Global Markets for Nondestructive Testing Equipment and Services

Global Markets for Nondestructive Testing Equipment and Services

  • June 2017 •
  • 339 pages •
  • Report ID: 4959558

- The global market for nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment and services reached $15.8 billion in 2016. This market should reach more than $17.2 billion in 2017 and $26.4 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% through 2022.
- Nondestructive testing services market should reach $6.7 billion in 2017 and nearly $10.6 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 9.5%.
- Ultrasonic and infrared hermography testing equipment should reach $3.2 billion in 2017 and nearly $4.9 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 9.0%.

Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is a technique used to help assure safety and reliability through detection of any flaws or defects in product or industrial components such as pipelines, power stations, refineries and oil platforms, without disrupting operations or delaying processes or damaging the material.

Techniques such as radiography, ultrasonics and other advanced imaging technologies can be used to monitor the condition of industrial assets throughout the project life cycle: from construction to operations, maintenance to decommissioning or life extension.

Demand for such services has grown, driven by increasing regulation and standardization, extending asset lifespans and the need to protect reputation from product failure. There is a growing demand for NDT services during the operational and decommissioning of assets such as pipelines, structures, tanks, railcars and pressure–containing equipment, where high-quality NDT services help customers seeking to reduce risk and improve the integrity and lifetime of their assets.

Study Goals and Objectives
This report will provide an overview of current technology developments and an assessment of the global market for Nondestructive Testing (NDT) equipment and services.

The goals of the report are as follows:
- Provide an overview of NDT technologies.
- Identify companies engaged in the manufacture of NDT equipment and the global market for such equipment.
- Identify companies actively engaged in providing NDT services and the global market for such NDT services.
- Assess new developments by analyzing recent patents granted for NDT-related technologies.
- Identify technological and business issues that will impact the NDT industry.
- Provide an understanding of the market and technology so decision-makers will be able to evaluate and consider opportunities within this market.

Reasons for Doing This Study
Nondestructive Testing is playing a leading role in a number of key industries and applications for NDT are expanding rapidly. New NDT technologies are evolving in important ways and are becoming increasingly user-friendly. Many new industries have begun to use NDT techniques and are becoming significant consumers of this technology.

The potential market for nondestructive testing equipment continues to expand with emphasis on product quality, lean manufacturing, just-in-time inventory practices, advances in nanomaterials, and related manufacturing, and testing. So, the market for NDT equipment is increasing rapidly. Additionally, many industries who cannot afford investment in NDT equipment or have properly trained personnel for using sophisticated NDT equipment, use the services of companies offering NDT services and the market for such services is also increasing.

This report identifies the global market for various types of NDT equipment, as well as the global market for different NDT services being offered by various companies.

Intended Audience
This report is intended to help:
- Marketing managers to identify newer market opportunities and develop targeted promotional plans for NDT equipment and NDT services.
- Research and development professionals to stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for NDT equipment and to develop new products suited for newer applications.
- Advertising agencies working with clients in the NDT equipment industry to understand the products and to develop messages and images that will influence consumers to purchase these products.
- Business development executives to understand the dynamics of the market and identify new markets for new NDT equipment as well as NDT services.
- Information and research center librarians to provide market researchers and brand and product managers with the information they need to do their jobs more effectively.

Scope and Format
The report has been prepared in a clear, easily understandable format with a number of tables and charts/figures. The scope of the report includes a detailed study of global and regional markets for various types of NDT technologies and necessary equipment suitable for these technologies, as well as the market for NDT services offered by different companies around the world. This study provides an overview of NDT, developmental history of various NDT technologies, profiles of market leaders in NDT business and their new products as well as the consolidation trends within the industry.

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this report. Initially, a comprehensive and exhaustive search of the literature on NDT was conducted. These sources include journals and related books, trade literature, marketing literature, other product/promotional literature, annual reports, security analyst reports and other publications.

The methodology used to estimate and forecast the NDT market starts with capturing data on different vendor revenue through secondary research from various sources. The bottom-up procedure has been used to arrive at the global NDT equipment market from the revenues of key players in the market.

After arriving at the overall market size, the total market has been split into several segments and sub-segments which have been verified through the primary research by conducting telephone interviews and email correspondence was conducted with marketing executives, product sales engineers, international sales managers, application engineers and other personnel of companies manufacturing as well as using NDT equipment.

Other sources included magazines devoted to NDT, academics, technology suppliers, technical experts and consulting companies. A patent search and analysis were also conducted.

The basic assumptions made while preparing the report are as follows:
- The world economy will continue without any major upheaval.
- There will not be any major natural disasters, like the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which affected Japan's economy.
- No major war or armed uprisings.
- The industry and consumption will continue to prosper in the same manner and the growth trend will be maintained in the period under consideration.

All revenue estimates in this report are figures taken at the manufacturer level.

Information Sources
The primary information sources include manufacturers and suppliers of NDT equipment and associated products around the world, raw material suppliers for the manufacture of these products, major users of these products, research organizations, governmental agencies, trade associations and various equipment suppliers. Additional secondary research of sources, such as databases, trade literature, specialized journals and government statistics, were researched while compiling this report.

Geographic Breakdown
In this report, the geographic regions considered for market analysis include:
North America
- United States
- Mexico
- Canada

- France
- Germany
- Italy
- United Kingdom
- Russia
- CEE Countries
- Other European Countries

- Japan
- China
- India

Other Asian Countries
- Australia and New Zealand

Rest of World
- Brazil
- Argentina

Rest of South America
- South Africa

Rest of Africa
- Middle Eastern Countries

Summary and Highlights
Nondestructive testing (NDT) is needed, whenever an assurance is required of the integrity of the infrastructure. Aircraft, trains, pipelines, oil rigs, bridges and pressure vessels are examples of everyday things that are being regularly examined using various NDT techniques.

In addition to the need to ensure safety, nondestructive testing can be used to improve output and profitability. Furthermore, a component or an entire structure or machine can be tested many times using several types of tests through the complete life cycle to ensure its continued integrity. Components can be tested before they are finally shaped or while they are in service. This means that the continuing quality of components can be assured, such as checking railway lines, aero-engine turbine blades and the welds on a high-speed theme park ride.

Additionally, nondestructive methods can be employed to monitor the integrity of the structure through its useful life. These NDT methods supplement other techniques, which can be applied without interruption to normal operation of a structure or a machine. These techniques are known as condition monitoring. There is continuous progress in the development and application of NDT methods that are often used in conjunction with CAD and computer-based modeling to match the advances in new materials, component design and new products.

In addition to the equipment for NDT, there is an expanding market for various NDT services, which are being offered by numerous companies. Some of these companies also offer training to customers’ engineers in various NDT techniques and also certify these engineers. It can be seen that the NDT service market is expanding very fast especially when there is a shortage of trained and certified engineers.

The following summary table and figure illustrate the global market for NDT equipment and various NDT services. The global market for NDT equipment and NDT services put together amounted to more than
$15.8 billion in 2016.

This market is expected to increase to nearly $17.3 billion in 2017 and further increase to more than $26.4 billion in 2022. The CAGR for the combined market for NDT equipment and NDT services is expected to be 8.9%, over the five-year period from 2017 through 2022. The growth rate for the combined market for ultrasonic and infrared thermography NDT equipment is expected to be 9.0% and the growth rate of the combined market for radiography and liquid penetrant NDT equipment is expected to be 8.3%, for the five-year period from 2017 through 2022.

It can be seen that there is good growth in all the sectors of NDT equipment, but there is additional growth in NDT services market, with the CAGR of 9.5%, for the five-year period from 2017 through 2022. This total NDT services market consists of NDT training services, calibration services of various NDT equipment, repairs and calibration services to NDT equipment. Global market for these services have been worked out separately and indicated in Chapter 4 of this report