Thermal imaging market heats up

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According to the latest research report from Marketsandmarkets on the thermal imaging market, the global forecast to 2025 is estimated to grow from USD 3.4 billion in 2020 to USD 4.6 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 6.2%. Increasing government expenditure on the aerospace & defence sector is one of the driving factors cited by the analysts as responsible for the growth of this market.

The market for uncooled thermal products accounted for a larger share of the thermal imaging market in 2019. The growth of this market is attributed to the increasing demand for uncooled thermal solutions for commercial applications. Furthermore, the availability of HD resolution makes uncooled thermal solutions an ideal solution for high-resolution applications, such as military security and surveillance, perimeter protection, industrial detection, and automotive diagnostic. Moreover, they offer long-term services due to the presence of less moving parts.

SWIR segment offers advantages

The research suggests that the SWIR (short wave infrared) segment is projected to lead the thermal imaging market with the highest CAGR of 8.9% from 2020 to 2025. This growth is expected due to several advantages offered by SWIR, such as the ability to see through a glass, availability in small size, and ability to see the covert laser. Moreover, as the technological advancements and efforts to launch new low-priced SWIR cameras, is likely to increase the penetration of SWIR cameras.

High growth for thermal modules

Thermal modules are estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth is estimated owing to their compact size, low cost, and flexibility to integrate with other devices such as drones, smartphones, and wearables, enabling them to penetrate new application areas. Leonardo S.p.A. (Rome, Italy), and Leonardo DRS (US), BAE Systems (UK), and Xenics (Belgium) are the major manufacturers and suppliers of thermal modules.

Major market share for security & surveillance 

The research shows that the security and surveillance application held the largest share of the thermal imaging market in 2019. The growth is attributed to the increasing government expenditure in the military sector. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in 2018, the global military expenditure was USD 1,822 billion, which was increased by 2.6% compared to 2017. This increase is mainly carried out to procure advance protective systems and gadgets, which enables the soldiers to safeguard country borders from illegal human or animal activities.

Healthcare and life sciences vertical a growth market

The healthcare and life sciences vertical is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to increasing usage of thermography for detection of internal injuries without affecting the human body. This technique is also useful in monitoring wildlife health, which helps to cure and protect them from illness.

Geographically speaking, the APAC region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during forecast period. The growth of the thermal imaging market in this region is attributed to the presence of regional vendors in China and India, offering low-cost solutions, which in turn is causing a decline in prices of thermal imaging products. Additionally, the increase in mass production of the thermal camera in China supports the growth of the market along with the presence of a number of OEMs as well as thermal imaging product manufacturers.

Flir Systems, Fluke Corporation, Leonardo, L3harris Technologies, and United Technologies are cited as the key players in the thermal imaging market. 


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