Mass Spectrometry Market - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Mass Spectrometry Market is segmented by Technology (Hybrid Mass Spectrometry (Triple Quadrupole (Tandem), Quadrupole TOF (Q-TOF), FTMS (Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry), Single Mass Spectrometry (ION Trap, Quadrupole, Time-of-Flight (TOF)) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry), Application (Pharmaceuticals Industry, Biotechnology Industry, Chemical Industry, and Other Applications) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


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Market Overview

The mass spectrometry market registered a market size of USD 4,975 million in 2020 and expected to grow USD 7,780 million by 2026 with a CAGR of nearly 7.4% during the forecast period. Certain factors that are driving the market growth include the increasing technological advancement, growing concerns over food safety, and rising R&D expenditure by the pharmaceutical industry and government research organizations.

It is one of the powerful tools used for the analyses of chemical and biological entities. In addition, high demand from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries due to COVID-19 are driving factors for the mass spectrometry market. In 2020, in India, researchers at the Delhi-based Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have been able to detect novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 95% sensitivity and 100% specificity with respect to RT-PCR using a mass spectrometer.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in 2018, in Germany, approximately 3.13% of GDP was spent on research and development which was increased from 3.07% of GDP in 2017 and 2.94% of GDP in 2016, respectively. Increasing investment on research and development activities is expected to increase demand for mass spectrometer in the drug development, proteomics and pharmaceuticals and drives the market growth.

Furthermore, advancements in mass spectroscopy technology were able to increase the factors like rapid test results with high resolution. The discovery of new tools has the potential to stimulate the usage of mass spectroscopy across drug development, pharmaceuticals, food safety testing, proteomics and other fields.

The demands of the life sciences applications have led to the improvement of mass spectrometry technologies. The mass spectrometry such as MALDI-ToF used as a clinical diagnostic platform utilising a highly advanced method of protein pattern recognition to diagnose diseases. Hence, with the increasing technological advancement, the market is expected to grow over the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of this report, mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical chemistry technique used to identify the amount and type of chemical species present in a sample, by measuring the mass-to-charge ratio and abundance of gas-phase ions. The Mass Spectrometry Market is segmented by Technology (Hybrid Mass Spectrometry (Triple Quadrupole (Tandem), Quadrupole TOF (Q-TOF), FTMS (Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry), Single Mass Spectrometry (ION Trap, Quadrupole, Time-of-Flight (TOF)) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry), Application (Pharmaceuticals Industry, Biotechnology Industry, Chemical Industry, and Other Applications) and Geography.

By Technology
Hybrid Mass Spectrometry
Triple Quadrupole (Tandem)
Quadrupole TOF (Q-TOF)
FTMS (Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry)
Single Mass Spectrometry
ION Trap
Time-of-Flight (TOF)
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
By Application
Pharmaceuticals Industry
Biotechnology Industry
Chemical Industry
Other Applications
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Triple Quadrupole (Tandem) is Expected to Hold Significant Market Share in the Type of Hybrid Mass Spectrometry

Currently the tandem mass spectrometry devices are among the most in-demand. Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)-based approaches are considered reagent-free. The high sensitivity and specificity of mass spectrometry can overcome many limitations associated with immunoassays such as cross-reactivity and non-specific antibody binding.

There is a higher demand for triple quadrupole mass spectrometer because triple quadrupole mass spectrometr is considered one of the most high-end instruments and moreover, many labs across the world are adopting this instrument.

For instance, according to a research article by Malin Källsten et al., published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry Journal 2019, there has been a trend in mass spectrometry based characterization of antibody–drug conjugates (ADCs) towards the use of high-resolving mass spectrometry for many of these analyses. Quadrupole mass spectrometers represent a viable alternative for the characterization of antibody–drug conjugates (ADCs) in early-stage drug development.

As per Patented Medicine Prices Review Board 2018 report, in 2018, total R&D spending by the pharmaceutical industry was around 0.89 billion Canadian dollars which was increased from 0.87 billion Canadian dollars in 2017. Thus, increasing R&D spending on pharmaceuticals is expected to rise demand for mass spectrometrs in near future.

Moreover, a United Kingdom biotech laboratory has used mass spectrometry for coronavirus testing. In April 2020, United Kingdom diagnostics firm, MAP Sciences announced the development of rapid test for the COVID-19 virus. This technology deploys mass spectrometry to spot proteins that are unique to COVID-19 and is targeting to deliver test results within 30 minutes. These advancements are expected to fuel the growth of the studied market.

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North America is Expected to Hold Major Market Share Over the Forecast Period

The major factors driving the market growth in North America region include growing funding for research and government initiatives in the United States, widespread usage of mass spectrometry in the metabolomics and petroleum sector and presence of key market players.

The United States government spends a significant percentage of its GDP on R&D. According to a 2018 report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), about 2.82% of the country’s GDP was spent on R&D. In addition, in 2019, the research and development (R&D) expenditure of U.S. pharmaceutical industry was around USD 83 billion up from USD 79.6 billion in 2018 and USD 71.4 billion in 2017, respectively. Thus, increasing R&D activities increase demand for mass spectrometers and drives market growth.

Drug development is an expensive and lengthy process, and the failure rate is also high. Factors such as lengthy-time period, high failure rate and high cost are forcing researchers to look for newer technologies.

Additionally, mass spectroscopy is also being used in clinical laboratories to measure small sample volumes, with improved confidence across an expanding range of healthcare applications, from toxicology to personalized medicine.

As per a September 2020 article, published in Oxford Academics, states that in the United States, response to the coronavirus disease-19 pandemic has been hampered by inadequate testing resources. Therefore, technologies such as, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization combined with mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) are used to provide faster and cheaper diagnosis, which may drive its demand, over the forecast period.

Mass Spectrometry Market - Growth Rate by Region

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Competitive Landscape

The Mass Spectrometry Market is highly competitive. The leading players offer an expansive product portfolio for mass spectrometers and have a broad geographic presence. Companies like Agilent Technologies, Bruker Corporation, Danaher Corporation, Leco Corporation, Perkin Elmer Inc., Shimadzu Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Waters Corporation, among others, hold the substantial market share in the mass spectrometry market.

Recent Developments

  • In October 2020, Shimadzu expanded its operation by establishing its branch office in Copenhagen, Denmark. This expansion allowed company to focus on providing its full range of analytical instrumentation solutions in the region.
  • In April 2020, United Kingdom diagnostics firm, MAP Sciences announced the development of rapid test for the COVID-19 virus.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Technological Advancement

      2. 4.2.2 Growing Concerns Over Food Safety

      3. 4.2.3 Rising R&D Expenditure By Pharmaceutical Industry & Government Research Organizations

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Cost Of Instrument

      2. 4.3.2 Lack Of Skilled Technicians

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Hybrid Mass Spectrometry

        1. Triple Quadrupole (Tandem)

        2. Quadrupole TOF (Q-TOF)

        3. FTMS (Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry)

      2. 5.1.2 Single Mass Spectrometry

        1. ION Trap

        2. Quadrupole

        3. Time-of-Flight (TOF)

      3. 5.1.3 Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Pharmaceuticals Industry

      2. 5.2.2 Biotechnology Industry

      3. 5.2.3 Chemical Industry

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Agilent Technologies

      2. 6.1.2 Bruker Corporation

      3. 6.1.3 Danaher Corporation

      4. 6.1.4 Hitachi, ltd.

      5. 6.1.5 JEOL Ltd.

      6. 6.1.6 LECO Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 MKS Instruments

      8. 6.1.8 PerkinElmer Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Shimadzu Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Thermo Fisher Scientific

      11. 6.1.11 Waters Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Mass Spectrometry Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Global Mass Spectrometry Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.3% over the next 5 years.

The Global Mass Spectrometry Market is valued at 4880 Million USD in 2018.

The Global Mass Spectrometry Market is valued at 7301 Million USD in 2026.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

  • Agilent Technologies
  • Leco Corporation
  • Dani Instruments
  • Danaher Corporation (Sciex)
  • Perkin elmer Inc.

Are the major companies operating in Global Mass Spectrometry Market.

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