The localization of high-end testing instruments has a long way to go, and product stability and after-sales service need to be improved
In 2010, the scale of China's food safety testing equipment market exceeded tens of billions, and the market growth rate is gradually increasing. On the one hand, the prosperity of the testing instrument market is because governments at all levels have increased their investment in food safety equipment and scientific research funds; on the other hand, domestic low-end testing instruments have entered the market, and price levers have stimulated the rise of market demand. Among the current food safety indicators, the detection of residual pesticides, veterinary drugs, fishery drugs, food additives and other parameters* has attracted attention. Therefore, the detection instruments used such as mass spectrometers, chromatographs, spectrophotometers and other lucrative high-end instruments and The market prospects for rapid screening instruments are promising.
In the next five years, the overall demand for this market will grow rapidly, and there is a long way to go for miniaturized, low-cost domestic instruments. At present, the high-end food testing equipment market still mainly relies on foreign manufacturers, such as Angilent, ThermoFisher, Shimadzu, etc. Foreign-funded enterprises have strong technical strength, mature and stable products, and high brand awareness, but the product prices are high, maintenance costs are high, and there are not many low-profile models to choose from, which is a heavy burden for domestic equipment purchasers. The localization of testing instruments faces the dual dilemma of technology and management. Taking mass spectrometers as an example, the development of domestic organic mass spectrometers started very early, but the product stability and after-sales service were poor, so large-scale industrialization has not been formed. Although there are historical and institutional reasons, the main reason lies in the dispersion of limited resources such as technical force and capital, which cannot form a joint force and form a virtuous industrial cycle with the help of the market. If domestic testing instruments can make a breakthrough, its relatively strong cost-effective advantage can meet the market's demand for low-cost equipment, and at the same time, it will inevitably put pressure on the price of imported products.
High-end instrument research and development requires long-term continuous investment, and companies should make full use of policy financing channels
The food testing instrument industry market survey analysis report shows that high-end instruments have invested a lot in R&D and industrialization, and the maturity of core technologies needs to advance step by step under the influence of the market. Taking mass spectrometers as an example, the research and development of mass spectrometers integrates basic disciplines such as precision mechanics, electronic technology, and physical chemistry, and is the product of a high degree of interdisciplinary research. As a high-end precision instrument, it is far from enough for the mass spectrometer to be researched and developed in the laboratory. Its sensitivity, resolution and other index parameters can maintain stable accuracy in various environments, which is whether it can be marketed. , The key factor of industrialization. Especially stability and reliability. The mature products of well-known foreign brands are rooted in the strong processing and manufacturing foundation of the country. After years of inspection in the market, they are gradually accepted by customers. There are not many large domestic companies that focus on food safety testing instruments. They are mainly private companies. Long-term continuous R&D investment is a test for the determination and financing channels of private companies.
The continuous investment of enterprises in R&D should make full use of the support of national policies, cooperate with local governments to promote the development of local industries, and strengthen the construction of independent innovation capability system. The government is supportive of high-tech industries represented by high-end testing instruments, and invests in enterprise research and development through the establishment of scientific and technological projects, prompting enterprises to set up engineering centers and other industrial technology development and achievement transfer institutions, and break through the institutional barriers to the integration of production, learning, and research. . At the same time, enterprises should seize the opportunity of the government’s emphasis on food safety, timely introduce domestic low-cost equipment into quality inspection agencies at all levels, use low-end equipment as a breakthrough to occupy a place in the food testing instrument market, and temporarily avoid direct competition with foreign brands. So as to achieve long-term sustainable and stable development.