The pyrometer market size is expected to grow from USD 360.64 million in 2022 to reach USD 663.02 million by 2031; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% from 2023 to 2031.
Pyrometers are radiation thermometers, also known as infrared thermometers, used to measure the type of heat discharged from a surface. The pyrometer market is primarily driven by the increasing demand for the devices to measure high levels of temperature sensors in heavy industry verticles. Growing industrial automation and advancements in automation sensing technology are anticipated to increase the global demand for automatic pyrometers in the upcoming years.
The potter Josiah Wedgwood invented the first pyrometer, i.e. the filament pyrometer, sometime in the 1780s. Later in the 1900s, L. Holborn and F. Kurlbaum introduced the modern disappearing filament pyrometer that also set the base of optical pyrometers. In today’s pyrometers, the temperature is measured by a dark filament that is cooler than the temperature source, bright filament, hotter than the source, and a disappeared filament, which is equal brightness of temperature source and filament.
Although the use of traditional disappearing filament pyrometers has declined, the increasing demand to measure the temperature of small size targets, research labs, non-black bodies, and furnace chambers is anticipated to propel the growth of modern and technologically upgraded pyrometers during the forecast period.
The growing demand for automated, easy to operate, and portable temperature sensing technologies significantly drives the global pyrometer market. The usage of surface temperature sensors in big factories and industrial plants is proving impetus to the market growth rate at a rapid pace. The mining, metal, and mineral processing industries require advanced pyrometers to detect hot surfaces and elevated temperatures for worker protection and personnel safety.
The high cost of production and limited raw material availability hinder the market growth. Pyrometers’ high vulnerability to dust, smoke, and thermal background radiation may affect the initial readings, which also restrains market productivity. Furthermore, the optical pyrometer is not useful for measuring the temperature of clean-burning gases that do not radiate visible energy. Such limitations are limiting the growth of the pyrometer market.
Some of the most prominent end-users of the global pyrometer market are the metal, polymer, glass manufacturing, and mining industries, among others. The rapid adoption of pyrometers in the glass, ceramics, and metal processing industries owing to their high accuracy in automation sensing technology and automation trends, is stimulating the market demand.
The industrial sector is expected to observe the highest demand for high-end optical pyrometers during the forecast period. The petrochemical industry is also expected to register significant adoption due to pyrometers’ longer durability due to no contact and ease of use. In addition, the increasing importance, security issues, quality, and standards are further attracting manufacturers, which is assisting the growth of handheld and fixed pyrometers. The metal processing industry is expected to hold a substantial share during the forecast period as the industry is growing at a faster pace. Government initiatives, such as ‘Made in India’ and Skill India, that encourage the manufacturing sector are expected to bolster the thermocouple and optical sensors market growth in India.
The novel coronavirus has significantly impacted the global thermocouple and high-end optical pyrometer industry as manufacturing sites have closed down and workers have been sent home. The global supply chain is also disrupted amid lockdowns. The production and distribution of pyrometers from the key regions of Europe have also slowed down, which is negatively impacting trade and business. However, the demand to measure elevated temperatures has increased twofold owing to modernization and global industrialization. Limited supply amid the pandemic is likely to exert immense pressure on production companies in the near future, taking a toll on product prices.
The demand for devices used to measure temperatures in various industries, such as steel, power, gas appliance safety, manufacturing, and process plants, is expected to grow exponentially as soon as the global COVID-19 pandemic plateaus. Beneficial properties, such as wide temperature range, simplicity, and fast response, attract more end-users as they become aware of the properties of high-end optical pyrometers.
Key companies are also investing in the pyrometer market owing to their utilization of thermocouples in temperature-controlled rooms, boilers, and furnaces, which is expected to drive the market globally. The continuation of industrial automation and growing about safety, quality, and security issues are expected to trigger the production of thermocouples and temperature sensors on a large scale.
The growing temperature sensors market of the Middle East and Africa is projected to record substantial growth during the forecast period. Improvements in industrial infrastructure are bolstering the requirements of R&D for innovation in temperature sensors. Technological advancements and reduced prices have opened ways of new applications in the HVAC space.
The Middle East, a major hub for refineries, chemical and petrochemical processing plants, and the metals and mining sector, is expected to showcase consistent demand for temperature sensors and optical pyrometers. Al Ghurair Iron & Steel (AGIS), Emirates Steel, and others are a few of the biggest UAE-based steelmakers that are contributing significant shares to the market growth.
The rising awareness of temperature control functionalities in manufacturing, handling, and storage across healthcare drives the African pyrometer market. Pyrometers are increasingly used in the communication industry, which is growing with the popularity of handheld communication devices. The penetration of consumer electronics, such as smartphones, cameras, and others incorporated with microprocessors and ICs, is further increasing market demand. There is a rising competition among new players in the region, which is also enabling the growth of highly accurate and durable temperature measurement devices in the region. Guinea, Madagascar, Mozambique, Congo, Zambia, Nigeria, Sudan, and Senegal are rich in mining activities, and thus, offer lucrative market growth opportunities.
Asia-Pacific is anticipated to dominate the global pyrometer market. China’s forging industry is growing at a fast pace due to the rapid large-scale import and production of steel. Several manufacturing and forging and casting industries across the region are expected to demand large volumes of temperature sensors in the upcoming years. Additionally, Asia-Pacific also accounted for the largest share in the global pyrometer market in 2016.
Growing industrialization and urbanization in the developing economies of China and India are encouraging key players to invest more on robust temperature measurement devices. The U.S. and Europe are expected to register the fastest growth rates in the temperature sensor market. Stringent government regulations are also paving the way for market development by mandating the use of temperature sensors overheating issues.
Growing technical awareness in the manufacturing and automotive sectors is expected to provide significant opportunities for market growth in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, and Mexico. Government investments and public-private partnerships are aiding the adoption of temperature sensors with high technology features such as wireless connectivity, remote monitoring, and automatic calibration among South American end-users. Adaptation of HVAC modules, surveillance systems’ employment, and robust demand for consumer electronic products are further propelling pyrometer market growth in South America.
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