GVR Report cover Precision Gearbox Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Precision Gearbox Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Planetary, Harmonic, Cycloidal), By Application (Robotics, Military & Aerospace, Packaging, Medical), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2028

  • Published Date: Aug, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-007-1
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2017 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 143

Report Overview 

The global precision gearbox market size was estimated at USD 2.4 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% from 2020 to 2028. Rising awareness about the product benefits across various industries including military and aerospace, machine tools, material handling, robotics, and medical, is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

U.S. precision gearbox market size, by product, 2018 - 2028 (USD Million)

The market witnessed a steep decline in growth, owing to a lack of demand from the industrial sector. The government-imposed restrictions caused a temporary closure across a wide range of industries, which resulted in a lack of new installations and maintenance and repair of existing automation systems, thereby limiting product demand.

In addition, a large number of manufacturers suffered huge financial losses due to the pandemic, leading to a number of manufacturers opting to postpone the installation of new automation systems. However, the industry witnessed a significant rise in product demand from the medical sector, which benefitted the market.

The market in the U.S. is expected to be driven by increased military expenditure towards the adoption of advanced munition, advanced technology systems, and advanced targeting systems. In addition, the increasing installation of automation systems in several industries such as automotive, food and consumer goods, metals, and semiconductors is expected to drive the market.

Direct-drive actuators are likely to pose a threat of substitution owing to their benefits such as low maintenance, minimized cost, and compact design. However, a lack of precision in movements is likely to restrict its demand across the application industries. This is projected to keep the threat of substitution low.

Product manufacturers are forward integrated and engaged in the distribution and supply of the manufactured goods. This allows the manufacturers to gain a higher market share and build a stronger market position. In addition, the manufacturers prefer a consultative approach to provide optimum solutions and meet the exact consumer requirements.

Product Insights

The planetary precision gearbox segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of about 70.0% in 2020. The product is increasingly used in several industrial and mobile applications, including track drives, mixing, pumps, auger and drilling drives, hoist drives, and cutter head drives. Their high efficiency, high power density, and low backlash make them ideal for usage in several applications such as material handling equipment, machine tools, and food and beverage processing. Planetary precision gearboxes are generally used for applications that need high accuracy and reliability of the system.

Harmonic precision gearboxes are used across several industrial applications such as machine tools and electronic equipment. The high precision harmonic gearbox is used in robots and semiconductor devices that have compact designs and need high accuracy levels, whereas a low precision gearbox is used for antenna systems. Standard precision systems are most widely used in food and beverages and machine tools applications.

The cycloidal precision gearbox is primarily utilized for applications that require precise and accurate positioning properties. These gearing systems display better shock resistance characteristics as compared to industrial gearboxes, thus driving their demand over the forecast period. The primary advantage of the cycloidal gearbox is the property of zero or near-zero backlash, leading to high accuracy and precision for the system.

Application Insights

The robotics application segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of about 19.0% in 2020. This growth can be attributed to the growing utilization of robotic devices, owing to the advantages they provide with respect to consistency and precision, high throughput rates, and minimization of waste and scrap.

The market growth in material handling applications is expected to be driven by their wide usage in bucket elevators and stacker reclaimer drives to control their movement and speed. Precision gearboxes help to regularize the right movement of conveyer belts and wagon tipplers by maintaining the required speed of operation of the equipment.

Global precision gearbox market share, by application, 2020 (%)

The product is widely used in assembly with servo motors to drive the packaging process and play a crucial role in maintaining uniformity of product by driving the machine at a constant set speed, thus leading to its increased demand. In addition, these gearboxes have high torque efficiency that helps to increase the efficiency of packaging in manufacturing machines.

The manufacturers are providing customized gearboxes to food and beverage companies, with high torque density and high precision to improve the output of food processing equipment. In addition, they offer products with advanced safety protection to avoid contamination of food products due to corrosion of gearboxes.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the precision gearbox market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 64.0% in 2020. This growth is owing to the growing utilization of robotics and automation technologies and advanced material handling equipment in several industries such as cement, metallurgy, and machine tools. China, India, and Japan are witnessing high investments by companies in industries such as cement and steel for the adoption of advanced systems for increasing their production capacity.

The rapid growth in the military and aerospace industry in the U.S. and Canada is expected to drive market growth in North America. Precision gearboxes are utilized in several military applications such as smart munitions, periscope systems, and electro-optical targeting systems. Precision gearboxes are also used in motion control systems in aircraft.

In Europe, the market is witnessing wide product adoption as a substitute for industrial gearboxes, owing to the ability to perform repetitive tasks with higher uniformity and precision. In addition, the growing adoption of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning is expected to drive the usage of Robotics and Advanced (R&A) machinery technologies to perform industrial operations with high accuracy and less time.

Expansion of the medical sector in Middle East and Africa is anticipated to benefit product demand over the forecast period. Factors such as the rising focus on prevention and well-being rather than simple treatment are projected to propel the demand for medical devices. Expansion of the medical industry is projected to fuel product demand to ensure smooth functioning and efficiency of devices.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key industry participants spend heavily on product innovation and customized products to meet customer needs. Continuous research and development in the design have led to the introduction of a compact and miniature-sized precise lineup of gearboxes used in robotics and motion control industrial applications. Key industry players are expected to maintain their position in the market by introducing innovative products, thereby expanding their product portfolio. The product launches with advanced features and customized product offerings are likely to strengthen the position of the industry players. Some of the prominent players in the precision gearbox market include:

  • Nidec-Shimpo Corporation

  • Neugart GmbH

  • Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A.

  • Nabtesco Corporation

  • Parker-Hannifin Corporation

Precision Gearbox Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 2.5 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 4.7 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.9% from 2020 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2020 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; Japan; South Korea; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

Nidec-Shimpo Corporation; Neugart GmbH; Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A.; Nabtesco Corporation;

Parker-Hannifin Corporation

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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 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global precision gearbox market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Planetary

      • High Precision

      • Low Precision

      • Standard Precision

    • Harmonic

      • High Precision

      • Low Precision

      • Standard Precision

    • Cycloidal

      • High Precision

      • Low Precision

      • Standard Precision

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Military & Aerospace

    • Food, Beverage, & Tobacco

    • Machine Tools

    • Materials Handling

    • Packaging

    • Robotics

    • Medical

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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