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Ultrasonic Testing Market to Register 9.43% CAGR till 2027; Increasing Demand for Calibration Services in the Aviation Industry to Boost the Market

February 19, 2021 | Aerospace & Defense

The global ultrasonic testing market size is projected to reach USD 3,671.9 million by 2027 owing to the growing adoption of advanced flaw detection technologies in aircraft manufacturing, observes Fortune Business Insights™ in its report, titled “Ultrasonic Testing Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Time-Of-Flight Diffraction, Phased Array, Immersion Testing, Guided-Wave Testing, Acoustography, and Others) By Equipment (Flaw Detectors, Thickness Gauges, Transducers & Probes, Industrial Scanners, Tube Inspection Systems, Bond Testers, Imaging Systems, and Others), By Service (Inspection Services, Equipment Rental Services, Calibration Services, and Training Services), By Vertical (Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Public Infrastructure, Automotive, Power Generation, and Others) and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027”. As per the report, the global market value stood at USD 2,297.2 million in 2019 and the market is expected to register a CAGR of 9.43% from 2020 to 2027.

The COVID-19 pandemic has proved catastrophic for the aviation industry as lockdowns, social distancing, and travel restrictions have rapidly diminished the demand for air travel worldwide. Furthermore, supply chain disruptions and a general slowdown in the global economy has severely impacted the medium-term investment plans of airline companies. Combined, these factors will lead to a negative growth of -14.9% of the market and decline the market value to USD 1,954.4 million in 2020.

Zetec Launches Inventive Solution for Ultrasonic Testing

Zetec, the US-based non-destructive testing (NDT) specialist, announced the launch of a hand-operated 2D encoded scanner for ultrasonic testing (UT) for the aerospace industry in August 2019. Named the NDT Sweeper Scanner, the solution is embedded with two integrated encoders to ensure accurate 2D scanning, proving C-Scan mapping of large components. Furthermore, the NDT device has been configured to mount up to two phased array probes simultaneously for pitch-catch ultrasonic inspections. Even more importantly, the NDT scanner is lightweight and compact and has been designed to map hard-to-reach areas, abilities which make it ideal for performing ultrasonic inspections in wide-ranging applications.

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Development of Advanced UT Solutions for the Rail Industry to Feed Market Growth

With the increasing complexity of rail operations worldwide, the demand for advanced testing technologies has escalated in recent times. These technologies are principally aimed at minimizing railroad accidents, which can even be avoided with the efficient use of modern ultrasonic type of testing solutions. To cater to these rising testing needs in the rail industry, some leading companies have developed cutting-edge UT solutions to enhance the safety quotient of railways. For example, the French railroad major, Pandrol, has developed an ultrasonic rail testing mechanism that utilizes high-pitched waves to detect flaws in rails. In addition, the company also manufactures and sells ultrasonic inspection equipment and provides training services tailored to customer needs. Another prominent example is Eddyfi’s phased array ultrasound or PAUT. The array has been engineered to allow inspectors to angle the wave-beam in different directions, amplifying its radius, and identify defects that may have been missed during fixed-angle testing. The development and introduction of such game-changing UT technologies will ensure an enduring growth trajectory of this market.

High Investments in Innovation by Key Players to Bolster Market Outlook

Top participants in this market are making focused investments to augment their innovation potential. These investments will allow companies to create novel UT solutions and capture a larger market share as well as elevate the profitability of their ventures. A diversified portfolio will also attract customers from varied industry verticals, further entrenching the position of the key players and fueling the ultrasonic testing market growth in the process.

Industry Development:

  • June 2019: Testia released an enhanced variant of the Smart UE1, its eddy current, resonance non-destructive, and UT device. The device is extremely lightweight, weighing just 2kg, and integrates all the necessary tools for inspectors in a single unit.

List of Key Players Covered in this Market Report:

  • Tecscan Systems Inc. (Canada)

  • Olympus Corporation (Japan)

  • NDT Global GmbH & Co. Kg (The U.S.)

  • General Electric (The U.S.)

  • Applied Technical Services, Inc. (The U.S.)

  • TD Williamson, Inc. (The U.S.)

  • Sonatest Ltd. (The U.K.)

  • Nikon Metrology (Japan)

  • Mistras Group (The U.S.)

  • Ashtead Technology (The U.K.)

  • Amerapex Corporation (The U.S.)

Further Report Findings:

  • North America is expected to dominate the ultrasonic testing market share during the forecast period owing to the strong presence of major market players, such as General Electric and Tecscan Systems, in the United States and Canada. In 2019, the North America market size stood at USD 893.7 million.

  • The time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD) segment is anticipated to increase its market share in the coming years as the TOFD technology is extensively utilized to conduct weld ultrasonic testing for in-service aircraft inspections.

Table of Segmentation



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  Value (USD million)

Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Time-Of-Flight Diffraction

  • Phased Array

  • Immersion Testing

  • Guided-Wave Testing

  • Acoustography

  • Others

By Equipment

  • Flaw Detectors

  • Thickness Gauges

  • Transducers & Probes

  • Industrial Scanners

  • Tube Inspection Systems

  • Bond Testers

  • Imaging Systems

  • Others

By Service

  • Inspection Services

  • Equipment Rental Services

  • Calibration Services

  • Training Services

By Vertical

  • Manufacturing

  • Oil & Gas

  • Aerospace

  • Public Infrastructure

  • Automotive

  • Power Generation

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (By Type, By Equipment, By Service, By Vertical, and By Country)

    • The U.S.

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe (By Type, By Equipment, By Service, By Vertical, and By Country)

    • The U.K.

    • Germany

    • France

    • Italy

    • Russia

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, By Equipment, By Service, By Vertical, and By Country)

    • Japan

    • China

    • India

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Rest of the World (By Type, By Equipment, By Service, By Vertical, and By Country)

    • Latin America

    • The Middle East & Africa

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