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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Technique (Ultrasonic Testing, Visual Inspection Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Liquid Penetrant Testing, Eddy-Current Testing) By Method (Visual Inspection, Surface Inspection, Volumetric Inspection), By Service (Ultrasonic Inspection, Equipment Rental Services), By Vertical (Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Public Infrastructure) and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027

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The global non-destructive testing (NDT) market size was USD 8.42 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 13.30 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.25% during the forecast period.

NDT (Non-destructive testing) is a technologically advanced methodology to detect and evaluate defects in materials. In aerospace industry, the NDT plays a primary role in designing, manufacturing, and maintenance of an aircraft. It is the most accurate methodology to test the aircraft component and materials without any destruction. Destructive testing is used to identify the characteristics of aircraft components, including tensile strength, fracture toughness, and flexibility.

Economic Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Aviation Industry is Hampering Market Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic initiated from the Wuhan city, China, in December 2019 affected over 1 million people across the globe. Strict lockdowns have been announced in several European countries from February 2020. According to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), in 2019, around 4.3 billion air-passengers were carried around all over the world. The air-passenger count has been hampered due to the ban on international traveling. The rapid spread of coronavirus in the U.S. and European countries had a major impact on the global aviation industry.

The aviation industry is facing major challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as oil crises, economic recessions, and the declining graph of the air passenger traffic. According to a Bloomberg (2020) report, the U.S. aerospace industry has lost USD 190 billion market value. Teal Group (the U.S.) stated that the Boeing Company did not receive a single order in January 2020. Airbus S.A.S. has registered zero orders in the first quarter of 2020.

NDT is a technique and is used to decrease the risk of any potential catastrophic failure of the aircraft parts, components, and materials. There has been a direct impact on the NDT market owing to the declining delivery of commercial aircraft worldwide.


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The transition towards the Next Generation Integrated NDT Technique to Drive the Market Growth

The NDT technique analyzes the dimensional measurement of an aircraft component, flaw detection, stress & structure analysis, and leak detection. The efficiency and adaptability of technologically advanced testing methods continue to bolster the market growth. OEM and contractors in developing economies have been severely affected due to the stringent government regulations regarding aviation quality control. This has compelled manufacturers to move to next-generation integrated Non-destructive testing techniques.


Increasing Use of an Advanced Non-Destructive Testing in Aviation Industry to Propel the Market

The NDT technique is widely used across the aviation industry to inspect specialist metal, alloys, composite parts of the aircraft. It is used to maintain the flying safety of the aircraft and minimized disruption for servicing. Development of new inspection solutions to meet the needs of the aviation industry, such as lower cost of material inspection and complete stringent government regulations regarding public safety. The internet of things (IoT) is developing a new trend in the aviation industry to monitor the health of the avionics component. The increasing use of Non-destructive testing technology in the aviation industry is propelling market growth.

Growing Demand for NDT Methodology in Oil & Gas and Power industry to Boost Market Growth

NDT technique involves research & development (R&D) methods, training, and service-based supply chains used in the oil & gas, automotive, and power industry. In the oil & gas industry, this technique is used to inspect the internal & external corrosion of the oil & gas pipeline. Several methods are used in it, such as visual inspection, liquid penetrant inspection, magnetic particle inspection, and ultrasonic inspection. In the power industry, this technique is used to inspect the pressure systems, steam & gas turbines. In the nuclear power plant, this technique is used to inspect fuel rods, small valves, waste containers, and waste management infrastructure. Therefore, the growing demand for NDT methodology in the oil & gas industry and power industry is propelling the market growth.


Lack of Skilled Workforce Restricts the Market Growth

The shortage of skilled workforce such as expert ultrasonic inspectors, skilled testing engineers, and labors are hampering the market growth. This situation will become worse owing to the lengthy and costly training process of ultrasonic inspectors. The low number of skilled testing expertise is restricting market growth.


By Technique Analysis

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Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Segment Dominated the Market in 2019

Based on the technique, the market includes ultrasonic testing, visual inspection testing, magnetic particle testing, liquid penetrant testing, eddy current testing, radiographic testing, and acoustic emission testing. The ultrasonic testing held a dominant share of the market in 2019. The dominance is attributable to the increasing use of UT techniques for composites and pipeline corrosion mapping applications, weld inspection, and the overall screening coverage of the pipe.

The radiographic testing segment is projected to register a higher CAGR by 2027 due to the increasing use of radiographic testing in X-ray testing, gamma-ray testing, and computed radiography. Visual inspection is used to inspect aircraft engines, diesel-based marine engines, and automotive engineering. Magnetic particle testing is used for underwater inspection applications. Liquid penetrant testing is majorly used to inspect surface-breaking defects in non-porous materials. Eddy current testing is used for the inspections of the magnetic and non-magnetic components. Acoustic emission testing is majorly used in the metal fabrication industry.

By Method Analysis

Surface Inspection Segment to Register a Higher CAGR during the Forecast Period

Based on the method, the market is classified as visual inspection, surface inspection, volumetric inspection, and others. The volumetric inspection segment held the largest share of the market during the forecast period. Dominance is due to the increasing use of volumetric inspection in the automotive industry, the rail industry, to test the volumetric integrity of critical welding components. Visual inspection is a cost-effective method for surface inspection. The surface inspection segment is projected to register a higher CAGR during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the increasing use of this method to detect cracks and discontinuities on the surface of the aircraft component.

By Service Analysis

Increasing Use of Ultrasonic Inspection in Aerospace & Automobile industry is Propelling the Market Growth

Based on service, the market is classified as ultrasonic inspection, equipment rental services, calibration services, and training services. The ultrasonic inspection segment is predicted to grow at the highest CAGR from 2020 to 2027. The growth is attributed to the increasing use of ultrasonic inspection in the aerospace & automobile industry. The ultrasonic inspection is used to inspect the internal defects of the component with high-end accuracy. Equipment rental services calibration services and training services are improving the error reduction in testing equipment and inspection & monitoring of complex shapes. The rising use of this service is expected to drive the segment, which in turn, will contribute to the market growth.  

By Vertical Analysis

Manufacturing Segment to Register Higher CAGR Owing to Increasing Investment by Industrial Companies

Based on verticals, the market is classified into manufacturing, oil & gas, aerospace, public infrastructure, power generation, and others. The public infrastructure segment holds the largest share of the market during the forecast period. The growth of the segment is attributable to the adoption of this technology in airport security, railway, bridges & tunnels, nuclear waste storage, and decommissioning. In the oil and gas, NDT techniques are used in refineries including radiography testing, visual inspection, x-ray testing, and ultrasonic testing. In the aerospace, eddy-current testing is used to test aircraft engine parts. The manufacturing segment is predicted to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth of the segment is attributed to the increasing use of electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) techniques for industrial applications.

In the automotive sector, this technique is used to improve the overall inspection quality of an automotive component. In power generation, this technique is used for maintenance and inspection services in wind turbines. In other segments, this technique is majorly used in marine, medical and health, and plastics & polymers.


North America Non-Destructive Testing Market Size, 2019 (USD Billion)

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The market size in North America stood at USD 3.09 billion in 2019. The dominance of this region is attributable to the growing demand for advanced material testing from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The presence of key players such as Fischer Technology Inc., Acuren Inspection Inc., and Magnaflux Corporation drives the market in the U.S.  The market in Europe registers a remarkable NDT market growth due to the growing aerospace vertical in France and growing automobile vertical in Germany.

Asia Pacific is expected to register the fastest growth during the forecast period and owing to growth in the power generation vertical in China and India. In addition to this domestic manufacturing industry in Japan is attributed to boosting the market growth. The rest of the world registers significant growth during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the increasing spending on NDT inspection for commercial aircraft from Latin America and Middle East & Africa.


Technological Advancements in the NDT technique Implemented by Key Market Players are propelling the Market Growth

The designing of technological advanced non-destructive testing techniques, using a combination of techniques, and the development of new materials to refurbish market are the upcoming trends in the market. A diversified product portfolio of NDT, along with innovative concepts accepted by key players, is the major factor in boosting the market.



  • June 2020 – A software solution Drive NDT is developed by the company DÜRR NDT for the test engineers to unify the entire Non-destructive testing workflow. The drive NDT can scan all parts of the workflow, such as the equipment, instructions and standards, and assignment of test inspectors.

  • May 2020 – Materials testing company Element and Honeywell Aerospace has been signed a contract to provide high intensity radiated field testing and materials characterization to Honeywell aerospace. The high intensity radiated field testing is a form of high-level electromagnetic interference testing, which is conducted by the Element.


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The non-destructive testing market research report provides an in-depth technical analysis of the market and majorly focusing on key aspects such as leading market players of the market, COVID-19 effect on the market, in-depth NDT techniques, and research ideology of the product.

Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments & trends. In addition to the aforesaid factors, the report provides multiple factors that will contribute towards the growth of the NDT market during the forecast period.




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By Technique

  • Ultrasonic Testing

  • Visual Inspection Testing

  •  Magnetic Particle Testing

  • Liquid Penetrant Testing

  • Eddy-Current Testing

  • Radiographic Testing

  • Acoustic Emission Testing

By Method

  • Visual Inspection

  • Surface Inspection

  • Volumetric Inspection

  • Others

By Service

  • Ultrasonic Inspection

  • Equipment Rental Services

  • Calibration Services

  • Training Services

By Vertical

  • Manufacturing

  • Oil & Gas

  • Aerospace

  • Public Infrastructure

  • Automotive

  • Power Generation

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America

    • By Technique

    • By Method

    • By Service

    • By Vertical

    • By Country

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

  • Europe

    • By Technique

    • By Method

    • By Service

    • By Vertical

    • By Country

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Russia

      • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • By Technique

    • By Method

    • By Service

    • By Vertical

    • By Country

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • By Technique

    • By Method

    • By Service

    • By Vertical

    • By Country

      • Latin America

      • The Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global non-destructive market size was USD 8.42 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 13.30 billion by 2027.

In 2019, the North America market value stood at USD 3.09 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 9.25 %, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2020-2027).

The ultrasonic testing segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

Increasing the use of advanced non-destructive testing in the aviation industry is propelling the growth of the market.

General Electric, Mistras Group, and Olympus Corporation are major players of the global market.

North America dominated the market share in 2019.

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