Gas sensors belong to the category of safety devices thatare extensively used for commercial, industrial, medical, and many other industries to avoid mishaps caused due to the leakage of gas. Improved technology mainly due to reformed manufacturing processes and embedded electronic indicators is expected to have a positive impact on market growth. The global revenue growth is mainly driven by NOx and CO sensing devices. Oxygen sensors are used in automotive to maintain cabin air quality.
Various toxic and harmful gasses thatare produced as the byproduct of manufacturing processes can cause health problems to workers in the vicinity. Therefore, it is important to monitor the quality of air around the manufacturing facilities. Strict regulations concerning occupational safety are a major driver for this market. The introduction of smart sensing and wireless technologies is expected to fuel market demand even further.
Oxygen sensors are majorly used and their market share is expected to grow even further over the forecast period. Food storage sectors make use of carbon dioxide sensors as they efficiently detect food spoilage. Buthigh prices of carbon dioxide sensors will hinder market growth of this segment over the forecast period. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a harmful gas thatis formed as a result of incomplete combustion. CO sensors aregaining wide acceptance as they help in detecting this hazardous gas in industrial environments.
PID technology based gas sensors weredeveloped toaid in the detection of ammonia, volatile organic compounds, and hydrogen sulfide. Thus, they are ideal for applications in detecting gas contamination and leakage. Products based on catalytic technology are being used for various applications. They are flexible, easy to install, and can be useful in monitoring emissions across varied applications. They can operate at varied temperature levels and concentration levels. Thermal conductivity based gas sensors use filaments to sense changes in the temperature levels.
The major end-use industries of the gas sensors market are medical, construction, domestic appliances and building automation, petrochemical, environmental, industrial, and automotive. Environmental applications have been the dominant application segment providing maximum revenue. The industrial application segment is expected to dominate over the forecast period. Gas sensing isnow being used in commercial and residential spaces to monitor hazardous emissions and prevent oxygen deficiency.
AsiaPacific is akey regional market for gas sensors due to technological innovation in this region. Increased demand for handheld products with integrated features has fueled market growth in this region. Government legislation concerning Industrial Safety and Welfare Act is expected to fuel the regional market growth. Emission related regulations and initiatives in Europe are the major driver for this market in this region. Industrialization in the Middle East &Africa is expected to have a positive impact on the gas sensors market growth in this region. The growing demand for end-user applications and technological innovation are the major drivers for this market.
Key manufacturers in the gas sensors market are City Technology Ltd., AlphaSense, Figaro Engineering, Dynament Ltd., and Membrapor AG. Production innovation is the theme adopted by industry participants in this market.
City Technology’s primary focus is innovation and new product development. The company has invested heavily in R & D, process equipment, and state of the art automation to deliver superior performance products. They have opened a new facility where they manufacture and test their products together with the development of slectrochemical, integrated pellistor, and optical technologies. Alphasense uses 4-electrode sensors in their gas sensors and provides gas sensors forcarbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitric oxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Figaro Engineering is a world leader in gas sensing innovation and offer gas sensors for domestic and industrial purposes. Dynament, Inc., manufactures gas sensors using their patented infrared gas sensing technology. They are used in the detection of butane, ethane, ethylene oxide, propane, and propene. The different types of sensors manufactured by Membrapor AG are compact gas sensors, miniature gas sensors, slim gas sensors, standard gas sensors, and oxygen sensors. They recently developed a 20mA electrochemical sensor to be used in gas detection and also announced the development of a membrane-based sensor to be used in gas detection.
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