Scientific & Technical Instruments Manufacturing Industry Profile

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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), Oxford Instruments (UK), and JEOL and Shimadzu (Japan).

The global market for scientific instruments is forecast to grow 6% per year through 2024, according to Technavio. Governments of emerging markets including China, Brazil, India, and Taiwan are investing in scientific instruments to increase R&D activity in university, government, and corporate laboratories.

The US scientific and technical instruments manufacturing industry includes about 680 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.


Major products of scientific and technical instruments manufacturers include chromatographic instruments, mass spectrometers, pH meters, and thermal analysis systems. Companies in this industry may also produce software used for data collection and analysis, as well as ...

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