of the scanning electron microscopes market in Europe by 2027?

The European scanning electron microscopes market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.28% from 2022 to 2027.

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