Laboratory and Analytical Spotting the Trends in Analytical Technology
What can European suppliers of analytical equipment and services expect in the near future? This was the question for Mathis Kuchejda. Kuchejda spokes in his capacity as President, Analytical and Laboratory Technologies, of Spectaris, a trade body representing around 330 small and medium-size German instrument companies and laboratory outfitters.
He is also CEO of Berlin-based optical equipment manufacturer Schmidt & Haensch. “Spectaris members are in a pretty good state,” Kuchejda said. Their combined turnover of more than seven billion euro increased by six percent in 2014, and this growth is expected to continue. Around half of all sales go abroad; the largest export markets are the USA, China, France, the UK, and Italy.
Technology trends include a move from NIR to MIR (mid-infrared) spectroscopy, high-resolution mass spectroscopy, and the increasing affordability of magnetic resonance tomography. Users expect “one-button” operation of even complex instruments, Kuchejda said. The need to supply complete measurement modules for system integration, and a growing emphasis on food analysis, are other high-level trends.