Volume IRW-C


 

Volume IRW-C: The World Market for Commercial and Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment

(2017 edition)

 


In 2016, world infrared imaging markets continued the third straight year of record unit shipments. The number of uncooled detectors increased by nearly 50% to reach one million units. However, severe price reductions have resulted in revenue growth of only 7% - for a total commercial and dual-use market (cooled and uncooled) of $3.4 billion.

 

The traditional major uncooled 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.)

 

Some of the traditional application markets fared significantly better than others in 2016. But they are all expected to benefit over the next five years from lower cost uncooled FPAs from detector suppliers that have established partnerships with semiconductor fabs, implementing Wafer Level Packaging (WLP), Wafer Level Optics and integrated electronics functions on ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits).

 

The new Consumer and Emerging application market segment includes smartphone thermal imaging attachments for prices as low as $200 and smartphones with integrated thermal imagers. The cores used in the smartphones are now also being used in other consumer applications including hunter’s rifle scopes, low-end thermography, night sights for boating and drones. Although these applications only account for a small part of market revenue, they are expected to grow rapidly.

 

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.

 

All of these changes have resulted in significant realignments and mergers – especially among makers of fire fighting thermal imagers.

 

In addition, market shares of suppliers of uncooled focal plane arrays have undergone dramatic changes.

 

In cooled infrared imaging, applications included Security/Surveillance, R&D, Process Control, Nondestructive Testing, Aircraft Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS), Optical Gas Imaging (OGI), Airborne Surveillance and Ground applications.

 

New cooled detector technologies are being developed for high-end thermal imaging. Developments are accelerating in superlattice detectors and high operating temperature (“HOT”) FPAs. Cameras making use of new superlattice-based nBn/XBn detectors and T2SL (Type Two Superlattice) detectors are now available in the commercial market.

 

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 low end. Nonetheless, the high-end pyrometer market continues to be strong in steel, glass and aluminum manufacturing and has been relatively untouched by imaging infrared (except for line scanners).

 

The report forecasts market sizes for Infrared Imaging and Thermometry through 2022. Forecasts are provided separately for cooled and uncooled infrared imaging equipment in 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), Automotive Night Vision, Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems, Fire Fighting, Surveillance/Security, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) and Consumer/Emerging (including smartphones). 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.

 

All forecasts are given separately for North America and the Rest of the World and the overall market is segmented by geography into the following regions: North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and <st1:place w:st="on">Middle East.

 

Market shares of leading supplier companies are provided and Company Profiles for 65 companies worldwide are detailed. Market shares are given separately for suppliers of:

 

Commercial & Dual-Use Systems

Commercial-only Systems

Thermography

Fire Fighting

Security & Surveillance Systems

Uncooled FPAs/Modules

Uncooled InGaAs SWIR FPAs and Cameras

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) Cameras

Stirling Cryocoolers

 

What’s new in this report?

 

·       Recent dramatic shifts in the market shares for suppliers of uncooled FPAs/Modules and Fire Fighting

 

·       Market forecasts for infrared Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras and Market Shares for Suppliers

 

·       Detailed analysis of the InGaAs market showing new players, their market shares, market growth and major application areas.

 

·       Market shares for Suppliers of Stirling Cryocoolers –as suppliers of these systems emphasize the importance of low-power, lightweight coolers for HOT FPAs

 

 

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 $4,950. It is only available directly from Maxtech (no third parties are authorized for its distribution.)

 

 

The structure of the report:

 

Maxtech International's analysis of World Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Markets provides the following valuable market information:

 

·       The current (2016) size of individual world product markets and application markets.

·       Five-year projections in over 18 product and application markets (2017 - 2022)

·       Geographic segmentation of the overall market into the following regions:

        North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and <st1:place w:st="on">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, Hunter’s Sights and others.

·       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

 

Executive Summary

A concise summary of the important results in the report.

 

Introduction

A review of definitions, the scope of topics covered, the methodology used and the sources of information.

 

Product Analysis

Major product offerings, instrument capabilities and pricing trends of manufacturers are reviewed and compared.

 

Cooled Focal Plane Arrays, Cameras and Systems: including detectors made of mercury cadmium telluride, indium antimonide, GaAs/GaAlAs Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIPs), lead sulfide/lead selenide, extrinsic silicon, and new Type II Superlattice (T2SL), nBn/XBn and HOT FPAs and others. The status of various detector technologies is discussed: which ones are declining, which ones are thriving.

New developments in detector cooling technologies: Thermoelectric cooling, Stirling-cycle cooling and J-T cooling.

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)

·       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, Israel, Japan, China and South Korea.

 

Manufacturers' offerings in each of the following areas are described, compared and pricing given:

Cooled and Uncooled Focal Plane Arrays and 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), the new Family of Thermal Weapon Sights (FWS), Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG), uncooled thermal binoculars, microsensors, airborne navigation and surveillance systems.

 

Technology Trends

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.

 

Applications Analysis

The following applications and their market dynamics are discussed in detail:

 

·       Predictive Maintenance/ Condition Monitoring

·       Building/HVAC Inspection

·       Process & Quality Control

·       Failure Analysis

·       Optical Gas Imaging (OGI)

·       Research & Development

·       Laser Beam Profiling

·       Nondestructive Testing

·       Automotive Night Vision

·       Fire Fighting

·       Homeland/Border Security

·       Law Enforcement

·       Security

·       Personal Vision Systems

·       Hunter’s Rifle Scopes

·       Smartphone Thermal Imagers and Other Consumer Applications

·       The Internet of Things (IoT)

·       Aircraft Enhanced Vision (EVS/EFVS)

·       Commercial Aircraft Anti-Missile Systems

·       Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

·       Marine Applications

·       Medical & Biomedical (incl. OCT)

·       Astronomy

·       Telecommunications

·       Uncooled Thermal Weapon Sights and Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG)

·       Other Uncooled Dual-Use/Military Sights

 

 

Market Forecasts

Market sizes and forecasts from 2016 to 2022 are given for Infrared Imaging equipment. Forecasts are provided 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

§  Gas Imaging

§  Law Enforcement/Personal Vision Systems

§  Fire Fighting

§  Automotive Night Vision (Consumer)

§  Automotive Night Vision (Commercial)

§  Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS/EFVS)

§  Security/Surveillance

§  Consumer and Emerging

§  Dual-Use/Military Airborne

§  Dual-Use/Military Ground

§  Dual-Use/Military Weapon Sights

§  Dual-Use/Military Microsensors

§  Other.

 

All Forecasts are given separately for <st1:place w:st="on">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 <st1:place w:st="on">Middle East.

 

 

Suppliers of Infrared Imaging and Equipment and Market Shares

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, InGaAs FPAs and cameras, Optical Gas Imaging and Stirling Cryocoolers. A total of 65 company profiles are provided, including:

 

AIM Infrarot-Module

Astronics/Max-Viz

Autoliv

Avon Protection/Argus

Axis Communications

BAE Systems

Bosch Security

Bullard

Dali (Zhejiang Dali)

DIAS Infrared

Draeger

DRS Technologies

Elbit

Elbit Systems of America

Esterline CMC Electronics

FLIR Systems

Fluke

General Dynamics GIT

Guide Infrared

Hamamatsu

Heimann Sensor

Hensoldt (Airbus DS Optronics)

Hikvision

Honeywell International

Hood Technology

i3system

IRCameras

IRISYS

IRnova

JenOptik

L3 Communications

L3 Cincinnati Electronics

L3 Infrared Products

L3 Wescam

Land Instruments Intl./Ametek

Leonardo MW (ex Selex)

Lockheed Martin

LumaSense

Mine Safety Appliances

Mitsubishi Electric

NEC

Nippon Avionics

North GuangWei (GWIC)

Opgal

Pelco (Schneider Electric)

Qioptiq

QmagiQ

Raytheon Vision Systems

Rockwell Collins

Safran

SATIR

Scott Safety/ISG

Seek Thermal

Semi-Conductor Devices (SCD)

Sofradir

Sofradir EC

Sony Security

Teledyne Imaging Sensors

Testo

Thales

Thermoteknix

Ulirvision

Ulis

UTC Aerospace (Sens. Unlim.)

Xenics

 

Other companies included in the report: 3E EOS, 3XLogic, Active Photonics, AeroVironment, Agilent, Agiltron, AIRS, Allied Vision Technologies, Amorphous Materials, Artray, Aselsan, ATCCQ, ATN, Audi, Automation Technology GmbH, BMW, Ball Aerospace, Bayspec, Bendix, Bertin Technologies, Boeing Spectrolab, Bombardier, Bop, Bosch, Bruker, CBC/Ganz, CEA/Leti, CI Sys., Cantronic, Chino, Chunghwa Telecom, Cobham (RVision), CohuHD Costar, Compix, Controp, CorDEX Instruments, Corning, Cox, Critical Imaging, Current Corp., CVI Melles Griot, Cyclone, Cypress Semiconductor, Dahua, Daimler, Dassault, DataRay, Daylight Solutions, DeWalt, edevis GmbH, Edmund Optics, Electro Optical Industries, Embraer, EMX, Equinox, Excelitas, Exelis, Exergen, FJR, Fairchild Imaging, Fermionics, Fisba Optik, Fortive, Fraunhofer Institut, Fujitsu, GCS-Global Communications, GHOPTO, Ganz, Gas Imaging Technology, General Monitors, GST, Gulfstream, HGH Infrared Systems, Hanhwa Techwin, HanVision, Headwall Photonics, HEICO, HGH Infrared, Honda, Horiba, HurleyIR, i3system, IAI-Elta, IEC Infrared, INO, Infrared Cameras Inc. (ICI), Infrared Labs, InfraRed Materials, InfraRedx, InfraTec, IntelliEPi, Intevac, Invisage, IRay, IRCAM, ISP Optics, IR Labs, JPL, Janos Technology, Keii, Keysight Technologies, Kinghome, KIRO-CH Photonics, KLA-Tencor, Kongsberg, Lapis Semiconductor, Leak Surveys, Leupold & Stevens, Lexavia, Lightpath Technologies, Magnity, McBain Systems, Mercedes-Benz, 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, Novotech, NXP Semiconductors, Obzerv, OIP Sensor Systems, Omron, ON Semiconductor, Ophir, Optex, Optics 1, Optikos, Opto Diode, Optris, Orbital ATK, Palmer Wahl, Panasonic, PerkinElmer, Princeton Infrared Technologies, Princeton Instruments, Princeton Lightwave, Quantum Focus Instruments, QWIP Technologies, Rafael, Raptor Photonics, Rebellion Photonics, Rochester Precision Optics, Rolls Royce, Roper Scientific, SKF, Sage, Santa Barbara Focalplane, Santa Barbara Infrared, Sarnoff, Schott, Seiko NPC, Siemens, Sig Sauer, SightLogiX, Silent Sentinel, SiOnyx, Snell Group, St. Jude Medical, St. Johns Optical Systems, Sumitomo Electric, Telops, Thermal Wave Imaging, Thermoconcept, ThermoFisher Scientific, Torrey Pines Logic, 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

Table 3.1  PROPERTIES OF INFRARED DETECTOR MATERIALS

Table 3.2  CHRONOLOGY OF INFRARED FPA PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS

Table 3.3  CHRONOLOGY OF INFRARED FPA PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS  (Continued)

Table 3.4  MEMS StructureS used in uncooled FPAs

Table 5.1 SECURITY CAMERAS MADE BY FLIR SYSTEMS

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

Table 7.1 RECENT COMPANY CHANGES   (ACQUISITIONS, NEW COMPANIES, COMPANY NEWS)

Table 7.2 RECENT COMPANY CHANGES (continued)  (ACQUISITIONS, NEW COMPANIES, COMPANY NEWS)

Table 7.3 RECENT COMPANY CHANGES (contd.)  (ACQUISITIONS, NEW COMPANIES, COMPANY 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  THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS (TIC)  FOR FIRE FIGHTING

Table 7.8  U.S. Market Shares for Suppliers  of  thermal IMAGING CAMERAS (TIC)  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

Table 7.11 WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers  of  InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND MODULES

Table 7.12 COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS   of  InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND CAMERAS

Table 7.13 MARKET GROWTH PROJECTIONS   FOR  InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND CAMERAS

Table 7.14 MARKET SHARES   FOR  SUPPLIERS OF OPTICAL GAS IMAGING EQUIPMENT

Table 7.15 MARKET SHARES   FOR  SUPPLIERS OF STIRLING CRYOCOOLERS

 

 

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