Due to the rise in the global security threats,homeland security is of utmost importance. The unstable geopolitical climate, emergence and expansion of terrorist organizations, and rise of radiological and nuclear technologies are the pivotal factors responsible for the increase in global threats. This calls for the need for detection and prevention of radiological attacks as these attacks lead to heavy human loss. Hence, the security and defense organizations of every country are striving hard to tighten their homeland security by making heavy investments -on this front. There is a rapid increase in the number of patients suffering from cancer which again leads to the need foreffective tools for cancer diagnosis which needs PET scanners that consist of scintillator materials. So, there is high demand for these materials owing to the high demand of medical imaging devices. Future plans for development of the nuclear power plants also boost the demand for scintillators.
Saint-Gobain Crystals (U.S.), a division of Saint-Gobain SA (France), is one of the leading players in the inorganic scintillators market. Saint-Gobain SA has been in the market for more than 350 years and offers a diversified product portfolio. Saint Gobain Crystals comes under the high performance materials sector of Saint Gobain SA. The company provides wide range of products such as large sapphire sheets, tubes, X-ray monochromator crystals, and scintillation materials and assemblies which are used in radiation detection and measurement. These products are used in a wide range of applications such as medical imaging, security and safeguarding, medical instrumentation, and X-ray spectrometry, among other applications.The company’s principal position can primarily be credited to its strong association with different companies. The firm not only develops new scintillators internally but also with industry partners so as to meet the current and future market needs. The firm tries to increase its product portfolio by increasing its R&D spending in the innovative materials sector.
Ludlum Measurements, Inc. (U.S.) is one of the leading market players in scintillator market. The company is a manufacturer and supplier of radiation detection and measurement equipment. Ludlum offers a complete line of radiation detection equipment for health physics, medical physics, metal recycling, nuclear security, and nuclear power. This includes a line of portable instrumentation, laboratory equipment, area monitors, hand and shoe monitors, laundry monitors, portal monitors, and vehicle/rail monitors, among others. These products can be used for the detection and measurement of alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiations. The company does not rely on out-sourcing activities for raw materials, and has in-house manufacturing capabilities to support its overall manufacturing processes. Recent in-house manufacturing capabilities of the company includephotomultiplier tube and plastic scintillation detector manufacturing.
Scintillator Market by Composition of Material, Application (Healthcare, Homeland security, Industrial application, Nuclear Power Plants, and others), End Product (Personal Instrument, Hand-Held Instruments, Fixed, and Installed Instruments) & Geography - Global Forecast and Analysis to 2013 – 2020
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