Particle Size Analysis Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Particle Size Analysis Market is Segmented by Technology (Taylor Dispersion Analysis, Dynamic Light Scattering, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis), Dispersion (Wet Particle, Dry Particle, Spray Particle), End-user Application (Chemicals, Food, Mining, Pharmaceuticals), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific



Key Players:

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Market Overview

The particle size analysis market was valued at USD 325.6 million in 2018, and it is expected to reach USD 437 million by 2024, at a CAGR of 5.1%, over the forecast period (2019 - 2024). The immense support from government organizations to strengthen their domestic pharmaceutical markets is expected to boost the demand form this sector. For instance, China is planning to establish several data centers exclusively to serve the medical research proposes, facilitating the exchange of precious clinical trial data over the public domain.

  • Nanomaterials are finding major applications across various industries. Initially, they found major applications in the healthcare, cosmetics, and manufacturing industries. However, increasing advancements in nanotechnology are creating opportunities for nanoparticles in other industries as well.
  • Although particle size analysis equipment for legacy procedures, like sedimentation and sieving, is considerably low, the modern portable and compact equipment are often costly. Especially the probing equipment used in in-line techniques, which are in high demand in the industrial sector, are both costly for the initial purchase and also to maintain.
  • Particle size analysis plays a key role in the manufacturing of carbon fiber components. Single wall carbon nanotubes are often subjected to dynamic light scattering (DLS) technology to assess if the required strength of the material could be drawn from a batch of carbon nanotubes.

Scope of the Report

Particle size analysis, particle size measurement, or simply particle sizing is the collective name of the technical procedures or laboratory techniques that determine the size range, and/or the average, or mean size of the particles in a powder or liquid sample. Particle size analysis is part of particle science and its determination is carried out generally in particle technology laboratories.

By Technology
Taylor Dispersion Analysis
Dynamic Light Scattering
Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis
Resonant Mass Measurement
Laser Diffraction
Other Technologies
By Dispersion
Wet Particle
Dry Particle
Spray Particle
By End User Application
Food, Beverage, and Nutrition
Agriculture and Forestry
Other End User Applications
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Laser Diffraction Technology to Hold Major Market Share

  • Laser diffraction is one of the most prominent particle size analysis techniques that work on particles ranging from 10 nm to 3,500 microns. Laser diffraction provides a result for the whole sample, rather than for individual particles. The immense demand for quality control in several manufacturing activities and increasing research activities are expected to drive the demand for laser diffraction equipment.
  • Laser diffraction also suffers a fair deal of drawbacks. The analysis needs a high degree of metadata and extensive preparation. If the sample under test is a wet sample, the dispersion unit has to use a liquid dispersant to disperse the sample, in order to subject it to the laser beam.
  • Further, increasing software applications that are providing required metadata on optical properties of samples and instruments based on the Fraunhofer approximation approach are expected to create huge opportunities for the laser diffraction technology over the forecast period.

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Europe Region has been a Significant Driver for the Demand

  • The European particle size analysis market is estimated to grow at a healthy rate over the forecast period. Significant factors supporting the growth are increasing investments in research and innovation centers and rising government programs and policies, which are motivating market vendors to invest in advancements in analyzing methods.
  • The high rate of development of new analyzing methods, equipment, and protocols in the region is boosting the European healthcare and chemical industries to increase advancements in particle size analysis methods.
  • The increasing government expenditure in the pharmaceutical industry to innovate cost-effective drugs is further estimated to develop a market for nanoparticle tracking analysis in the region.

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Competitive Landscape

The particle size analysis market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players are dominating the market. However, with the growing demand across the electronics sector, most of the companies are expanding their business footprint among the market of emerging economies.

  • September 2018 - HORIBA announced the release of Duetta fluorescence and absorbance spectrometer, which performs non-destructive, non-contact analysis of quantities and properties of object substances.
  • March 2018 - Malvern Panalytical Ltd launched the Morphologi range of automated static imaging systems for particle characterization from Malvern Panalytical Morphology 4 and Morphology 4-ID. It delivers substantial improvements in measurement speed, image definition, and the range of materials that can be successfully analyzed.

Major Players

  1. Agilent Technologies Inc.
  2. Horiba Ltd
  3. Malvern Panalytical Ltd
  4. Beckman Coulter Inc.
  5. Izon Science Limited

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below


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 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Advancement in the Field of Nanotechnology

      2. 4.3.2 Increasingly Strict Quality Control Guidelines (Especially Pharmaceuticals)

      3. 4.3.3 Increase in Research (Due to Grants and Funding)

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 High Cost of Analyzer Equipment

      2. 4.4.2 Competition from Sampling Labs

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Industry Value Chain Analysis


    1. 5.1 By Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Taylor Dispersion Analysis

      2. 5.1.2 Dynamic Light Scattering

      3. 5.1.3 Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis

      4. 5.1.4 Resonant Mass Measurement

      5. 5.1.5 Laser Diffraction

      6. 5.1.6 Other Technologies

    2. 5.2 By Dispersion

      1. 5.2.1 Wet Particle

      2. 5.2.2 Dry Particle

      3. 5.2.3 Spray Particle

    3. 5.3 By End User Application

      1. 5.3.1 Chemicals

      2. 5.3.2 Food, Beverage, and Nutrition

      3. 5.3.3 Mining

      4. 5.3.4 Agriculture and Forestry

      5. 5.3.5 Pharmaceuticals

      6. 5.3.6 Other End User Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Malvern Instruments Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 Horiba Ltd

      3. 6.1.3 Agilent Technologies Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Microtrac Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Beckman Coulter Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 IZON Science Ltd

      7. 6.1.7 Shimadzu Corporation

      8. 6.1.8 Sympatec GmbH

      9. 6.1.9 Micromeritics Instruments Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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