GVR Report cover Breath Analyzers Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Breath Analyzers Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Technology (Fuel Cell, Semiconductor Sensor, Infrared Spectroscopy), By Application (Alcohol Detection, Medical), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2024

  • Published Date: Jun 2018
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-905-0
  • Number of Pages: 80
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015

Industry Insights

The global breath analyzers market size was valued at USD 1.4 billion in 2016. Strict implementation of road safety laws across the world and rising demand for efficient as well as accurate alcohol and narcotics detection devices are primarily propelling the market growth.

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Early diagnosis of diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) plays a key role in success rate of their treatment. Breath analyzers offer a quick primary diagnosis based on exhaled air contents. Growing applications in private use such as measurement of breath carbon monoxide (CO) in smoking cessation activities is expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period.

Breath analyzing devices are widely used for breath alcohol detection by law enforcement agencies to improve road traffic safety. Growing awareness levels and legal requirements in workplaces to keep the environment drug- and alcohol-free. This has resultantly increased demand from offices, workplaces, and schools. Constantly escalating demand in the recent past is anticipated to drive the breath analyzer market in the near future.

However, conflict over the accuracy of different types of analyzers, high susceptibility to external factors like temperature, BMI of subject, and certain prescription drugs can hinder growth of the market. Nevertheless, introduction of innovative devices designed to reduce these problems is expected to drive the market growth positively.

Technology Insights

Based on type of technology used, the global breath analyzers market is segmented into fuel cell, semiconductor sensor, infrared spectroscopy, and others. Fuel cell technology captured the largest revenue share in 2016.

The use of fuel cell technology in breath analyzers has shown significant growth in recent past. Cases of misreading of ketone and acetone amounts in breath are reduced significantly owing to alcohol sensitivity of fuel cell technology. Due to the benefits such as compact size of devices and minimum power requirements, fuel cell technology has become a gold standard for hand-held devices. Demand for compact and easy-to-use analyzers is expected to provide platform for growth of the market in the near future.

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Owing to the accuracy in detecting breath alcohol, devices equipped with this technology are easily approved by regulatory authorities from various countries. Fuel cell technology can also be combined with infrared spectrometry to get real-time and accurate data, especially when a large number of subjects are being examined.

Application Insights

Technological developments have enabled detection of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) through breath analyzers. Detection of VOCs is expected to aid in early diagnosis of conditions including cardiopulmonary diseases and lung and breast cancer. VOCs can also play as biomarkers to assess disease progressions. These developments are expected to expand the clinical applications of these analyzers.

Applications of breath analyzers are currently limited to drug abuse, alcohol detection, and diagnosis of asthma and gastroenteric conditions. The alcohol detection segment is currently dominating the market with over 39% revenue share. The medical application segment is expected to show lucrative growth during the forecast period, owing to introduction of advanced technologies to detect nitric oxide and carbon monoxide in breath.

Regional Insights

North America dominated with the largest revenue share in 2016. This dominance is attributed to highly developed economy, high adaption rates, and awareness about road traffic safety. The region is expected to continue dominating over the forecast period owing to the widening application of these devices. The market size is expected to show a lucrative growth rate due to rise in short and easy product approval procedures.

Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit the fastest growth during the forecast period. Major markets in the region include India, China, Japan, Australia, and Malaysia. Usage of breath analyzers in these countries is still limited to law enforcement departments and surgery rooms of hospitals. Untapped markets of breathalyzers used privately and in restaurants/bars offer a huge opportunity for growth.

Breath Analyzers Market Share Insights

The global market is highly fragmented with the presence of many small and medium-size players with low entry and exit barriers to new entrants. Companies entering with innovative products have great scope for growth as the demand for innovative products is high.

Major players are Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA; LifelocTechnologies, Quest Products, Inc.; Akers Biosciences Inc.; Intoximeter Inc.; Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corporation; MPD, Inc.; AK GlobalTech Corporation; Envitec Wismar GmbH; and Alcovisor.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2024

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2024

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA

Country Scope     

U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, China, India, Mexico

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2024. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global breath analyzers market report on the basis of technology, application, and region:

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • Fuel Cell Technology

    • Semiconductor Sensor

    • Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy

    • Others (FAIM, Mass Spectroscopy, Smart Crystals)

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • Drug Abuse Detection

    • Alcohol Detection

    • Medical Applications

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • MEA

      • South Africa

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