Demand from Petrochemical and Automotive Sectors Driving Temperature Sensors

IndustryARC expects the overall market size of the temperature sensors to be around $4.2 bn in 2013.

Temperature sensors are actually the components or devices which are used for the measurement of temperature of an object or medium. They can be broadly classified into contact and non-contact sensors. Thermocouples, Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTDs), Thermistors, Temperature Sensor ICs are the main type of contact sensors in the market. Thermopiles and Infrared detectors are considered to be the key non-contact sensors which are mostly in use. The temperature sensors market has had a steady run so far, and is estimated to grow at around 11.6% compound annual growth rate. The overall temperature sensor market size of the temperature sensors will reach around $7.9bn by 2020 from $4.05bn in 2014.

The major applications of temperature sensors are in a number of sectors, namely the petrochemical industry, the automotive industry, the consumer electronics industry, the metal industry, the food and beverages industry, and medical devices. The largest application segment for temperature sensors is, however, the petrochemical segment, together with related process applications. In continuous process industries like petrochemical industry, temperature control and monitoring are an essential process. The electronics segment follows as the second largest application segment for temperature sensors. 

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Temperature sensors have the propensity to be used universally in almost all the industry segments. In recent times, their usage has gone up significantly, and their ubiquitous nature has provided to them a mature market with steady demand. However, the non-contact sensors market has a higher growth potential compared to contact sensors in different industries, like process automation, discrete automation, and the automotive market.

At present, a number of emerging markets like that of smartphones and other mobile computing devices are considered to be potential revenue generating opportunities for temperature sensor manufacturers. Several developments have taken place in this front in 2013, where Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 with pressure and temperature sensor. It was the first major phone OEM to put a temperature sensor in its products. Microchip launched its EMC118X family of temperature sensor ICs which was the world’s first temperature sensor with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications that are necessary for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets.

In the constant quest by smartphone OEMs to differentiate their offerings, a number of features like temperature, pressure, humidity sensors are expected to become more main stream, from being a novelty in high end phones. It is rumored that a number of smartphones and tablets might come up with similar concepts, and that will drive up the requirement for temperature sensors pretty heavily. IndustryARC has analyzed the market and compiled a report which includes a detailed discussion about the reasons for the growth of this market, and the subsequent significance of the same.

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Oct 27, 2014