According to the new market research report, "Laboratory Centrifuges Market by Product (Equipment(Microcentrifuge, Ultracentrifuge), Accessories(Tube, Plate)), Model(Benchtop), Rotor Design(Swinging-bucket), Intended Use(Clinical), Application(Diagnostics), End User(Hospitals) - Global Forecast to 2026", is projected to reach USD 2.2 billion by 2026 from USD 1.8 billion in 2021, at a CAGR of 4.0% from 2021 to 2026.
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Global Industry Growth Boosting Factors:
The growth of this market is driven by increasing R&D investments and research grants; rising technological advancements and innovative rotor designs; increasing prevalence of infectious diseases leading to a higher volume of sample testing & cell-based research in laboratory centrifuges; and widening applications of laboratory centrifuges.
The study involved four major activities to estimate the current size of the laboratory centrifuges market. Exhaustive secondary research was done to collect information on the market and its different subsegments. The next step was to validate these findings, assumptions, and sizing with industry experts across the value chain through primary research. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches were employed to estimate the complete market size. Thereafter, market breakdown and data triangulation procedures were used to estimate the market size of the segments and subsegments.
DRIVERS: Rising technological advancements and innovative rotor designs
Innovation in laboratory centrifuges focuses on enhancing convenience, speed, compactness, safety, efficiency, and accuracy. Rotors used in centrifuges were earlier made of tensile steel and then replaced with aluminum and titanium alloys. Carbon fiber rotors, in addition, are much lighter than their counterparts—these rotors weigh 8 kg, as opposed to earlier 21-kg aluminum rotors. Carbon fiber increases the flexibility of the rotor and makes them resistant to chemical corrosion and structural fatigue. For instance, the FIBERLite Fixed-Angle Rotor by Beckman Coulter (acquired by Danaher) and Thermo Scientific Fiberlite rotors are made of carbon fiber.
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RESTRAINTS: High equipment costs
Centrifuges are expensive instruments and require significant expenditure post-purchase for regular—and crucial—maintenance. The high cost of these instruments can be attributed to their complex design, rotors, and microprocessors. In this market, ultracentrifuges are among the most expensive equipment. Their rotors alone can cost upwards of USD 5,000 to 7,000, and benchtop rotors and floor standing rotors can cost around USD 30,000 to 55,000.
Moreover, various accessories such as tubes for high-speed centrifuges are very expensive, and small scratches or cracks can render them unusable and need replacement. The high price of these centrifuges may hinder the growth of this market.
OPPORTUNITY: Integration of automation and advanced features in laboratory centrifuges
The integration of automation and robotics into laboratory centrifuges is expected to create more opportunities in the future. There is a considerable amount of research for the development of autonomous/robotic centrifuges. Some companies offer advanced centrifuges that can serve during hostile and challenging pandemic situations or handling hazardous biological samples. These centrifuges can be essential equipment into a biological or life sciences lab for research purposes and clinical labs for mass scale processing of the biohazardous sample for a massive scale diagnosis.
CHALLENGES: Exposure to hazardous aerosols and lab-acquired infections
The centrifugation of hazardous samples may result in exposure to chemical, biological, or radioactive agents. This can adversely affect the health of personnel or operators, increase the risk of injury and cross-infection among staff, and cause damage to the equipment. It is important to ensure that the samples used for centrifugation are balanced properly. An unbalanced sample may cause tubes to break or spill out during centrifugation and release harmful aerosols into the environment.
According to the University of Tennessee (2017), approximately 80% of cases in which lab personnel contracted a disease were attributed to the production of harmful aerosols in laboratories. This factor may emerge as a major challenge for the laboratory centrifuges market in the coming years.
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