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Global capacitive sensor market technologies are considered to be far better as compared to the resistive sensing technology due to high accuracy, sensitivity, and absence of wear & tear problem. They are continuously replacing the resistive sensors in most of the applications because of various advantages. The global capacitive sensor market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15% between 2013 and 2018 and will reach a value of $17.89 billion by 2018.
Increasing demand of the sensors in the consumer electronics sector and reduction in the size of the sensor are considered to be the major driving factors of the market. Most of the major smartphone manufacturers like Apple (U.S.), Nokia (Finland), and Samsung (South Korea) are using the capacitive touch sensors for the touch screens in the smartphones as well as for the input devices like buttons, sliders, keypads, and touchpads. Capacitive touch sensors are in huge demand for the input devices as compared to the mechanical input devices because the problem of wear & tear is negligible for the capacitive sensing devices. In the retail & medical sector, there is a huge scope for the capacitive sensors in future as these sensors are continuously opting for care monitoring systems and other point-of-sale displays.
Proximity Sensors are also in a huge demand in the industrial application and it is expected to show linear growth trend in the coming five years. The major barrier in the industry is the lack of product differentiation among the different manufacturing companies. Motion sensing application is expected to show the maximum growth because of the continuous growth in the applications of capacitive accelerometers and magnetometers in the smartphones & automotives.
APAC is expected to boost the growth rate of the market because of the continuous improvement and technological advancement in the sensors industry in the countries like Japan, Korea, China and India.
In different applications the companies are specialized in different sectors like some of the companies are manufacturing the sensors for the consumer electronics whereas some of the companies are manufacturing for the commercial applications like automotive, medical etc. Companies are inclined towards launching new products and technologies due to the increase in competition. Mergers and Acquisitions also play important role in the market. Some of the major acquisitions are also described in the report like the acquisition of SigmaTech Inc. (U.S.) by MicroSense LLC (U.S.) which enhances MicroSenses portfolio of sensing technologies. Similarly, important partnerships & agreements are also discussed like the agreement between TPK Holdings (Taiwan) & Apple, Inc. (U.S.) under which TPK Holdings touch panels are used in the Apples iPad.
All the applications, industry verticals, and their sub segments are discussed in the report. Different operating modes of the capacitive sensors are also discussed in the report. Different geographical regions are also discussed on the basis of the different applications.
This research report categorizes the global capacitive sensors market based on various applications and industry verticals market; it also covers the revenue foretold from 2013 to 2018 and future applications of the sensors. It describes the demand for capacitive sensors in various regions. The report describes the applications mapping in the market with respect to the growth potential and adoption by the various companies.
On the basis of the applications
Capacitive sensors are used for various applications like touch sensing, motion sensing, position sensing, pressure sensing, level sensing, and flow sensing. Touch sensing is considered to be the major application. Motion sensing application is expected to witness a significant growth in the next five years because of the technological advancement in the automotive industry and consumer electronics sector. Capacitive accelerometers and magnetometers are in huge demand in the above-mentioned sectors.
On the basis of the Industry verticals
All the applications mentioned above are used in different industry verticals like consumer electronics, factory automation, automotive, medical, and others. Consumer electronics is the major industrial sector that contributes the maximum to the overall revenue in the market. In consumer electronics, touch sensing & motion sensing applications are mostly used for various devices like smartphones, tablets, portable media players, gaming consoles, and others.
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