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Ultrasonic Sensors - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

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  • 120 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4535831
The Ultrasonic Sensors Market size is estimated at USD 6.54 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 10.11 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 9.08% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Key Highlights

  • Ultrasonic sensors are widely utilized for non-contact detection of solid and liquid state objects. These sensors operate at frequencies higher than 20 kHz, above the sonic range audible to humans. Widely used in robots, autonomous guided vehicles, and drones, ultrasonic sensors are common in a range of applications. Ultrasonic sensors provide relatively precise measurements, with errors usually within 1%. They can make many measurements per second, yielding quick refresh rates. Additionally, they are usually quite cheap because they do not need rare materials.
  • The growth of the market studied is positive and is anticipated to grow enormously due to the emergence of enhanced applications in high-growth sectors like automotive, healthcare, and machine handling, along with the fingerprint-based application that is gaining momentum in consumer products. These sensors deliver better price performance than other sensors by relying on economies of scale advantages.
  • Owing to their real-time visualization ability, sensors can also be used for tissue biopsy sampling or therapeutics while locating target organs. These sensors are also used to diagnose internal organs, including the kidneys, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder, or to observe pregnant women's fetal growth and health condition.
  • Automotive functions like cruise control, driver assistance, and anti-theft systems use ultrasonic sensors. Additionally, they are also being used in various applications for distance measurement in the material handling sectors. Ultrasonic sensor manufacturers have offered multiple variants of ultrasonic sensors with additional capabilities like open structures, waterproofing, and external casing to reduce damage. Thus, ultrasonic sensors will also witness a proportional rise with the expected increase in ADAS systems.
  • The market is witnessing product developments and research. For instance, in Nov 2022, Ultraleap developed a new ultrasonic sensor and transducer for virtual reality systems for the metaverse and touchless controllers in vehicles. Such initiatives by various companies and organizations are expected to contribute to the increase in the demand for ultrasonic sensors in the market.
  • However, the limited detection range of the ultrasonic sensors could restrict their effectiveness in certain applications where a wider range of detection is required. They may also have certain technological limitations, like susceptibility to interface from environmental factors like temperature, humidity, etc. These limitations can affect the reliability and accuracy of the sensor readings.
  • Further, ultrasonic sensors can be relatively expensive compared to other types of sensors. This cost factor might be a restraint for some businesses or industries, especially when large-scale deployment of sensors is required.

Ultrasonic Sensors Market Trends

Automotive Industry to Create Huge Demand for Ultrasonic Sensors

  • With the increasing production and sales of automobiles and increased customer expenditures, the automobile industry is expected to contribute to global growth opportunities for the Global Ultrasonic Sensors Market. For instance, according to OICA, the motor vehicle production volume in India in 2022 was approximately 5.5 million motor vehicles, an increase from 4.4 million in 2021.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is witnessing increased sales of automobiles. For instance, according to the ASEAN Automotive Federation, in 2022, around 352.6 thousand motor vehicles were sold in the Philippines, an increase from 268.49 thousand in 2021.
  • Ultrasonic sensors offer several applications in the automotive sector, such as parking assistance, safety alarms, collision avoidance, object detection, and automatic braking systems. They play an essential role in developing driver assistance and self-driving systems.
  • Ultrasonic sensors are also used to measure the distance of objects. These sensors with long-range radar capabilities are now being integrated with the cruise control systems of automobiles to avoid collisions between vehicles. They are also used at the rear end for detecting distances, parking assistance, and automobile braking control.
  • These sensors are used in onboard sensing systems in cars with autonomous and advanced features. These systems rely on ultrasonic sensors for measuring the relative distances of objects from the vehicle.
  • Additionally, sensor vendors offer several ultrasonic sensors with increased capabilities like open structures, waterproofing, and external casing to reduce damage. Thus, ultrasonic sensors may witness proportional demand growth with the expected hike in ADAS systems.
  • Moreover, automotive manufacturers are integrating automation technology to increase consumers' comfort, convenience, and safety. The increasing penetration of self-driving cars and the installation of collision detection systems to prevent automobiles are anticipated to accelerate the demand for ultrasonic sensors around the globe.

Asia-Pacific to Account for a Significant Share in the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is a major manufacturer and consumer in the ultrasonic sensors market. Market penetration is relatively high in this region, and several automotive and manufacturing giants are boosting the market.
  • According to the 13th Five-Year Plan of Smart Manufacturing, China is aiming to establish its intelligent manufacturing system and transform critical industries by 2025. At the 2020 National People's Congress, the CCP announced that, in addition to doubling down on its China Standards 2035 and Made in China 2025 initiatives, it might spend approximately USD 1.4 trillion on a digital infrastructure public spending program.
  • China's New Infrastructure initiative presents several opportunities for global companies. Thus, the adoption of ultrasonic sensors in different sectors, such as automotive and industrial, is expected to grow, boosting the market's growth in the region.
  • Players in the region are focusing on product innovation. For instance, a Xiamen, Fujian Province, China-based company, Ursalink, developed an IoT-level measurement solution working with its MB7380 (5m) and MB7383 (10m) ultrasonic sensors. Ursalink offers ultrasonic-level sensors.
  • The presence of multiple automobile manufacturers and the electronic product manufacturing industry makes Japan a significant region for the market studied. The increasing focus of governments on deploying autonomous vehicles is also expected to create scope for the market. Japan's National Policy Agency announced it would lift the ban preventing SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles from operating on Japanese roads. The policy change will allow autonomous vehicles to operate in a limited capacity from April 2023. The country aims to offer mobility services using Level 4 AVs in 40 areas by 2025 and in more than 100 areas by 2030.
  • The 'Make in India' program places India on the world map as a manufacturing hub and gives global recognition to the Indian economy. Moreover, India's government aims for a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025, of which manufacturing may be worth USD 1 trillion. The convergence of flagship programs, such as Make in India with Skill India and Digital India, may be key to achieving this goal, thereby driving the country's market.
  • The other countries considered in the Asia-Pacific region are South Korea, Indonesia, and Taiwan. The substantial presence in the semiconductor industry and South Korea's efforts to increase the manufacturing of semiconductors, electronics, and components are projected to contribute to the country's market share of ultrasonic sensors.

Ultrasonic Sensors Industry Overview

The ultrasonic sensors market is highly competitive and fragmented. The players in the market are engaging in research to achieve a competitive edge by offering innovative products. Some of the key players in the market are Siemens AG, Pepperl+Fuchs, Honeywell International Inc., Baumer Ltd., Rockwell Automation, and Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
  • In February 2023, PiL Sensoren GmbH customized a novel model variant of the proven sensor series P47. The high-precision ultrasonic sensors are predestined for basic applications like distance and level measurements in the measuring range of up to 5,000mm. They also provide reliable detection of even small objects due to their sound intensity.
  • In February 2022, Migatron Corp., a prominent USA ultrasonic sensor manufacturer, launched two new sensor models aimed at displacement measurement and proximity detection tasks for production line applications like high-speed counting, liquid level, and many other areas of process control.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
3.1 Market Overview
3.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
3.2.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers
3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.2.4 Threat of Substitutes
3.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
3.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.4 An Assessment of the Impact of Key Macroeconomic Trends
4.1 Market Drivers
4.1.1 Applications over Diverse Industrial Areas
4.1.2 Increasing demand for autonomous safety systems in vehicles
4.2 Market Restraints
4.2.1 Operational Issues and Technological Limitations
4.2.2 High Cost
5.1 By Technology
5.1.1 Bulk Piezoelectric Transducer
5.1.2 Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers (MUT)
5.2 By End-user Vertical
5.2.1 Automotive
5.2.2 Consumer
5.2.3 Industrial
5.2.4 Medical
5.2.5 Other End-user Verticals
5.3 By Geography
5.3.1 North America United States Canada
5.3.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Rest of Europe
5.3.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.4 Rest of the World
6.1 Company Profiles
6.1.1 Keyence Corporation
6.1.2 Pepperl+Fuchs AG
6.1.3 Honeywell International Inc.
6.1.4 Baumer Ltd
6.1.5 Rockwell Automation Inc.
6.1.6 Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd
6.1.7 Omron Corporation
6.1.8 Sick AG
6.1.9 Banner Engineering Corp.
6.1.10 Balluff Inc.
6.1.11 Robert Bosch GmbH
6.1.12 Qualcomm Incorporated
6.1.13 TDK Corporation
6.1.14 Sensata Technologies
6.1.15 TE Connectivity

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Keyence Corporation
  • Pepperl+Fuchs AG
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Baumer Ltd
  • Rockwell Automation Inc.
  • Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd
  • Omron Corporation
  • Sick AG
  • Banner Engineering Corp.
  • Balluff Inc.
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Qualcomm Incorporated
  • TDK Corporation
  • Sensata Technologies
  • TE Connectivity