SARASOTA, Fla, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2015 edition of its market research report on commercial and dual-use infrared imaging equipment markets (Vol. IRW-C).
World infrared imaging markets are poised to enter a new phase. The development of new low-cost uncooled imaging detector cores and competitive pressures are leading to lower prices in a wide range of applications from thermographic inspections to law enforcement. At the same time, smartphone thermal imagers at prices under $200 are making the technology available to consumers who have not previously been exposed to infrared imaging.
The number of uncooled FPAs and modules shipped in 2014 increased by more than 40% (to nearly half a million devices) from the previous year. However, severe price reductions in infrared cameras have put manufacturers under severe pressure to maintain or grow revenue.
Despite these pressures, the uncooled commercial and dual-use market grew by over 13% in 2014 to $3.1 billion.
The current major application markets include Predictive Maintenance, Building Inspection, R&D, Process Control, Nondestructive Testing (NDT), Fire Fighting, Automotive Night Vision, Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), Security/surveillance, Law Enforcement/Personal Vision Systems and dual-use uncooled sights (Thermal Weapon Sights, Driver's Vision Enhancers, etc.)
In 2014, a Consumer and Emerging application market segment emerged with the introduction of smartphone thermal imaging.
Some of these application markets fared better than others in 2014. But they are all expected to benefit over the next five years from lower cost uncooled FPAs from detector suppliers that are establishing new partnerships with semiconductor fabs, implementing Wafer Level Packaging (WLP), Wafer Level Optics and integrating electronics functions on ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits).
In addition, new uncooled FPA suppliers have emerged in China, South Korea and Turkey. At the same time, developers of novel uncooled detectors are facing an uphill battle against microbolometers with several dropping out of the race in the last two years.
Spot Infrared Thermometry sensors (pyrometers) continue to have broad acceptance in special high temperature industrial process control applications and at the very low-end in consumer markets as prices decrease. Also as prices drop, a convergence between the imaging and spot markets is already starting to occur.
At the same time, new cooled detector technologies are being developed for high-end thermal imaging. Developments are accelerating in superlattice detectors and high operating temperature ("HOT") FPAs.
Special Update: MARKET FORECASTS FOR THERMAL IMAGING IN CONSUMER APPLICATIONS, SUCH AS SMARTPHONES.
Maxtech International's up-to-date research covers the following application areas:
Predictive Maintenance (electrical and mechanical condition monitoring), Building/HVAC Inspection, Process Control, Research & Development, Traditional Nondestructive Testing, Law Enforcement and Personal Vision Systems (for hunters and sportsmen), Medical/Biomedical, Automotive Night Vision, Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems, Fire Fighting, Surveillance/Security, Emerging Consumer Applications (including smartphone thermal imagers) and Remote Sensing (including space programs). Dual-Use applications covered include Weapon Sights, Driver's Vision Enhancers, Microsensors, Airborne and Ground applications and others. However, strictly military systems (infrared missile seekers, targeting systems, etc.) are not covered in this report.
The World Market for Commercial & Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment (Vol. IRW-C) contains over 400 pages of up-to-date market information and forecasts and is priced at $4,550. It is only available from Maxtech (no third parties are authorized for its distribution.)
The report provides the following valuable market information:
- The current (2014) size of individual world product markets and application markets.
- Five-year projections in over 16 product and application markets (2015 - 2020)
- Geographic segmentation of the overall market into the following regions:
North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East
- The expected market growth of dual-use military IR equipment
- The expected growth of Emerging Markets (Aircraft Enhanced Vision, Micro Sensors, etc.)
- The expected growth in new Consumer Thermal Imaging applications including Smartphone Thermal Imagers
- Technology trends and the effect of export controls on market growth
- Competitive analyses and market shares
- Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) of infrared companies
- Profiles of 65 suppliers of Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry equipment
A concise summary of the important results in the report.
A review of definitions, the scope of topics covered, the methodology used and the sources of information.
Major product offerings, instrument capabilities and pricing trends of manufacturers are reviewed and compared.
Cooled Focal Plane Arrays, Cameras and Systems
- Mercury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe) FPAs and systems
- Indium Antimonide (InSb) FPAs and systems
- QWIPs (Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors) FPAs and systems
- T2SL (Type II Superlattice) FPAs and systems
- nBn and XBn FPAs and systems
- Lead Sulfide and Lead Selenide (PbS and PbSe) FPAs and systems
- Extrinsic Silicon (Si:X) FPAs and systems
- Other cooled FPAs and systems
- HOT (High Operating Temperature) FPAs
The status of various detector technologies is discussed: which ones are declining, which ones are thriving. New developments in detector cooling technologies: Thermoelectric, Stirling and Joule-Thomson. New developments in small cryocoolers for use with HOT detectors.
New developments in infrared materials used for lenses (including molded lenses), windows and coatings.
Uncooled Focal Plane Arrays and cameras of the following types:
- Microbolometer Arrays
(vanadium oxide, amorphous silicon and emerging materials: TiOx, vanadium niobium oxide)
- SOI FPAs
- Ferroelectric (Pyroelectric) Arrays
- Thermopile/Thermoelectric Arrays
- Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) short-wave arrays
- Novel new uncooled focal plane array technologies in development
Uncooled focal plane array development and production plans are described separately for the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and the Rest of the World.
Manufacturers' offerings in each of the following areas are described, compared and pricing given:
Cooled and Uncooled Focal Plane Array Systems, Focal Plane Array Test Systems, Infrared Microscopes, Thermal Wave (Thermal Pulse) Systems for Flaw Detection, Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging Systems (including infrared payloads planned by NASA over the next ten years), Portable Infrared Thermometers (Spot Radiometers), Stationary Infrared Thermometers (Spot Radiometers) and Line Scanning Infrared Thermometers.
More than 100 specific models of equipment are described. In many cases, detailed specifications are given.
Dual-use programs covered include: uncooled Driver's Vision Enhancers (DVE), Thermal Weapon Sights (TWS), Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG), uncooled thermal binoculars, microsensors, airborne navigation and surveillance systems.
Leading research and technology developments are discussed. Government funding for infrared R&D is reviewed. Novel Uncooled Technologies: Who is developing what? Who are the leaders?
3D Imaging and Range Gated Imaging are reviewed as a complement to thermal imaging.
The effect of export controls (at both the national and international level) on market growth is discussed in detail.
The following applications and their market dynamics are discussed in detail:
- Predictive Maintenance/ Condition Monitoring
- Building/HVAC Inspection
- Process & Quality Control
- Failure Analysis
- Gas Sensing/Imaging
- Research & Development
- Laser Beam Profiling
- Nondestructive Testing
- Automotive Night Vision
- Fire Fighting
- Homeland/Border Security
- Law Enforcement
- Personal Vision Systems
- Smartphone Thermal Imagers and Other Consumer Applications
- Aircraft Enhanced Vision
- Commercial Aircraft Anti-Missile Systems
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
- Marine Applications
- Medical & Biomedical (including OCT)
- Uncooled Thermal Weapon Sights and Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG)
- Other Uncooled Dual-Use/Military Sights
Market sizes and forecasts from 2014 to 2020 are given for Infrared Imaging equipment. Forecasts are provided separately for cooled and uncooled infrared imaging equipment in the following application areas:
- Predictive Maintenance/Condition Monitoring
- Building Inspection/HVAC Inspection
- Process Control
- Research & Development
- Nondestructive Testing
- Law Enforcement/Personal Vision Systems
- Fire Fighting
- Automotive Night Vision (Consumer)
- Automotive Night Vision (Commercial)
- Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS)
- Consumer and Emerging
- Dual-Use/Military Airborne
- Dual-Use/Military Ground
- Dual-Use/Military Weapon Sights
- Dual-Use/Military Microsensors
All Forecasts are given separately for North America and the Rest of the World.
The overall market is segmented by geography into the following regions: North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.
Suppliers of Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment
The competitive environment in IR Imaging and IR Thermometry is analyzed. Major manufacturers of Infrared Imaging and Thermometry equipment, their marketing strategies and profitability (including market shares) are analyzed. Market shares are given separately for suppliers of Commercial & Dual-Use, Commercial Only, Thermography, Fire Fighting, Security/surveillance, Uncooled FPAs/Modules, and InGaAs cameras. A total of 65 company profiles are provided, including:
Airbus Defence and Space (Cassidian Optronics)
Dali (Zhejiang Dali)
Esterline CMC Electronics
General Dynamics GIT
L-3 Cincinnati Electronics
L-3 Infrared Products
Land Instruments Intl./Ametek
Mine Safety Appliances
North GuangWei (GWIC)
Pelco (Schneider Electric)
Raytheon Vision Systems
Semi-Conductor Devices (SCD)
Teledyne Imaging Sensors
Teledyne Judson Technologies
UTC Aerospace (Sensors Unlimited)
Other companies included in the report: Active Photonics, AeroVironment, Agilent, Agiltron, AIRS, Allied Vision Technologies, Amorphous Materials, Artray, ATCCQ, ATN, Audi, Automation Technology GmbH, Avon-ISI, BMW, Bayspec, Bendix, Boeing Spectrolab, Bombardier, Bop, Bosch, Bruker, CBC/Ganz, CEA/Leti, CI Sys., Cal Sensors, Cantronic, Chino, Chunghwa Telecom, Cobham (RVision), Cohu, Compix, Controp, CorDEX Instruments, Corning, Cox, Critical Imaging, Current Corp., CVI Melles Griot, Cyclone, Cypress Semiconductor, Daimler, Dassault, DataRay, Denel, DeWalt, DVTEL, edevis GmbH, EMX, Equinox, Excelitas, Exelis, Exergen, FJR, Fermionics, Fraunhofer Institut, Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu, GCS-Global Communications, GHOPTO, Gas Imaging Technology, General Monitors, Gulfstream, HGH Infrared Systems, HanVision, Headwall Photonics, Honda, Honeywell/Morning Pride, Horiba, Hurley, i3system, IAI-Elta, IEC Infrared, INO, Ideal Industries, Infrared Cameras Inc. (ICI), Infrared Labs, InfraRedx, InfraTec, Intevac, Invisage, IRay, IRCAM, IRCameras, ISP Optics, IR Labs, Janos Technology, Keii, Keysight Technologies, Kinghome, KIRO-CH Photonics, KLA-Tencor, Kongsberg, Lapis Semiconductor, Lexavia, Lightpath Technologies, Lumiense, Magnity, McBain Systems, MikroSens, Milwaukee Tool, Moog, Movitherm, Nav-TV, N2 Imaging, New Imaging Technologies (NIT), New Infrared Technologies (NIT), Newport, NikkoIA, Ningbo Sunny, Nissan, Nivisys, NORINCO Group (Kunming North Infrared), Northrop Grumman, Novati Technologies, Novotech, Obzerv, Ocean View, OIP Sensor Systems, Omron, ON Semiconductor, Ophir, Optex, Optics 1, Optikos, Optris, Palmer Wahl, Panasonic, PerkinElmer, Princeton Instruments, Princeton Lightwave, Quantum Focus Instruments, QWIP Technologies, Raptor Photonics, Rochester Precision Optics, Raptor Photonics, Roper Scientific, Sage, Santa Barbara Focalplane, Santa Barbara Infrared, Sarnoff, Schott, Seiko NPC, Siemens, SightLogiX, SiOnyx, Snell Group, St. Jude Medical, Sumitomo Electric, Tamron, Telops, Thermal Wave Imaging, Thermoconcept, Toshiba, TowerJazz, Trijicon, Trueview EVS, UD Holdings, Umicore, Williamson, Zytemp.
TABLES IN THE REPORT
Table 1.1 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR WORLDWIDE COMMERCIAL & DUAL-USE
INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT
Tables 3.1 PROPERTIES OF INFRARED DETECTOR MATERIALS
Table 3.2 and 3.3 CHRONOLOGY OF INFRARED FPA PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS
Table 3.4 MEMS STRUCTURES USED IN UNCOOLED FPAs
Table 5.1 SECURITY CAMERAS MADE BY FLIR SYSTEMS
Table 5.2 PERSONAL VISION SYSTEMS (PVS) MADE BY FLIR
Table 6.1 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR WORLDWIDE COMMERCIAL & DUAL-USE
INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT
Table 6.2 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE COOLED INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT BY APPLICATION (NORTH AMERICA)
Table 6.3 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE COOLED INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT BY APPLICATION (REST OF WORLD)
Table 6.4 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE UNCOOLED INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT BY APPLICATION (NORTH AMERICA)
Table 6.5 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE UNCOOLED INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT BY APPLICATION (REST OF WORLD)
Table 6.6 COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE MARKETS BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION
Tables 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 RECENT COMPANY CHANGES (ACQUISITIONS, NEW COMPANIES, CO. NEWS)
Table 7.4 WORLDWIDE MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT
Table 7.5 WORLDWIDE MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF COMMERCIAL-ONLY INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT
Table 7.6 WORLDWIDE MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF UNCOOLED THERMOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT
Table 7.7 WORLDWIDE MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF INFRARED IMAGING CAMERAS FOR FIRE FIGHTING
TABLE 7.8 U.S. MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF INFRARED IMAGING CAMERAS FOR FIRE FIGHTING
Table 7.9 WORLDWIDE MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF INFRARED IMAGING CAMERAS AND SYSTEMS USED FOR SECURITY/SURVEILLANCE
Table 7.10 WORLDWIDE MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF UNCOOLED FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND MODULES
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