Gas Sensors and Gas Metering: Applications and Markets

Published - Aug 2010| Analyst - Andrew McWilliams| Code - IAS012B
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Report Highlights

  • BCC estimates the global market for gas flow meters, sensors, monitors, and secondary flow instrumentation at about $3.6 billion in 2009 and $3.9 billion in 2010.  Growing at a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9%, the market should approach $5.2 billion by 2015.
  • The market for gas flow sensors and monitors is expected to grow faster than the markets for either flow meters or secondary instrumentation. This segment is worth an estimated $1.8 billion in 2010 and is expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2015, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7%.
  • BCC estimates the global market for gas flow meters at $1.5 billion in 2009 and more than $1.5 billion in 2010, rising to nearly $2 billion by 2015.  These figures represent a CAGR of 5.2% between 2010 and 2015.


This report is an update of an earlier (2005) BCC Research study on gas metering and gas sensors/monitoring, including instrumentation, process control, and automation systems for different applications. This updated report builds on the earlier work by describing and analyzing developments in the markets for commercial gas meters and gas sensors/monitors since 2005 and developing revised market projections that reflect these developments.
Specific objectives of this report thus include the following:
  • Understanding metering requirements
  • Appreciating design criteria and the importance of accuracy
  • Understanding measurement concepts and types of error
  • Understanding the basic concepts, principle of operation, and equipment used for gas metering, gas sensing/monitoring, secondary gas flow instrumentation, and sampling
  • Understanding the typical operations, control functions and record keeping requirements
  • Evaluating the application envelopes of the various gas flow metering technologies
  • Providing a critical evaluation of the current status of gas meter and sensor/monitor commercial markets
  • Analyzing the role of gas metering and sensing/monitoring in various applications segments, including custody transfer of natural gas, stack and flare systems, utilities, crude oil and natural gas production/ processing, and low gas flow rates (e.g., chemical manufacturing, and metal fabrication and processing)
  • Discussing and analyzing the current status and future supply and demand issues for gas meters and sensors/monitors and thus providing consumers with an insight into the dynamics of the business
  • Identifying future business opportunities
The market for gas flow meters and gas flow sensors and monitors has experienced considerable changes in the last 5 years, including internal changes (e.g., as a result of technological developments) and external shifts, particularly the global economic problems that began in 2008 and continue to affect the market in 2010. This report provides information useful to anyone concerned with the manufacturing, marketing, operation, and maintenance of gas metering and gas sensing/monitoring systems, including the following:
  • Operations engineers
  • Graduate engineers
  • Supervisors
  • Operators
  • Metering specialists/technicians
  • Project developers
  • Government experts from developed and developing countries
  • Technology providers
  • Verifiers/certifiers and validators
  • Financial intermediaries (banks, insurance companies)
  • Brokers and traders interested in metering and sensing/monitoring market developments and regulatory trends
  • Law firms
  • Accounting and auditing firms
  • Marketing managers
  • Senior petrochemical executives
This report presents data on demand for gas metering and gas sensors/monitors for different applications in current U.S. dollars for the major global regions. Market share is presented for all major products, applications, gases, players/regions, and at the global level. Profiles are included for leading suppliers worldwide.
The report begins with an overview of gas sensing and monitoring technologies, including a brief history, major products, and a market summary. Subsequent sections describe major gas sensing and monitoring technologies in greater detail, identify key suppliers, and present comprehensive market estimates and projections. A separate chapter examines the geographical structure of the market.
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this report. BCC conducted an extensive international user survey in preparing the previous edition of this report. Users in the following countries were interviewed:

  • North America
o   U.S.
o   Canada
  • Europe
o   U.K.
o   Germany
o   France
  • Asia
o   China
o   Japan
o   Singapore
  • Rest of the World
o   Central and South America
o   Africa and the Middle East
BCC supplemented the earlier survey’s findings with a literature review and key-informant interviews. The results of this process were combined with BCC’s analysis of historical trends in carbon dioxide (CO2) demand and projected trends in major market drivers to obtain the market estimates and projections contained in this report.
Information sources include trade data (national and international), company publicity literature, conference reports, world trade technical journals, and interviews with company representatives.
Dr. Edward Gobina is the author of the original report upon which this update is based. Dr. Gobina is a Research Professor in Chemical and Processing Engineering and has more than 18 years of research and teaching experience in environmental engineering, petrochemical reaction engineering, and catalysis and membrane technology. He has been published extensively, with more than 100 relevant publications in international scientific journals.
The analyst responsible for updating the report is Andrew McWilliams, a partner in the Boston-based international technology and marketing consulting firm, 43rd Parallel, LLC. Mr. McWilliams is the author of numerous other BCC reports, including CHM041CThe Global Industrial Gas Business; IAS027A—Microsensors: MEMS, Biosensors and Nanosensors; andSMC051C—Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Technology: Current and Future Markets.
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The information developed in this report is intended to be as reliable as possible at the time of publication and of a professional nature. This information does not constitute managerial, legal, or accounting advice; nor should it serve as a corporate policy guide, laboratory manual, or an endorsement of any product, as much of the information is speculative in nature. The author assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage that might result from reliance on the reported information or its use.

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Published - Apr-2005| Analyst - Edward Gobina| Code - IAS012A

Report Highlights

  • The global market for gas sensors and gas metering equipment including secondary instrumentation is estimated at $2.8 billion in 2004 and expected to rise at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 5.9% to $3.8 billion in 2009.
  • Sensors and monitors represent the largest and second highest growing segment, rising at an AAGR of 6.3% from $1.3 billion in 2004 to nearly $1.8 billion in 2009.
  • The smallest segment, secondary instrumentation, also is the fastest growing and expected to reach $512 million in 2009, rising at an AAGR of 7.2%.

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