THE WORLD MARKET FOR IR IMAGING & THERMOMETRY 2013

FOCUS ON COMMERCIAL & DUAL-USE INFRARED IMAGING AND INFRARED THERMOMETRY EQUIPMENT – (Vol. IRW-M, 2013 Edition)

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Fairfield CT, USA — Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2013 edition of its market research report on commercial and dual-use infrared imaging equipment markets (Vol. IRW-C).

World infrared imaging markets continue to evolve rapidly. After double digit growth rates during the last five years, these markets took a pause in 2012.

The reason for this appears to be a combination of events in the various end-user markets, including thermography (temperature measurements), automotive night vision, fire fighting, aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems, and dual-use uncooled sights.

One of the primary objectives of this report is to analyze the reasons for this slowdown in some sectors while others continue to grow.

Despite this slowdown, there is considerable ferment in infrared markets and these markets are poised to grow as new uncooled focal plane arrays (FPAs) are developed and processing costs continue to drop steeply.

This is partly due to an increasing number of uncooled FPA suppliers (two more in 2012) that are partnering with semiconductor fabs in order to take advantage of their economies of scale. All uncooled FPA suppliers are now developing wafer-level-packaging (WLP) so as to reduce costs.

In addition, new uncooled FPA suppliers have emerged in South Korea, China and Turkey and new materials are being used in microbolometers.

At the low end, prices of general purpose Thermography cameras have been reduced to less than $900 and tool companies are starting to enter the market. New emerging general-purpose applications are emerging to couple infrared imagers to smartphones at even lower prices.

Meanwhile, cooled infrared detector markets are expected to continue to grow due to technological improvements in superlattice detectors and high operating temperature (???HOT???) FPAs.

NEW IN THIS REPORT: DETAILED MARKET SHARES OF SUPPLIERS OF INFRARED IMAGING CAMERAS AND SYSTEMS USED IN SECURITY/SURVEILLANCE.

Maxtech International’s up-to-date research covers the following application areas:

Predictive Maintenance (electrical and mechanical condition monitoring), Building/HVAC Inspection, Process Control, Research & Development, Traditional Nondestructive Testing, Law Enforcement and Personal Vision Systems (for hunters and sportsmen), Medical/Biomedical, Automotive Night Vision, Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems, Fire Fighting, Surveillance/Security and Remote Sensing (including space programs).

Dual-Use applications covered include Weapon Sights, Driver???s Vision Enhancers, Microsensors, Airborne and Ground applications and others. However, strictly military systems (infrared missile seekers, targeting systems, etc.) are not covered in this report.

The World Market for Commercial & Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment contains over 400 pages of up-to-date market information and forecasts. It is only available directly from Maxtech (no third party distribution is authorized).

The report provides the following valuable market information:

  • The current (2012) size of individual world product markets and application markets.
  • Five-year projections in over 15 product and application markets (2013 – 2018)
  • Geographic segmentation of the overall market into the following regions: North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East
  • The expected market growth of dual-use military IR equipment
  • The expected growth of Emerging Markets (Aircraft Enhanced Vision, Micro Sensors, etc.)
  • Technology trends and the effect of export controls on market growth
  • Competitive analyses and market shares
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) of infrared companies
  • Profiles of 64 suppliers of Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry equipment

The structure of the report:

Executive Summary

A concise summary of the important results in the report.

Introduction

A review of definitions, the scope of topics covered, the methodology used and the sources of information.

Product Analysis

Major product offerings, instrument capabilities and pricing trends of manufacturers are reviewed and compared.

Types of Infrared Detectors and Systems – An Analysis

Cooled Focal Plane Arrays, Cameras and Systems

  • Mercury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe) FPAs and systems
  • Indium Antimonide (InSb) FPAs and systems
  • QWIPs (Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors) FPAs and systems
  • T2SL (Type II Superlattice) FPAs and systems
  • nBn Detectors FPAs and systems
  • Lead Sulfide and Lead Selenide (PbS and PbSe) FPAs and systems
  • Extrinsic Silicon (Si:X) FPAs and systems
  • Other cooled FPAs and systems
  • HOT (High Operating Temperature) FPAs

The status of various detector technologies is discussed: which ones are declining, which ones are thriving. New developments in detector cooling technologies: Thermoelectric, Stirling and Joule-Thomson. New developments in small cryocoolers for use with HOT detectors.

New developments in infrared materials used for lenses (including molded lenses), windows and coatings.

Uncooled Focal Plane Arrays and cameras of the following types:

  • Microbolometer Arrays (vanadium oxide, amorphous silicon and emerging materials: NiOx, vanadium niobium oxide)
  • SOI FPAs
  • Ferroelectric (Pyroelectric) Arrays
  • Thermopile/Thermoelectric Arrays
  • Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) short-wave arrays
  • Novel new uncooled focal plane array technologies in development

Uncooled focal plane array development and production plans are described separately for the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and the Rest of the World.

Manufacturers’ offerings in each of the following areas are described, compared and pricing given: