In 2018, world commercial and dual-use infrared imaging markets grew by 9% in revenue. However, unit growth of uncooled systems was modest compared to the previous three years, which saw annual 30-40% unit growth.
Nonetheless, the infrared imaging market is expected to grow to over $8 billion by 2024 due to several market sub-segments.
The traditional major uncooled application markets include Predictive Maintenance, Building Inspection, R&D, Process Control, Nondestructive Testing (NDT), Firefighting, Automotive Night Vision, Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS/EFVS), Security/surveillance, Hunter’s Sights, Law Enforcement and dual-use uncooled sights (Weapon Sights, Vehicle Sights, etc.)
Some of the traditional application markets fared significantly better than others in 2018. 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 in the $600 - $1000 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.
Another emerging application is in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous/Self-driving cars where infrared recently attracted the interest of developers after several tragic accidents that could have been avoided by the use of thermal imaging
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 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 2024. 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, Hunter’s Thermal Sights, Automotive Night Vision, Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems, Firefighting, Surveillance/Security, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) and Consumer/Emerging (including smartphones and ADAS/Autonomous Vehicles). 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 60 companies worldwide are detailed. Market shares are given separately for suppliers of:
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The structure of the report:
Maxtech International®'s analysis of World Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Markets provides the following valuable market information:
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: 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:
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, 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:
Market sizes and forecasts from 2019 to 2024 are given for Infrared Imaging equipment. Forecasts are provided separately for cooled and uncooled infrared imaging equipment in the following application areas:
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, Firefighting, Security/surveillance, Uncooled FPAs/Modules, InGaAs FPAs and cameras, eSWIR FPAs and Optical Gas Imaging. A total of 60 company profiles are provided, including:
Dali (Zhejiang Dali)
Elbit Systems of America
Esterline CMC Electronics
L3 Space & Sensors (Cinc El.)
L3 Sensor Technologies (IRP)
Land Instruments Intl./Ametek
Mine Safety Appliances
North GuangWei (GWIC)
Raytheon Vision Systems
Semi-Conductor Devices (SCD)
Sensors Unlimited (Collins Aerospace)
Teledyne Imaging Sensors
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, Cobham (RVision), CohuHD Costar, 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, EPIR Technologies, Equinox, Excelitas, Exelis, Exergen, FJR, Fairchild Imaging, 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, IRay, IRCameras, IRCAM, IRISYS, ISP Optics, IR Labs, JPL, Janos Technology, Keii, Keysight Technologies, Kinghome, KIRO-CH Photonics, KLA-Tencor, Kongsberg, Lapis Semiconductor, Leader (Active 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 Instruments, Princeton Lightwave, Quantum Focus Instruments, Quantum Imaging, QWIP Technologies, Rafael, Raptor Photonics, Rebellion Photonics, Rochester Precision Optics, Rolls Royce, Roper Scientific, RTI International, 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, St. Johns Optical Systems, 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 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 (contd.) (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 WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers of THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS (TIC) FOR FIREFIGHTING
Table 8.7 U.S. Market Shares for Suppliers of thermal IMAGING CAMERAS (TIC) FOR FIREFIGHTING
Table 8.8 WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers of HANDHELD thermal IMAGING CAMERAS (TIC) FOR FIREFIGHTING
Table 8.9 WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers of INFRARED IMAGING CAMERAS AND SYSTEMS USED FOR SECURITY/SURVEILLANCE
Table 8.10 WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers of UNCOOLED FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND MODULES
Table 8.11 WORLDWIDE Market Shares for Suppliers of InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND MODULES
Table 8.12 COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS of InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND CAMERAS................................................................................
Table 8.13 MARKET GROWTH PROJECTIONS FOR InGaAs FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS AND CAMERAS ($, Millions)
Table 8.14 MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF ENHANCED SWIR (eSWIR) FPAS
Table 8.15 MARKET SHARES FOR SUPPLIERS OF OPTICAL GAS IMAGING EQUIPMENT
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