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US Chemical Sensors Market

  • September 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 284 pages

US demand to reach $1.9 billion in 2017

US chemical sensor demand will increase nearly five percent per year to nearly $1.9 billion in 2017. A continued rebound in light vehicle production, along with the increasing use of advanced, higher cost universal exhaust gas oxygen (UEGO) sensors to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and performance, will drive advances. Growth will also be supported by healthy increases in medical chemical sensor demand as the continued aging of the baby boomer generation leads to above average growth in the diagnosis of diabetes and other chronic conditions.

More broadly, gains across the entire industry will be supported by strong unit volume demand as lower average prices for most product types, and improved chemical sensor performance due to technology advancements, encourage expanded sensor use and facilitate the development of new applications and markets.

Fuel economy requirements to drive motor vehicle market

Changes within the motor vehicle industry will have the greatest impact on chemical sensor demand going forward. The increased use of gasoline direct injection and turbocharged engines by vehicle manufacturers in an effort to comply with federal corporate average fuel economy requirements will necessitate the expanded use of higher cost UEGO sensors that allow engines to achieve both higher performance and better fuel efficiency. The shift in product mix toward the higher cost oxygen sensors, as well as the increased adoption of cabin air quality sensors, and robust increases in nitrogen oxide and ammonia sensor demand due to the strong rebound in medium and heavy duty truck production, will all support the strong gains in the motor vehicle market and chemical sensors overall.

Glucose monitors to support medical market

While most of the increases in electrochemical sensor demand will come from the motor vehicle market, growth will also be supported by the medical market. The aging of the baby boomer generation will fortify above average increases in new diabetes diagnoses and demand for portable blood glucose monitors. Rising medical chemical sensor demand will also reflect the development of new applications and the healthcare industry’s increased reliance on testing and benchmarks as a means of not only improving patient care, but also reigning in rising health care costs.

Optical, semiconductor sensors to grow the fastest

Optical chemical sensor demand will rise at a strong pace. The increased usage of demand control ventilation in commercial properties and the greater adoption of cabin air quality systems in motor vehicles will drive the gains. Acceleration in chemical sensor demand growth in most environmental monitoring applications due to an expanding economy and the ongoing tightening of air and water quality standards will also support advances. However, even faster growth for optical sensors will be limited by declines in automobile emissions testing due to the falling number of vehicles that need to be tested via the tailpipe.

The fastest growth, albeit from a small base, will be realized by semiconductor sensors, which will benefit from better performance and low cost. In particular, growth in semiconductor sensors will, like optical sensors, be driven by the rising adoption of automobile cabin air quality control systems.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Chemical Sensors, is priced at $5100. It presents historical demand data (2002, 2007 and 2012) plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product, analyte and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 industry players.

Table Of Contents

US Chemical Sensors Market




General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic Trends 9
Health Care Industry Outlook 12
Manufacturing Outlook 15
Motor Vehicle Outlook 19
Pollution Control Outlook 23
Sensor Industry Overview 25
Pricing Trends 28
Regulatory and Environmental Issues 31
Environmental Regulations 32
Motor Vehicle Emissions 35
Industrial Safety Regulations 36
Medical Regulations 37
Defense and Security Regulations 38
Food Safety Regulations 39
International Activity and Foreign Trade 40


General 42
Basic Sensor Technology 43
Chemical Sensor Technology 44
Electrochemical 46
Optical 48
Infrared 48
Photoionization 49
Emergent Technologies 50
Pellistor/Catalytic Bead 51
Semiconductor 52
Other Sensor Technologies 53
MEMS, Microsystems, and Nanotechnology 56
Biomimetics 57
Electronic Noses 59
Electronic Tongues 60


General 62
Electrochemical Sensors 64
Potentiometric Sensors 66
Analytes 67
Markets 69
Suppliers and Market Share 70
Amperometric Sensors 71
Analytes 73
Markets 74
Suppliers and Market Share 75
Conductometric Sensors 76
Other Electrochemical Sensors 78
Optical Sensors 79
Infrared Sensors 81
Analytes and Markets 84
Suppliers 85
Other Optical Sensors 86
Types 87
Suppliers 89
Optical Sensor Market Share 91
Semiconductor Sensors 92
Analytes and Markets 94
Suppliers and Market Share 94
Pellistor/Catalytic Bead Sensors 96
Analytes and Markets 97
Suppliers and Market Share 98
Other Chemical Sensors 100


General 103
Gases 104
Oxygen 108
Toxic Gases 111
Combustible Gases 112
Other Gases 114
Carbon Dioxide 115
Refrigerant Gases 116
Volatile Organic Compounds 116
Ozone 118
Liquids and Solids 119
pH 120
Dissolved Gases 123
Oxidation-Reduction Potential 124
Carbohydrates 126
Other Liquids and Solids 128


General 130
Industrial 133
Motor Vehicles 135
Oxygen Sensors 137
Other Motor Vehicle Sensors 140
Process Industries 143
Food and Beverage Processing Industry 145
Chemical Processing Industry 147
Other Process Industries 149
HVAC and Other Equipment 150
Environmental Monitoring 152
Industrial Safety and Emissions 154
Industrial Safety Systems 155
Emissions Monitoring 156
Water and Wastewater 157
Automotive Emissions Testing 159
Other Environmental Monitoring 160
Medical 162
Defense and Homeland Security 165
Other Markets 168


General 171
Industry Composition 171
Market Share 175
Competitive Strategies 179
Research and Development 179
Product or Market Focus 181
Low-Cost Position 182
Acquisitions and Divestitures 183
Marketing and Distribution 186
Company Profiles 188
Aanderaa Data Instruments, see Xylem
ABB Limited 189
Alpha MOS SA 192
Alphasense Limited 195
AMETEK Incorporated 197
Bosch (Robert) GmbH 199
City Technology, see Honeywell International
Delphi Automotive plc 201
Delphian Corporation 203
DENSO Corporation 205
Detector Electronics, see United Technologies
Draegerwerk AG and Company KGaA 207
Emerson Electric Company 209
e2v technologies plc 211
General Electric Company 212
Groveley Detection, see Emerson Electric
Halma plc 215
Heraeus Holding GmbH 218
Honeywell International Incorporated 220
Horiba Limited 225
Industrial Scientific Corporation 228
International Sensor Technology 231
Johnson and Johnson 233
Kidde Aerospace and Defense, see United Technologies
Los Gatos Research, see ABB
Mine Safety Appliances Company 235
Nemoto and Company Limited 238
NGK Spark Plug Company Limited 240
Nipro Corporation 242
Nova Biomedical Corporation 244
Novatech Controls Pty Limited 246
Oldham, see Industrial Scientific
Polymer Technology Systems Incorporated 247
RAE Systems, see Honeywell International
Roche Holding Limited 250
Rosemount Analytical, see Emerson Electric
SGX Sensortech Limited 255
Siemens AG 257
Smiths Group plc 259
Spectris plc 261
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated 264
Thermo Fisher Scientific Incorporated 267
Tokuyama Corporation 270
United Technologies Corporation 272
Vaisala Oyj 276
VTI-Valtronics Incorporated 278
Wissenschaftlich-Technische Werkstätten, see Xylem
Xylem Incorporated 279
YSI, see Xylem
Other Sensor Industry Participants 283



Summary Table 3


1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Population and Households 12
3 National Health Expenditures by Category 15
4 Manufacturers' Shipments 19
5 Motor Vehicle Indicators 23
6 Pollution Control Equipment Expenditures 25
7 Total Sensor Demand 27
8 Chemical Sensor Prices 30


1 Chemical Sensor Demand by Type 63
2 Electrochemical Sensor Demand 66
3 Potentiometric Electrochemical Sensor Demand 67
4 Potentiometric Electrochemical Sensor Demand by Analyte 68
5 Potentiometric Electrochemical Sensor Demand by Market 70
6 Amperometric Electrochemical Sensor Demand 73
7 Conductometric Electrochemical Sensor Demand 78
8 Other Electrochemical Sensor Demand 79
9 Optical Chemical Sensor Demand 81
10 Infrared Chemical Sensor Demand 83
11 Other Optical Chemical Sensor Demand by Analyte and Market 87
12 Other Optical Chemical Sensor Demand by Type 89
13 Semiconductor Sensor Demand 93
14 Pellistor/Catalytic Bead Sensor Demand 97
15 Other Chemical Sensor Demand 102


1 Chemical Sensor Demand by Analyte 104
2 Gas Sensor Demand 107
3 Oxygen Sensor Demand 111
4 Toxic Gas Sensor Demand 112
5 Combustible Gas Sensor Demand 114
6 Other Gas Sensor Demand 115
7 Liquid and Solid Phase Chemical Sensor Demand 120
8 pH Sensor Demand 122
9 Dissolved Gas Sensor Demand 124
10 Oxidation-Reduction Potential Sensor Demand 126
11 Carbohydrate Sensor Demand 128
12 Other Liquid and Solid Phase Chemical Sensor Demand 129


1 Chemical Sensor Demand by Market 132
2 Industrial Market for Chemical Sensors 135
3 Motor Vehicle Market for Chemical Sensors 137
4 Motor Vehicle Oxygen Sensor Demand 140
5 Other Motor Vehicle Applications for Chemical Sensors 143
6 Process Industry Market for Chemical Sensors 145
7 Food and Beverage Processing Market for Chemical Sensors 147
8 Chemical Processing Market for Chemical Sensors 149
9 Other Processing Market for Chemical Sensors 150
10 HVAC and Other Industrial Markets for Chemical Sensors 152
11 Environmental Monitoring Market for Chemical Sensors 154
12 Industrial Safety and Emissions Market for Chemical Sensors 157
13 Water and Wastewater Monitoring Market for Chemical Sensors 159
14 Automotive Emissions Testing Market for Chemical Sensors 160
15 Other Environmental Monitoring Market for Chemical Sensors 162
16 Medical Market for Chemical Sensors 165
17 Defense and Homeland Security Market for Chemical Sensors 168
18 Other Markets for Chemical Sensors 170


1 Chemical Sensor Sales by Company, 2012 173
2 Research and Development Spending Patterns, 2010-2012:
Selected Sensor Manufacturers 181
3 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 185



1 Average Annualized Sensor Cost, 2012 31


1 Chemical Sensor Diagram 46


1 Chemical Sensor Demand by Type, 2012 64
2 Potentiometric Electrochemical Sensor Market Share, 2012 71
3 Amperometric Electrochemical Sensor Market Share, 2012 76
4 Optical Chemical Sensor Market Share, 2012 92
5 Semiconductor Sensor Market Share, 2012 96
6 Pellistor/Catalytic Bead Sensor Market Share, 2012 99


1 Gas Sensor Market Share, 2012 108


1 Chemical Sensor Demand by Market, 2012 133


1 Chemical Sensor Market Share, 2012 176

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