Scientific & Technical Instruments Manufacturing
Companies in this industry manufacture instruments that are used primarily for laboratory analysis of chemical or physical properties. Major companies include Mettler-Toledo International, PerkinElmer, and Thermo Fisher Scientific (all based in the US), along with Eppendorf (Germany), JEOL and Shimadzu (Japan), and Oxford Instruments (the UK).
The global market for scientific instruments is forecast to grow 3% per year through 2024, according to Technavio. Emerging markets, specifically in the China and India are expected to have the highest growth as demand in the automotive industry continue to grow in these countries.
The US scientific and technical instruments manufacturing industry includes about 700 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $15 billion.
Demand is driven by spending on laboratory analysis services, scientific research, and other end-user markets. The profitability of individual companies depends on controlling manufacturing costs and maintaining continuous, rapid product innovation cycles. Large companies enjoy economies of scale in sourcing material components and product distribution. Small companies can compete by specializing in instruments for niche markets or by developing a reputation for high-quality products. The US industry is highly concentrated: the largest 50 companies account for about 80% of revenue.
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Major products of scientific and technical instruments manufacturers include analytical and scientific instruments, which account for about 70% of the
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