Factors such as the growing number of crimes across major countries, ongoing technological advancements in forensic sciences, growing public-private investments in the field of forensics, and the rising awareness among investigators about the role of DNA profiling in criminology are driving the growth of the forensic equipment and supplies market. However, the high cost of forensic instruments and the dearth of well-skilled technicians to perform forensic analysis in emerging countries are expected to restrain the growth of this market during the forecast period.
Based on product, the Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market is segmented into instruments, reagents & consumables, evidence-drying cabinets, and low-temperature storage devices. The instruments segment is expected to account for the largest share of the Forensic Equipment Market in 2019. The increasing adoption of DNA profiling in criminology across emerging and less-developed countries and the increasing production of illicit drugs are the major factors driving the growth of this market segment.
Based on application, the Forensic Supplies Market is segmented into DNA analysis, drug testing/toxicology, blood analysis, biometrics, and other applications. The drug testing/toxicology segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period primarily due to the growing availability of innovative toxicity analysis platforms worldwide, increasing number of drug testing laboratories across major countries, and the rising incidence of drug abuse and related criminal cases.
The major players operating in the forensic equipment and supplies market include Thermo Fisher Scientific (US), PerkinElmer (US), Agilent Technologies (US), Waters Corporation (US), and SCIEX (Danaher Corporation, US). Other prominent players in this market include GE Healthcare (US), QIAGEN NV (Netherlands), Spectris (UK), Air Science (US), Lynn Peavey Company (US), Sirchie (US), BVDA International (Netherlands), Safariland, LLC (US), Horiba (Japan), and Illumina, Inc. (US). The analysis of market developments between 2014 and 2018 revealed that several growth strategies such as product launches and strategic market expansions were adopted by market players to strengthen their product portfolios and maintain a competitive position in the forensic equipment and supplies market.
Thermo Fisher Scientific (US) dominated the market in 2018. The company offers a broad range of forensic equipment and supplies that are used in various applications, such as forensic DNA analysis, forensic toxicology, and blood analysis. The company has a strong geographic presence across North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. Thermo Fisher mainly focuses on the development of technologically innovative products to further strengthen its position in the market. For instance, the company launched Vanquish UHPLC and the Thermo Scientific Q Exactive BioPharma MS/MS Hybrid Quadropole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer in the last three years.
Agilent Technologies (US) held the second position in the global forensic equipment and supplies market. The company has a strong presence in major markets such as the US, Germany, Brazil, China, Japan, Australia, Canada, France, and Spain. To strengthen its current position and gain a larger share of the market, the company mainly focuses on product commercialization. For instance, the company launched the 7250 GC/Q-TOF system and the 6495B Triple Quadrupole LC/MS System in 2017. Agilent also focuses on other growth strategies such as market expansion and collaborations to build a competitive advantage.
The forensic equipment and supplies market is segmented into five major regions, namely, North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. North America is estimated to be the largest regional market for forensic equipment and supplies in 2019 majorly due to the high and growing adoption of DNA testing technology in the region and the ongoing technological advancements in forensic equipment.
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