Sensors to 2016

Published: November 2012
No. of Pages: 335

This study analyzes the US sensors industry. It presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by sensor type (e.g., process variable, physical property, proximity and positioning, electrical property, chemical property, imaging) and market (e.g., motor vehicles, industrial, military/aerospace, medical, electronic security, consumer electrical and electronic, information technology). The study also considers market environment factors, reviews technology, evaluates company market share and profiles industry competitors.

US demand to rise 6.1% annually through 2016

US sales of sensors are forecast to climb at a 6.1 percent annual rate through 2016 to $14.9 billion, showing significant improvement over market performance between 2006 and 2011. Demand will be fueled by rebounds in motor vehicle and machinery production, government mandates requiring all new light vehicles to be equipped with electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring systems, and growth in process manufacturers’ shipments. Further development of and new applications for technologies like microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), optoelectronics, and photoelectronics will also help bolster sensor sales. However, the maturity of many sensor markets and improved fabrication techniques that have led to increased sensing abilities at lower costs will temper value gains. In addition, the manufacture of many sensor-laden products, such as consumer electronic devices, has moved overseas, which will further limit market advances.

Chemical property sensors among fastest growing

Process variable sensors will remain the largest product category in dollar terms in 2016, while chemical property sensors and proximity and positioning sensors will post the fastest growth. Chemical sensor sales will be boosted by technological advances that have resulted in smaller, more precise sensors at lower costs, allowing them to be used for additional applications in existing markets, as well as in a number of new markets. The rebound in motor vehicle production, and an expected increase in aftermarket demand for engine oxygen sensors, will provide growth opportunities for chemical sensors used in vehicle emission systems. Proximity and positioning sensor demand will be spurred by output gains for motor vehicles, where these devices are important components in active safety systems like electronic stability control. The renewed strength in shipments of machinery, another important market for proximity and positioning sensors, will also support sales gains.


Motor vehicles to reclaim position as largest market

In 2011, industrial applications overtook motor vehicles to become the largest major sensor market due to still low levels of motor vehicle production compared to earlier peaks. However, thanks to a continuing rebound in motor vehicle output and new, sensor-heavy systems — including cylinder deactivation, direct fuel injection, electronic stability control, roll-over protection, tire pressure monitoring, and variable-valve timing systems — motor vehicles will once again become the leading sensor market, accounting for over half of all dollar gains between 2011 and 2016.


Profiles 39 industry competitors such as Emerson Electric, Honeywell, Northrup Grumman, Robert Bosch, Schneider Electric and Sensata

Additional Information

This study analyzes the US market for sensor products, defined as sensors, associated transducers, and housing. The specific products covered are process variable sensors (pressure, temperature, flow and level, humidity, etc.), physical property sensors (speed, motion, load and force, vibration and shock, etc.), proximity and positioning sensors, electrical property sensors (voltage, current, resistance, etc.), chemical property sensors (gas detectors and other types), imaging sensors, and sensors measuring various miscellaneous properties (acoustics/sound, altitude, color, contraband, lighting conditions, smoke, etc.). Excluded from the scope of the study are biosensors, as well as the value of electronic subsystems, instrumentation, or other types of larger products into which sensors and transducers are installed. Historical and forecast demand by end user/application (motor vehicles, industrial, military/aerospace, medical, electronic security, consumer electronics, information technology, and others) are also provided.

The study places the sensor market in context through an in-depth overview of market environment conditions. In addition to providing economic background, the Market Environment section examines market volatility and pricing patterns, and discusses international activity and foreign trade. A section is devoted to providing a technology overview on sensors. Finally, the study is concluded with an analysis of the industry structure, market share, and the key industry competitive variables, as well as profiles of representative companies within the industry.

Historical data (2001, 2006, and 2011) and forecasts to the years 2016 and 2021 are provided for demand, shipments and net imports for the sensor product category as a whole. Historical data and forecasts for detailed product classifications and markets are presented as sales in current dollars. As used in this study, the term “shipment” includes all production from US manufacturing sites that is then shipped to both US and foreign markets. The term “demand” – - used interchangeably with “market,” “sales,” and “consumption” — is defined as all shipments from US plants, plus imports, minus exports. Tabular details may not add to totals due to independent rounding, and some ratios are based on unrounded numbers. Throughout the study, demand for sensors is related to various indicators for comparative purposes and to facilitate further analysis. Macroeconomic and demographic indicators in this study were obtained from The Freedonia Group Consensus Forecasts dated August 2012. Because of the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ use of chain-weighted price indexes, inflationadjusted Gross Domestic Product components (2005 dollars) do not necessarily add to the total.

A wide variety of primary and secondary sources were used in the compilation of this report, including government publications, industry participants, online databases and other Freedonia studies. Historical data are based on US Bureau of the Census figures, including the Annual Survey of Manufactures. These base and supporting data were adjusted as necessary in light of consultation with personnel of participating companies and other industry contacts. Secondary data and background information were obtained from various trade publications, including Appliance, Automotive News, Sensors, Sensors & Transducers, and Test & Measurement World. Corporate annual reports, SEC Form 10-K filings, product catalogs, and other companyprovided information were used extensively in framing the industry environment and as input for market size assessment.



Sensors to 2016




General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Personal Income & Expenditure Patterns 8
Fixed Investment Outlook 11
Manufacturing Outlook 14
Electrical & Electronic Sector Outlook 18
Historical Market Trends 20
Pricing Patterns 22
Legal & Regulatory Trends 24
International Environment 26
World Supply & Demand 27
Trends in US Foreign Trade 29
Imports 30
Exports 32

General 34
Sensor Technology 35
Electrical & Magnetic 38
Photoelectric & Optoelectronic 40
Mechanical 42
Sonic & Ultrasonic 44
Other 45
Advanced Sensor Technologies 46
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) 46
Smart Sensors & Smart Dust 48
Nanotechnology 50
Electronic Noses & Tongues 51
Telematics 53

General 56
Process Variable Sensors 59
Pressure Sensors 61
Differential & Gauge 64
Vacuum & Absolute 64
Temperature Sensors 65
Thermocouples 67
Thermistors 68
Resistance Temperature Detectors 69
Other 70
Flow & Level Sensors 71
Ultrasonic & Electromagnetic 73
Mass Flow 74
Differential Pressure 75
Other 76
Other Process Variable Sensors 77
Physical Property Sensors 79
Speed Sensors 81
Motion Sensors 84
Other 88
Proximity & Positioning Sensors 91
Chemical Property Sensors 93
Electrical Property Sensors 97
Imaging Sensors 99
Other Sensors & Transducers 103

General 106
Industrial 109
Process Manufacturing Outlook 110
Process Control Sensor Market 113
Machinery Outlook 115
Machinery Sensor Market 117
Motor Vehicles 119
Motor Vehicle Outlook 121
Automotive Electronics Demand 124
Motor Vehicle Sensor Market 127
Demand by Sensor Type 130
Demand by Motor Vehicle System 132
Engine & Drivetrain 134
Safety & Security 137
Emissions Control 141
Other 144
Military/Aerospace 147
Military/Aerospace Sector Outlook 147
Military/Aerospace Sensor Market 149
Electronic Security 152
Electronic Security Outlook 153
Electronic Security Sensor Market 155
Medical 158
Health Care Sector Outlook 159
Medical Sensor Market 162
Consumer Electrical & Electronic Products 164
Consumer Electrical & Electronic Industry Outlook 165
Consumer Electrical & Electronic Sensor Market 166
Household Appliances 167
Consumer Electronics 169
Information Technology 170
Information Technology Outlook 171
Information Technology Sensor Market 172
Other Markets 174

General 177
Industry Composition 178
Market Share & Leading Producers 181
Research & Product Development 186
Manufacturing 188
Financial Issues & Requirements 190
Marketing & Distribution 191
Cooperative Agreements 192
Mergers & Acquisitions 195
Company Profiles 198
AMETEK Incorporated 199
Analog Devices Incorporated 204
Argon ST, see Boeing
Ashcroft, see Nagano Keiki
Autoliv Incorporated 206
Avago Technologies Limited 208
Banner Engineering Corporation 210
Boeing Company 213
Bosch (Robert) GmbH 215
Celesco Transducer Products, see Measurement
ChemTreat, see Danaher
Continental AG 219
Cosense, see Measurement Specialties
CSI Technology, see Emerson Electric
Custom Sensors and Technologies, see Schneider Electric
Danaher Corporation 223
Delphi Automotive plc 226
DENSO Corporation 229
Eaton Corporation 232
Emerson Electric Company 234
EnTire Solutions, see TRW Automotive Holdings
Eureka Environmental Instrumentation, see Measurement
Fisher Controls International, see Emerson Electric
Ford Motor Company 238
Freescale Semiconductor Incorporated 240
Gems Sensors, see Danaher
General Electric Company 242
Gentech International, see Measurement Specialties
Goodrich, see United Technologies
Hach, see Danaher
Heraeus Holding GmbH 245
Honeywell International Incorporated 248
Invensys plc 255
Johnson Controls Incorporated 257
L-3 Communications Corporation 259
Measurement Specialties Incorporated 260
Micro Motion, see Emerson Electric
Nagano Keiki Company Limited 265
NAMCO Controls, see Danaher
NGK Spark Plug Company Limited 267
Northrop Grumman Corporation 269
OMRON Corporation 273
Optek Technology, see TT electronics
PerkinElmer Incorporated 276
Raytheon Company 279
Rockwell Automation Incorporated 282
Rosemount Analytical, see Emerson Electric
Schneider Electric SA 284
Sensata Technologies BV 288
Siemens AG 291
Stoneridge Incorporated 295
TE Connectivity Limited 296
Therm-O-Disc, see Emerson Electric
TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation 299
TT electronics plc 302
United Technologies Corporation 304
Vishay Intertechnology Incorporated 307
Visteon Corporation 309
ZF Friedrichshafen AG 310
Additional Companies in the Study 312

Summary Table 3

1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Personal Consumption Expenditures 11
3 Private Fixed Investment 14
4 Manufacturers’ Shipments 17
5 Electrical & Electronic Product Shipments 19
6 Sensor Market, 2001-2011 21
7 World Sensor Demand by Region 28
8 US Foreign Trade in Sensors 30

1 Sensor Demand by Technology 37
2 Microelectromechanical Systems Demand 48

1 Sensor Supply & Demand 58
2 Process Variable Sensor Demand by Type 60
3 Pressure Sensor Demand 63
4 Temperature Sensor Demand 67
5 Flow & Level Sensor Demand 73
6 Other Process Variable Sensor Demand 79
7 Physical Property Sensor Demand by Type 80
8 Speed Sensor Demand 84
9 Motion Sensor Demand 88
10 Other Physical Property Sensor Demand 90
11 Proximity & Positioning Sensor Demand by Type 93
12 Chemical Property Sensor Demand 96
13 Electrical Property Sensor Demand by Type 99
14 Imaging Sensor Demand by Type 103
15 Other Sensor Demand 105

1 Sensor Demand by Market 108
2 Industrial Sensor Market 110
3 Process Manufacturers’ Shipments 113
4 Process Control Sensor Market 115
5 Machinery Shipments 117
6 Machinery Sensor Market 119
7 Motor Vehicle Indicators 124
8 OEM Automotive Electronics Market 127
9 Motor Vehicle Sensor Market by Type & System 130
10 Selected Sensors in Motor Vehicles by System & Sensor Type 133
11 Motor Vehicle Engine & Drivetrain Sensor Market 137
12 Motor Vehicle Safety & Security System Sensor Market 141
13 Motor Vehicle Emissions Control Sensor Market 144
14 Other Motor Vehicle System Sensor Market 146
15 Aerospace Equipment Shipments & National Defense
Expenditures 149
16 Military/Aerospace Sensor Market 152
17 Electronic Security Product Shipments 155
18 Electronic Security Sensor Market 158
19 Health Care Indicators 162
20 Medical Sensor Market 164
21 Consumer Electrical & Electronic Product Shipments 166
22 Consumer Electrical & Electronic Sensor Market 167
23 Household Appliance Sensor Market 168
24 Consumer Electronics Sensor Market 170
25 Information Technology Equipment Shipments 172
26 Information Technology Sensor Market 174
27 Other Sensor Market 176

1 US Sensor Sales by Company, 2011 180
2 Research & Development Spending Patterns:
Selected Sensor Manufacturers, 2009-2011 188
3 Capital Spending Patterns: Selected Sensor Manufacturers,
2009-2011 190
4 Selected Cooperative Agreements 194
5 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 197


1 Sensor Market, 2001-2011 22
2 Sensor Price Deflator, 2001-2021 24
3 US Sensor Imports by Source, 2011 31
4 US Sensor Exports by Destination, 2011 33

1 Sensor Demand by Technology, 2011 37

1 Sensor Demand by Type, 2001-2021 59
2 Process Variable Sensor Demand by Type, 2011 61
3 Physical Property Sensor Demand by Type, 2011 81

1 Sensor Demand by Market, 2011 108
2 Motor Vehicle Sensor Demand by Type, 2001-2021 131
3 Motor Vehicle Sensor Demand by System, 2001-2021 134

1 US Sensor Market Share, 2011 182

Published By: Freedonia Group
Product Code: Freedonia Group155

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