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MEMS drives gas sensors market for industrial apps in APAC

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:industrial application? MEMS? smart sensor?

According to Frost & Sullivan, advances in MEMS sensor technology and the proliferation of small, low-cost, high-performance sensors have pushed the gas sensors market for industrial applications in Asia-Pacific. The market research firm added that the growth will continue as the increasing use of integrated smart sensor systems will require equipment changes and upgrades, presenting vendors with a large replacement market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market earned revenues in the range of $50 to $60 milion in 2011 and estimates this to grow at a CAGR of 11.6 per cent till 2017. The research covers electrochemical, catalytic, infrared, photoionisation and solid-state sensors.

"End user focus on energy efficiency has increased the demand for gas sensors that can control ventilation levels in buildings, factories and manufacturing sites," said Frost & Sullivan measurement & instrumentation consulting analyst Nguyen Huong. "Revenues are expected to go up with the introduction of affordable gas sensors with ultra-low power consumption, high reproducibility, higher sensitivity, and on-chip circuit integration."

Consumers are looking for integrated smart sensor systems with rapid response and multi-measurement capabilities. The incorporation of sensors in handheld devices, including smartphones and tablets, and the availability of features such as interrupts and first-in/first-out (FIFO) functions that enhance gas sensor performance under harsh conditions will widen the application base.

Government concerns have led to legislations on industrial health and safety, further popularizing gas sensors. Devices with motion sensors that alert end users of a 'man down' situation, improved safety and rapid response to unforeseen incidents have become essential.

Despite these critical uses of traditional gas sensors in industrial applications, the trend of disposable user-friendly instruments with low maintenance costs could reduce market value. The rising prices of raw materials shrink profit margins, thereby curbing investments in research and development and hampering market growth.

"Leading gas sensor brands must strengthen their distribution channels to expand their market share in Asia-Pacific," concluded Huong. "They need to produce robust, reliable sensors that are capable of performing in challenging environments without false alarms."

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