Over the years, the elemental analysis market has witnessed various technological advancements to meet the needs of biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies; food and beverage, chemical, and semiconductor industries; and environmental testing. These advancements have led to the development of Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry (ICP), Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). These technologies result in efficient quantitative and qualitative analysis of various organic and inorganic elements.
In 2015, the nondestructive technology segment is expected to account for the larger share of the global elemental analysis market, by technology; the inorganic elemental analysis segment is expected to account for the larger share of the elemental analysis market, by type; while the environment testing segment is expected to account for the largest share of elemental analysis market, by application.
In 2015, North America is expected to account for the largest share of the global elemental analysis market, followed by Europe, Asia, and the Rest of the World (RoW). In the coming years, the elemental analysis market is expected to witness the highest growth rate in the Asian region, with emphasis on India, China, and Japan. The high growth in India and China can be attributed to China's focus on innovative cancer treatments aided by ICP-AES, strategic expansions by players in China, use of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) in traditional Chinese medicines, increasing focus on soil testing and food security, and training programs to increase awareness of elemental analysis in India.
The global elemental analysis market witnesses high competitive intensity as there are several big and many small firms with similar product offerings. These companies adopt various strategies (agreements, partnerships, joint ventures, collaborations, geographic expansions, new product launches, and acquisitions) to increase their market shares and establish a strong foothold in the global market.