Volume IRW-C


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

(2021 edition)

In 2020, world commercial and dual-use infrared imaging markets grew by 29% in revenue driven mostly by demand for uncooled Elevated Skin Temperature (EST)/Fever systems for the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, sales of thermal imaging systems for traditional infrared applications decreased. In 2021, the traditional applications are expected to bounce back and the infrared imaging market is expected to grow to over $8 billion by 2026 due to several market sub-segments.

 

The EST/fever market saw the emergence of several Chinese companies with significant production of uncooled detectors and systems – for both Asian and Western markets.

 

Major uncooled application markets – besides EST/Fever - include Predictive Maintenance (electrical and mechanical condition monitoring), Building/HVAC Inspection, Process Control, Research & Development, Traditional Nondestructive Testing, Law Enforcement, Hunter’s Thermal Sights, Automotive Night Vision (including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous/Self-driving cars), Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS/EFVS), Firefighting, Surveillance/Security, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) and Consumer/Emerging (including smartphones). Dual-Use applications covered include Weapon Sights, Vehicle Sights, Microsensors, Airborne and Ground applications and others.

 

Over the next five years, some of the traditional application markets are expected fare significantly better than others. Two of the application areas are expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over 40%, with most of the growth expected after 2023. But all applications are 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 Consumer and Emerging application market segment includes smartphone thermal imaging attachments for prices as low as $200 and smartphones with integrated thermal imagers in the $500 - $800 price range. 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.

 

In addition, new uncooled and cooled 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 include 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 based on new superlattice-based nBn/XBn detectors and T2SL (Type Two Superlattice) detectors are now available in the commercial market.

 

Applications for Short wave Infrared (SWIR) FPAs based on InGaAs continue to grow while new technologies, such as Colloidal Quantum Dots (CQD) are being introduced for cost-sensitive applications.

 

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 2026. Forecasts are provided separately for cooled and uncooled infrared imaging equipment in the following application areas: EST/Fever, Predictive Maintenance (electrical and mechanical condition monitoring), Building/HVAC Inspection, Process Control, Research & Development, Traditional Nondestructive Testing, Law Enforcement, Hunter’s Thermal Sights, Automotive Night Vision (including ADAS/Autonomous Vehicles), Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems, Firefighting, Surveillance/Security, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) and Consumer/Emerging (including smartphones). Dual-Use applications covered include Weapon Sights, Vehicle Sights, 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 Middle East.

 

Market shares of leading supplier companies are provided and Company Profiles for 59 companies worldwide are detailed. Market shares are given separately for suppliers of:

 

Commercial & Dual-Use Systems

 

Commercial-only Systems

 

Thermography

 

EST/Fever

 

Firefighting (for all types – handheld TiCs and SCBA-integrated TICs)

 

Firefighting (for handheld TICs only)

 

Security & Surveillance Systems

 

Uncooled FPAs/Modules

 

Uncooled InGaAs SWIR FPAs and Cameras

 

Enhanced SWIR (eSWIR)

 

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) Cameras

 

What’s new in this report?

 

  • Detailed analysis of EST/Fever market
  • Recent changes in the market shares for suppliers of Security Systems, Uncooled FPAs/Modules Firefighting Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs).
  • Market shares for suppliers of firefighting thermal imaging cameras (TICs) overall (including both handheld vs. SCBA-integrated in-mask versions) and separately for handhelds only.
  • Dramatic shifts expected in the EVS/EFVS market.
  • Update on the expected growth in automotive night vision including ADAS and Pedestrian Detection
  • Updates on market shares separately for SWIR and eSWIR (enhanced SWIR)
  • Detailed new analysis of the InGaAs market showing new players, their market shares, market growth and major application areas.
  • The emergence of new Colloidal Quantum Dot (CQD) detectors for SWIR applications.
  • An update of new cooled detector technologies, including Type II Superlattice (T2SL) and nBn/XBn in commercial applications

 

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 $5,600. 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 (2020) size of individual world product markets and application markets.
  • Five-year projections in over 19 product and application markets (2021 - 2026)
  • 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, ADAS, etc.)
  • The expected growth in new Consumer Thermal Imaging applications including Smartphone Thermal Imagers, Hunter’s Sights and Autonomous/Self-driving Cars
  • 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 59 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 TiOx)
  • SOI FPAs
  • Ferroelectric (Pyroelectric) Arrays
  • Thermopile/Thermoelectric Arrays
  • Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) short-wave arrays
  • Enhanced SWIR (eSWIR) Arrays
  • Colloidal Quantum Dot (CQD) SWIR 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), Family of Thermal Weapon Sights (FWS), Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG-B), Integrated Visual Enhancement System (IVAS), uncooled thermal binoculars, soldier sensors, airborne navigation and surveillance systems.

 

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
  • EST/Fever
  • Optical Gas Imaging (OGI)
  • Research & Development
  • Laser Beam Profiling
  • Nondestructive Testing
  • Automotive Night Vision
  • ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Firefighting
  • Homeland/Border Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security
  •  Hunter’s Thermal Sights
  •  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
  • Smartphone Thermal Imagers
  • Internet of Things (IOT)

 

Market Forecasts

Market sizes and forecasts from 2021 to 2026 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
  • EST/Fever
  • Optical Gas Imaging (OGI)
  • Law Enforcement/Personal Vision Systems
  • Hunter’s Thermal Sights/Scopes
  • Firefighting
  • 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 Soldier Sensors
  • Other.

 

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. The historical trend for geographic distribution over the last ten years.


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, EST/Fever, Firefighting, Security/surveillance, Uncooled FPAs/Modules, InGaAs FPAs and cameras and Optical Gas Imaging. A total of 59 company profiles are provided, including:

 

Advanced Energy Ind. (AEI)

 

AIM Infrarot-Module

 

Ametek/Land

 

Astronics/Max-Viz

 

Avon Protection/Argus

 

Axis Communications

 

BAE Systems

 

Bosch Security

 

Bullard

 

CMC Electronics

 

Clear Align

 

Collins Aerospace

 

Dali (Zhejiang Dali)

 

DIAS Infrared

 

Draeger

 

Elbit

 

Elbit Systems of America

 

FLIR Systems

 

Fluke

 

Guide Infrared

 

Hamamatsu

 

Heimann Sensor

 

Hensoldt Optronics

 

Hikvision

 

Honeywell International

 

Hood Technology

 

IRay

 

IRnova

 

JenOptik

 

L3Harris Technologies

 

L3Harris - Cincinnati

 

L3Harris Wescam

 

Leonardo DRS

 

Leonardo MW

 

Lockheed Martin

 

Lynred

 

Mine Safety Appliances

 

Mitsubishi Electric

 

NEC

 

Nippon Avionics

 

North GuangWei (GWIC)

 

Opgal

 

Qioptiq

 

QmagiQ

 

Raytheon Vision Systems

 

Rockwell Collins

 

Safran

 

SATIR

 

3M Scott

 

Seek Thermal

 

Semi-Conductor Devices (SCD)

 

Sensors Unlimited (Collins Aerospace)

 

Teledyne Imaging Sensors

 

Testo

 

Thales

 

Thermoteknix

 

Ulirvision

 

Xenics

 

Other companies included in the report: 3E EOS, 3XLogic, AeroVironment, Agilent, Agiltron, AIRS, Allied Vision Technologies, Amorphous Materials, Argo AI, Artray, Aselsan, ATN, Audi, Automation Technology GmbH, AVAL DATA, Avigilon, BMW, Ball Aerospace, Bayspec, Bendix, Bertin Technologies, BlueVision, Boeing Spectrolab, Bombardier, Bop, Bruker, Bullitt Group, CEA/Leti, CI Sys., Cantronic, Chino, Chunghwa Telecom, CohuHD Costar, Controp, CorDEX Instruments, Corning, Cox, Critical Imaging, Current Corp., CVI Melles Griot, Cyclone, Cypress Semiconductor, Dahua, Daimler, Dassault, DataRay, DeWalt, edevis GmbH, Edmund Optics, Electro Optical Industries, Embraer, EMX, EPIR Technologies, Equinox, Excelitas, Exergen, FJR, FedEx Express, Fermionics, First Light, Fisba Optik, Fortive, Fraunhofer Institut, IRISYS, Fujitsu, GCS-Global Communications, GHOPTO, Ganz, General Monitors, GST, Gulfstream, HGH Infrared Systems, Hanwha Techwin, Headwall Photonics, HEICO, HGH Infrared, Heimann Sensor, Honda, Horiba, HurleyIR, IAI-Elta, IEC Infrared, INO, Infrared Cameras Inc. (ICI), Infrared Labs, InfraRed Materials, InfraRedx, InfraTec, IntelliEPi, Intevac, Invisage, IRCameras, IRCAM, IRISYS, ISP Optics, IR Labs, JPL, Janos Technology, Keii, Keysight Technologies, Kinghome, KIRO-CH Photonics, KLA-Tencor, Kongsberg, Lapis Semiconductor, Leader Photonics, 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, NIP, 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, Palmer Wahl, Panasonic, PerkinElmer, Photon etc., Princeton Infrared Technologies, Princeton Lightwave, Quantum Focus Instruments, Quantum Imaging, Qwake Technologies, QWIP Technologies, Rafael, Raptor Photonics, Rebellion Photonics, Rochester Precision Optics, Rolls Royce, RTI International, RVision, SKF, Santa Barbara Focalplane, Santa Barbara Infrared, Sarnoff, Schott, Seiko NPC, Siemens, Sierra Olympic, Sig Sauer, SightLogiX, Silent Sentinel, SiOnyx, Skywater Technology, Snell Group, St. Jude Medical, Sumitomo Electric, SWIR Vision Systems, Telops, Thermal Imaging Radar, Thermal Wave Imaging, Thermoconcept, ThermoFisher Scientific, Torrey Pines Logic, Toshiba, TowerJazz, Trijicon, Trueview EVS,  Umicore, Vision Sensing, Williamson, Yukon Optical, 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 6.1 EST/Fever screening systems

 

Table 7.1 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR WORLDWIDE COMMERCIAL & DUAL-USE INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT

 

Table 7.2 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE COOLED INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT BY APPLICATION (NORTH AMERICA)

 

Table 7.3 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE COOLED INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT BY APPLICATION (REST OF WORLD)

 

Table 7.4 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE UNCOOLED INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT BY APPLICATION (NORTH AMERICA)

 

Table 7.5 FIVE YEAR MARKET FORECAST FOR COMMERCIAL AND DUAL-USE UNCOOLED INFRARED IMAGING EQUIPMENT BY APPLICATION (REST OF WORLD)

 

Table 7.6  INFRARED Markets by Geographic Region OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS

 

Table 8.1 RECENT COMPANY CHANGES   (ACQUISITIONS, NEW COMPANIES, COMPANY NEWS)

 

Table 8.2 RECENT COMPANY CHANGES (continued)  (ACQUISITIONS, NEW COMPANIES, COMPANY NEWS)

 

Table 8.3 Worldwide Market Shares for Suppliers of Commercial and Dual-Use Infrared Imaging Equipment

 

Table 8.4 Worldwide Market Shares for Suppliers of Commercial-ONLY Infrared Imaging Equipment

 

Table 8.5 Worldwide Market Shares for Suppliers of  UNCOOLED THERMOGRAPHY Equipment

 

Table 8.6 EST/FEVER Market Shares  of Microbolometer Suppliers

 

Table 8.7  WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers  of  THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS (TIC)  FOR FIREFIGHTING

 

Table 8.8  U.S. Market Shares for Suppliers  of  thermal IMAGING CAMERAS (TIC)  FOR FIREFIGHTING

 

Table 8.9  WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers  of  HANDHELD thermal IMAGING CAMERAS (TIC)  FOR FIREFIGHTING

 

Table 8.10  WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers  of  INFRARED IMAGING CAMERAS AND SYSTEMS USED  FOR SECURITY/SURVEILLANCE

 

Table 8.11 WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers  of  UNCOOLED FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND MODULES

 

Table 8.12 WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers  of  InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND MODULES.

 

Table 8.13 COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS   of  InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND CAMERAS

 

Table 8.14 MARKET GROWTH PROJECTIONS   FOR  InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND CAMERAS ($, Millions)

 

Table 8.15 MARKET SHARES   FOR  SUPPLIERS OF ENHANCED SWIR (eSWIR) FPAS

 

Table 8.16 MARKET SHARES   FOR  SUPPLIERS OF OPTICAL GAS IMAGING EQUIPMENT

 

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