The global Breath Analyzer Market was valued at USD 1,165.2 million in 2015. The worldwide implementation of strict road-safety laws and the rising demand for efficient as well as accurate alcohol and narcotic content detectors are primarily propelling growth.
The early diagnosis of diseases, such as cancer, tuberculosis, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), plays a key role in the success rate of the treatment. Breath analyzers offer a quick preliminary diagnosis on the basis of exhaled air contents. Therefore, the adoption of these devices is increasing in professional as well as personal settings.
China Breath Analyzer Market, By Technology, 2014 - 2024 (USD Million)
Breath analyzing devices are widely used for breath alcohol detection by law enforcement agencies to improve the road traffic safety. The growing awareness levels and the legal requirements in the workplaces to keep the environment drug and alcohol-free and the resultant increase in the demand for the breath analyzers in offices, workplaces, and schools, which has been constantly escalating in the recent past are driving the Breath Analyzer Market.
Some factors that challenge growth are the variations in the results associated with the different devices used, both, in professional and private settings and the high susceptibility of these devices to the external factors such as temperature and certain prescription drugs. Additionally, the adoption rate of these devices is lower in Asia Pacific and Latin America owing to the relatively less stringent set of traffic regulations that apply in these regions, which is impeding the global market growth.
Based on the type of the technology used, the breath analyzers are segmented into fuel cell, semiconductor sensor, infrared spectroscopy, and others. The fuel cell technology captured the largest revenue share in 2015. The dominance of this segment is expected to continue throughout the forecast period owing to the advantages associated with this technology, such as mobility and compactness offered as they can be handheld; and the accuracy, alcohol specificity, and reliability with regard to the readings obtained.
The semiconductor sensor technology is used extensively in the cost-effective devices, which yield qualitative results wherein the accuracy of the readings is not necessary. The growing popularity of these devices is expected to maintain the demand for the semiconductor sensor-based products. Application based categorization include drug abuse detection, alcohol detection, and medical applications. Alcohol detection dominated the global space with a share of 38.7% in 2015 owing to the implementation of the strict road safety laws across the world.
Moreover, the wide applicability of these products in the diagnosis of asthma, lung cancer, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are expected to drive the medical application segment at a rapid growth rate during the forecast period from 2016 to 2024.
In 2015, North America and Europe captured the majority of the global Breath Analyzer Market share. The prime factors driving growth in North America and Europe are strict traffic safety laws, faster adoption of technically advanced products, and the presence of major players in these regions.
Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit the fastest growth during the forecast period. The factors that are expected to augment regional growth are the presence of a large untapped market and rapidly growing economies as well as the easy availability of cheap raw materials and labor.
The global Breath Analyzer Market is highly fragmented with the presence of a large number of local manufacturers competing with the global players. Low entry and exit barriers are offering new entrants an easy entry into the space. Some key players are strategically involved in mergers and acquisitions to expand their share and product offerings with innovative products to remain competent. Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Lifeloc Technologies, Quest products, Inc., Akers Biosciences, Inc., Intoximeter, Inc., Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp., MPD, Inc., AK GlobalTech Corp., Envitec Wismar GmbH, and Alcovisor are some major participants.
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