Laboratory automation systems cover a wide range of technologies including pipetting, robot technology, and ELISA machines. Pipetting workstations are typical robot devices that can extract a certain amount of liquid from one container and transfer it to another. The primary application of pipetting systems is to replace manual operations such as pipetting, titration, dilution, labeling, pH determination, sample preparation, and injection of samples into instruments.
Developing countries have relatively small markets for laboratory automation systems. Although the growth rate of demand for laboratory automation systems in developing countries is faster than the global growth rate, its demand is not growing as rapidly as other analytical instrument markets. This may be due to the abundance and relative cheapness of labor resources in developing countries, which reduces the driving force for promoting automation to accomplish a task. However, research universities, which represent the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology research organizations, will continue to grow and will of course drive growth for laboratory automation. The largest growth initially is concentrated in LIMS systems. However, the fastest-growing will be the after-sales market and services, driven by a small but rapidly growing user base.
The largest initial system market includes pipetting systems, including pipettes. Pipetting systems account for 37% of the total market share due to the large demand for pipettes and consumables for microplates. However, most pipetting systems are related to sample preparation in microplate wells, and ELISA machines maintain the analysis balance, making them the second largest market share. Pipetting systems and ELISA machines are general tools in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and there is also a great demand for these products in scientific and research laboratories because they improve their work efficiency through the use of laboratory automation systems products.
Management information systems are expected to be the fastest-growing part, growing at a rate of about 10% per year. Although physical handling of samples can be done manually, using manual analysis methods to deal with data will quickly become extremely complex, making the use of information systems very necessary. The robot market will remain relatively small, accounting for less than 2% of the global market share, and its growth is relatively slow. The dissolution testing system, mainly used in the pharmaceutical industry, will grow rapidly at a rate of 8.6%.
The pharmaceutical industry is the industry that uses laboratory automation system equipment the most. Since the purpose of many automation tools is to improve efficiency in pharmaceutical research and testing, it is not surprising that the pharmaceutical industry accounts for a quarter of laboratory automation product users. The growth of demand in the pharmaceutical sector is expected to exceed the average level of laboratory automation product growth.