Market Profile: UV/Vis/NIR

Mar 01, 2008
By Spectroscopy Editors
Volume 23, Issue 3

Market Profile: UV/Vis/NIR

While the overall laboratory UV and Visible spectroscopy market was worth well over $700 million in 2007, the UV/Vis/NIR segment represented less than 10% of it. UV/Vis/NIR instruments utilize multiple detectors to cover a broader spectrum of analysis, and typically are among the highest-end systems in the UV-Vis market.

More basic and more common UV-Vis spectrophotometers typically make use of a photomultiplier (PMT) detector, which covers the UV and visible spectrum, as well as a portion of the very near infrared (NIR) spectrum up to about 1100 nm. In order to cover the complete NIR spectrum, UV/Vis/NIR systems typically combine a PbS (lead sulfide) detector with the PMT detector, expanding the range to cover the entire NIR spectrum up to 2500 nm, and often well into the mid-infrared, up to 3300 nm. Other, higher performance systems might utilize an InGaAs (indium gallium arsenide) detector instead, which is only capable of up to about 1800 nm, but provides better resolution and eliminates some of the gap in performance that can exist between PMT and PbS detection ranges. Some of the newer UV/Vis/NIR systems on the market actually combine all three, making for a more expensive but higher performance instrument.

Conventional UV/Vis/NIR instruments are utilized most heavily in applications related to semiconductor, electronics, fiber optics, and other materials used in photonics. Although there is some use in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, microplate readers generally handle such applications, which typically involve the analysis of liquids, rather than solids.

The worldwide market for UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometers was nearly $50 million in 2007, about two-thirds of which was related to initial systems. Average longer-term annual growth should be in the mid-single digits, although 2008 looks to be somewhat of a down year thanks to a likely downturn in the semiconductor and electronics industry.

The foregoing data were based on SDi's market analysis and perspectives report entitled Edition Global Assessment Report, 9th Edition: The Laboratory Life Science and Analytical Instrument Industry, September 2006 . For more information, contact Stuart Press, Senior Consultant, Strategic Directions International, Inc., 6242 Westchester Parkway, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90045, (310) 641-4982, fax: (310) 641-8851,

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