Since the mining sector is prone to severe catastrophic events triggered by the presence of highly toxic and combustible gases, it necessitates the deployment of gas detection systems. Advancements in technology have resulted in development of high-quality gas sensors with cutting-edge features that can deliver effective results within milliseconds of hazardous gas leak incidents. World mining production was valued at 16.9 billion metric tons in 2016 and reached approximately 17.2 billion metric tons in 2017. Increasing production in the mining industry is boosting demand for growth of the gas sensors market. Furthermore, the growing demand for wireless sensors in detecting toxic gases such as methane and carbon monoxide from long distances is a key factor triggering demand for growth of the gas sensors market.

The gas sensors market will grow at a robust CAGR of 5.27% during the forecast period 2019-2025, after being valued at $986m in 2018.

State-of-the-art Embedded Technologies for Air Quality Management:

The introduction of embedded technologies, coupled with improved manufacturing techniques, has enabled advancements in gas sensors. Wireless gas sensors can detect concentration levels of the target gas, and transmit a proportional signal. Growing demand for air quality monitoring in industrial, commercial, and residential sectors is a factor contributing to growth of the gas sensors market size. These devices are mainly used in real-time environmental monitoring systems for air quality measurement. Toxic gases from manufacturing plants are resulting in respiratory problems that create the need for deployment of gas monitoring devices, which in turn, is leading to market growth. These sensors can be integrated into portable electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, which help enhance the overall performance under harsh external conditions. Increasing development of smart buildings and sustainable construction also propel the gas sensors market.

The rising popularity for miniaturization of electronic devices is driving the gas sensors market size. Gas sensors are extensively used by business organizations and commercial buildings owing to concerns of people at homes and offices. Also, semiconductor sensors can be integrated into these office and home appliances for gas leak detection, rapid response and have good sensitivity. These sensors can convert changes in physiochemical properties into electrical signals, which are picked up by the sensing device. Electrochemical gas sensors can detect gases in a specific range by producing a chemical reaction between gas and oxygen contained in the detector. The current which is produced during this reaction is directly proportional to the concentration of the gas present. Ultrasonic sensors have the ability to work in smoke-filled environmental conditions where other sensors would fail to work. These sensors are suitable for gas detection up to a range of ten meters and can provide precise measurements per second. A photoionization detectors are an inexpensive detector which is used to measure volatile organic compounds in concentrations of up to 10,000 ppm. Combustible gas sensors are widely used in industrial plants to detect the presence of flammable, combustible and toxic gases. Government policies, regulations and norms mandating the use of gas detectors for educating the people were introduced to ensure workplace safety, and resulted in enterprises spending more on gas sensors. Personnel safety is critically dependent upon the adequacy of gas sensors to provide early warnings for a broad range of explosive or toxic gases that could leak in the mining sites. Along with this, in order to improve the level of fire safety and to guard against the disastrous consequences that can be caused due to mining, federal regulations mandate the use of automatic gas detection systems in underground locations including on conveyor belt entries, diesel fuel storage areas and power centers. The increase in the number of mining sites will increase adoption of gas sensors which, in turn, will aid growth of the market for gas sensors around the globe. Increasing demand for cost-effective and miniature equipment is an influencing factor for growth of the gas sensors market.

North America Holding Major Share of the Gas Sensors Market

North America accounted for 34.27% of the gas sensors market share in 2018. Growing industrialization in this region is the major factor behind expansion of the gas sensors market. For instance, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) developed the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for the development of oil and gas industry for the period of 2019-2024. This plan allows offshore exploratory drilling in about 90% of the OCS acreage, which in turn, has led the oil and gas sector to create new opportunities for the this market in North America. The number of vehicles produced worldwide was around 95 million in 2018, of which the U.S. alone produced approximately 11.3 million motor vehicles. With an increase in the production of number of vehicles in the automobile industry in this region, has enhanced the consumption of gas sensing devices in automotive systems. 

The medical industry is the key application segment in the gas sensors market and this vertical will see growth at a CAGR of 8.74% through the forecast period. Gas sensors are widely used for measuring volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which may have adverse health effects. These detectors are used for checking oxygen concentration levels in anesthesia gas in ventilators and incubators, and are integrated into temperature and breathing monitoring and control equipment and life-supporting implants. Non-invasive human breath detectors are nanostructured gas sensors used to predict and monitor a wide range of diseases from cancer to diabetes, from human breath. This state-of-the-art detection technology accelerates generation of commercially available systems in the medical sector.

Major Players in the Gas Sensors Market:

The major companies providing gas sensors are expanding globally by leveraging mergers and acquisitions. Key players are also investing a significant amount of capital towards technical advancements and innovation in this market. Prominent players in the gas sensors market include Amphenol Corporation, Robert Bosch Gmbh, DENSO Corporation, Dragerwerk AG, Honeywell International Inc., IDT, Mettler-Toledo, MSA, Sensirion, Siemens AG, Teledyne Technologies Inc., and Yokogawa Electric Corporation.

MSA Safety Incorporated, a U.S.-based safety products manufacturing company, announced acquisition of Sierra Monitor Corporation in May 2019. With this acquisition, MSA Safety has enhanced the working of the labors through wireless technology. In 2018, MSA also launched the Safety io grid, which is a portable gas detection device. Such mergers aid market players in expanding their geographical boundaries and accentuating their position in the global gas sensors market.

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