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Global Optical Metrology Market Gains Momentum from Rising Demand in India, China, and Japan

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The wave of globalization has led to several industrial standards being enforced across wider geographical areas. This calls for precise and accurate measurement of size, weight, volume, and so on. As a result of the need to comply with stringent international measurement standards, the uptake of automated optical metrology market has risen in the last few years. While there are several different measurement techniques available on the market, optical metrology stands out for its unmatched accuracy because of its use of light as a medium for measurement. The use of light and automation allows for contact-less measurement in instances where such an arrangement is desirable.

Optical metrology can use light to measure distance, temperature, size, and volume or physical quantity. Its applicability in a myriad of applications is what makes optical metrology such a rapidly growing field. Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE), a seller of market research reports, states that the global automated optical metrology market will reach a valuation of US$1.5 bn by 2021, globally.

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Companies that have gained a firm footing in the global automated optical metrology market include: ASML Holding NV (The Netherlands), KLA Tencor Corporation (U.S.), Nikon Metrology NV (Belgium), Hexagon Metrology, Inc. (Sweden), and Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH (Germany).

Need for Rising Sophistication in Measurement Techniques Turns Focus Toward Automated Optical Metrology

There are several industries around the world that are seeing international trade reach an all-time high. With goods produced in one country being increasingly exported to other countries, meeting international standards is necessary to obtain export licenses. The effect of this trend is being felt in the global automated optical metrology market as well, with more and more manufacturing facilities and test centers investing in advanced optical metrology tools and systems.

While the earlier optical metrology tools required human handling, automation has reduced the dependence on humans for measurement operations. In a number of industries stressed by budgetary restraints and the parallel need to improve productivity, automation has been a game changer.

The impact of these drivers will, however, be blunted by the lack of enforcement of global standards across several industries. Unless there is a clear mandate from international standards organizations about this issue, companies in the automated optical metrology market will continue to face a few challenges.

Germany and U.K. Lead Demand in Europe whereas China, India, and Japan Contribute Highest to APAC Automated Optical Metrology Market

The United States remains a dominant market for automated optical metrology worldwide. The market for automated optical metrology in Europe has developed robustly in over the last decade. Countries such as the U.K. and Germany have made massive contributions to the growth of this market in the European region. The high cost of labor in these countries has prompted several industries to consider automation as a viable option, with a similar trend being replicated in the measurement and testing industry.

Asia Pacific has a positive outlook as far as investments in automated optical metrology go. Industries are springing up at a rapid pace across India and China, creating a solid foundation on which the automated optical metrology market can stand in the future. South Africa is yet another emerging country to watch out for in the global market for optical automated metrology.