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Gas Detectors Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • ID: 4897231
  • Report
  • January 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 124 Pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
until Sep 30th 2021


  • Drägerwerk AG & Co KgaA
  • Emerson Electric Company
  • MSA Safety Inc.
  • Sensidyne LP
  • SENSIT Technologies, LLC
  • Trolex Ltd
  • MORE
The gas detectors market was valued at USD 2,722.9 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 3,324.39 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 3.37%, during the period from 2021 to 2026. The growing adoption of handheld devices drives the developments in the field of gas sensors, detectors, and analyzers, which has further expanded the scope of application across various end-user segments. Due to their chemical composition and properties, metal oxide gas sensors are well -suited for a broad range of applications such as the detection of all reactive gases. Depending on the material used and the gases that need to be detected, typical operating temperatures range between 300°C and 900°C. The key drivers boosting the market growth include the increasing demand for gas sensors and detectors in automobiles, the growing awareness of occupational hazards, and the incremental technological advancement across the gas sensors and detectors.
  • Presently, some of the major market vendors are developing products across detectors and analyzers with applications across clinical assaying, environmental emission control, explosive detection, agricultural storage, and shipping, along with workplace hazard monitoring. In January 2019, Firago Engineering Inc. launched its digital TGS8101 IAQ sensor for gas, temperature, and relative humidity, where the gas sensor consists of a metal oxide compound on a micro hot plate, developed for high operating temperatures, to detect VOCs and alcohol gas. Stringent government regulations have also resulted in the efficiency enhancement of combustion within the vehicle to limit the emission of harmful pollutants. This has further increased the adoption of gas sensors and detectors, therefore, gaining applications in providing real-time feedback to emission management systems of automobiles.
  • Wireless/portable gas detectors are also witnessing widespread adoption, owing to their reduced initial implementation costs and recurrent savings, regarding maintenance costs, through better workforce management, faster resources workflow, and improved safety. Moreover, the development of sensor capabilities and miniaturization, coupled with improved communication capabilities, enables the integration of IoT sensors into various devices and machines, without compromising the detection of toxic or flammable gases at safe distances. As IoT sensors' cost is also declining, industries dealing with hazardous/combustible materials have started integrating these sensors into their day-to-day operations to improve environmental safety and operational efficiency.
  • Governmental agencies have been taking proactive measures to enforce the use of gas detectors in potentially hazardous locations, where they are seen as a vital cog for triggering emergency procedures across industries in case of an abnormal rise in the concentration of gases that are actively used for monitoring the air quality and detection of combustible gases majorly in the chemical, industrial, medical, and automotive industries. With increased R&D efforts, along with the technological advancements by some of the prominent players, technologies such as tunable diode lasers (TDLA) is being developed, which detect and measure gases at a low density of air, thereby, offering several measurement advantages, such as highly stable calibration and less cross-interference from the presence of other gases.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic scenario has an immediate impact across major end-user industries of the market, including oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, water and wastewater, metal and mining, and utilities. The day-to-day operations are affected, and measures such as social distancing have forced enterprises to close access to their sites and maintain services with minimal staff. While the indirect impacts of COVID-19 are likely to be wide-ranging, measures to contain the virus from spreading have highlighted the importance of deploying these gas detectors in the industries. For instance, the deployment of gas detectors could have avoided the gas leak in Visakhapatnam, India. The leak happened at one of the two chemical tanks that had been left unattended since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Key Market Trends

Oil and Gas Sector is Expected to Hold Major Share
  • The growing demand for gas monitoring amenities, to notice the presence of harmful gases, is also anticipated to witness constant gas detector equipment market growth, particularly in the industrial segment. The deployment of IoT in the oil and gas industry has realized superior field communication, real-time monitoring, digital oil field infrastructure, condensed cost of maintenance, reduced power consumption, higher productivity, and heightened safety and security of assets and workforce. For instance, gas wastage is a critical issue that needs to be countered. LPG gas is extremely flammable and can inflict harm to life and property. Gas detectors, coupled with IoT, can play a substantial role in gas detection and block wastage of gasses, thus fueling the market's growth.
  • Additionally, World energy needs are anticipated to increase by around 40% between 2013 and 2030, particularly in developing nations, such as India and China, and the IEA (International Energy Agency) reported that the demand for oil and gas is projected to increase by 50% and 20%, respectively. Moreover, the discovery of oil reserves in countries like India and China and future investments in the exploration processes are expected to drive gas detectors' needs. The latest statistics released by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in the United States show that 28% of the accidents, like a spill, gas releases, fire, an explosion occurred in OCS offshore establishments, could have been handled by proper safety programs.
  • With the U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) approving offshore exploratory drilling in almost 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) acreage which comes under the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-24, the oil and gas industry in the region is expected to develop new opportunities for the studied market vendors. According to the RegData's Industry Regulation Index, the oil and gas extraction industry is among the top-10 most regulated industries in the United States. Regulations, such as the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which engages in the enforcement of safety and environmental protection regulations for offshore oil and natural gas industry in the United States, are prevalent across other regions, like Europe.
  • According to the Oil & Gas Journal, "companies that are using advanced technologies to manage safety and operations performance are reported to have 8% less unscheduled asset downtime (over those who do not), experience a 13% reduction in compliance-related costs, 8% fewer regulation citations, and realize operating margins 2% or greater than targeted in the corporate plan. The businesses are focusing on incorporating advanced technologies for proposing gas detecting product differentiation in the market. For instance, Huawei eLTE Gas Detection Solution provides outstanding performance for IoT scenarios, requiring lesser devices, with correspondingly less management and maintenance efforts.
North America is Expected to Hold Significant Share
  • North America is witnessing the growth of gas detectors due to the presence of major vendors and government regulations regarding limiting gas emissions. In the North American region, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are strictly implementing industrial safety, driving the adoption of gas detectors. Almost all the businesses in the United States are subject to OSHA standards, so they are a significant concern for employers and employees alike in a vast range of industries. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the New Source Performance Standards to measure and limit methane emission from new, reconstructed, or modified assets.
  • The EPA has also mandated the use of gas detectors in the mining industry. USA-based Carroll Technologies Group is a pioneer in offering handheld gas detectors for the mining industry. One of the products is Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Altair 4X Detector, which alerts the miner within 15 seconds of detection. Additionally, Canada has one of the active mining industries in the world. According to the Mining Association of Canada, Canada ranks among the top 5 members for the global production of 13 minerals and metals such as uranium, nickel, cobalt, potash, aluminum, diamonds, titanium, and gold. Additionally, the Mining Association of Canada reports that 57% of the world's public mining companies are listed on the TSX and TSX-Venture Exchanges.
  • The region is the primary hub for all the major manufacturing establishments in the world. The regional authority further demands high safety concerns in countries such as the United States and Canada, which also encourages gas detectors to be deployed across the respective industries. Moreover, the United States Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has recently awarded USD 10,537,000 in grant funding to support safety courses and other programs. MSHA announced grants to 46 states, the Navajo Nation, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This was regarding the worker's city; this could also generate awareness about workplace safety, further driving the market.
  • Moreover, government regulations have mandated the use of these devices in potentially hazardous environments, increasing the demand for gas detectors in the region. For instance, According to the study by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2019, every year, more than 430 people in the U.S. die from carbon monoxide (C.O.) poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the United States visit the emergency department each year due to accidental C.O. poisoning. Similarly, more than 50 people die every year from C.O. poisoning in Canada, according to the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. As a result, the adoption of C.O. gas detectors is beneficial, as these appliances can unknowingly cause dangerous levels of C.O. gas to build up in the home.
Competitive Landscape

The gas detectors market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. With a prominent share in the market, these major players are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and increase their profitability. The competition, rapid technological advancements, and frequent changes in consumer preferences are expected to pose a threat to the market's growth of the companies during the forecast period.
  • June 2020 - Drägerwerk AG & Co. KgaA launched Polytron 8900 UGLD, a new ultrasonic sensor that could detect the gas leaks at an early stage. The company claims that the new development would save time and money by preventing avoidable shut-down industrial plants and operating successfully, even in noisy industrial environments. X-act 7000 is yet another new multigas detector from Drägerwerk AG & Co. KgaA. The company launched the product in the same month and claimed to measure the gas precisely, even in the lower ppb range.
  • June 2020 - Honeywell has announced it will open a new facility for the production of gas detection devices in Saudi Arabia. Situated at the extension of Dhahran Techno Valley, the company's facility is expected to produce 800 fixed gas detectors and 10,000 portable gas detectors yearly when it reaches complete production in 2022. The production line has the multigas Honeywell BW series and fixed detectors, including XNX Universal Transmitter and Searchpoint Optima Plus Point Infrared Gas Detector.
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  • Drägerwerk AG & Co KgaA
  • Emerson Electric Company
  • MSA Safety Inc.
  • Sensidyne LP
  • SENSIT Technologies, LLC
  • Trolex Ltd
  • MORE
1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.3 Technology Snapshot
4.4 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19

5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Growing Awareness about Hazards across Major Industries
5.1.2 Stringent Government Regulations for Safety of Workers
5.1.3 Companies Focusing on Smart Detectors
5.2 Market Restraints
5.2.1 Intense Competition in the Market

6.1 By Communication Type
6.1.1 Wired
6.1.2 Wireless
6.2 By Type of Detector
6.2.1 Fixed
6.2.2 Portable and Transportable
6.3 By End-User Industry
6.3.1 Oil and Gas
6.3.2 Chemicals and Petrochemicals
6.3.3 Water and Wastewater
6.3.4 Metal and Mining
6.3.5 Utilities
6.3.6 Other End-User Industries
6.4 Geography
6.4.1 North America
6.4.2 Europe
6.4.3 Asia Pacific
6.4.4 Latin America
6.4.5 Middle East and Africa

7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 Honeywell International Inc.
7.1.2 Drägerwerk AG & Co KgaA
7.1.3 MSA Safety Inc.
7.1.4 Emerson Electric Company
7.1.5 SENSIT Technologies, LLC
7.1.6 Industrial Scientific Corporatioh
7.1.7 New Cosmos Electric Co. Ltd
7.1.8 Trolex Ltd
7.1.9 Crowncon Detection Instruments Limited
7.1.10 Hanwei Electronics Group Corporation
7.1.11 International Gas Detectors Ltd
7.1.12 Sensidyne LP


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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Drägerwerk AG & Co KgaA
  • MSA Safety Inc.
  • Emerson Electric Company
  • SENSIT Technologies, LLC
  • Industrial Scientific Corporatioh
  • New Cosmos Electric Co. Ltd
  • Trolex Ltd
  • Crowncon Detection Instruments Limited
  • Hanwei Electronics Group Corporation
  • International Gas Detectors Ltd
  • Sensidyne LP
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