GVR Report cover Volatile Organic Compound Gas Sensor Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Volatile Organic Compound Gas Sensor Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis By Type (Single, Multiple), By Technology (PID, IR-based, Metal Oxide), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-135-1
  • Number of Pages: 143
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global volatile organic compound gas sensor market size was valued at USD 141.7 million in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.0% from 2019 to 2025. These sensors are used for measuring the concentration of various gases in their vicinity, such as ethene, benzene, methylene chloride, propane, acetone, and ethanol among others. Increasing awareness about air pollution is one of the key opportunity drivers for the market. The demand is expected to continue rising owing to features such as the detection of explosive or toxic gases at safe distances.

The increasing imposition of regulations and policies by government associations, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), has resulted in the large-scale adoption in various industries. The volatile organic compound (VOC) sensors are compact in size and can be easily installed in harsh environments. Additionally, vendors are focusing on manufacturing products that are compact and have improved electronics and can provide real-time information regarding on-field activities.

U.S. Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) gas sensor market

At present, increasing awareness about indoor and outdoor air quality is driving the demand in industrial as well as private environmental monitoring. The efficiency of VOC gas sensors used in industrial applications is very low and consume more power at high temperature. Thus, the need for sensors with high accuracy and low power consumption is a critical driver for the current industrial sensor market.

New technologies, such as miniaturized Photo Ionization Detectors (PIDs) for measurement, Non-dispersive Infrared (NDIR) sensors for combustible gas, and additional types of substance-specific electrochemical sensors, are available for incorporation into multi-sensor portable instruments. VOC sensors are majorly used in the oil and gas industry to detect leaks on drilling platforms (upstream), pipelines, trailers and tanker vessels (midstream), and refining and storage facilities (downstream).

Developments in wireless sensors, miniaturized systems, and flexible electronics for consumer markets boost growth. However, the rise in the adoption of these wireless products with the Internet of Things (IoT) may hamper the wired VOC gas sensor market in the forthcoming years.

Type Insights

Single gas detection sensors detect one gas at a time and they are majorly used in automotive applications. They are best suited for combustible gases, acetone, butadiene, xylene, toluene, tetrachloroethylene, methylene chloride, and benzene, among others. Every process involving the manipulation and production of hydrocarbons emits VOC gases. As a result, the product is used for industrial applications such as oil refining, chemical processing, and petrochemical plant among others.

Multiple gas detection sensors are widely used in the oil and gas sector owing to their portability and cost-effectiveness. These detectors are most commonly used for monitoring pipeline operations and detecting different gases, such as benzene, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, MTBE, and formaldehyde. In addition, the products are used as VOC analyzers for the detection of leakage in components such as valves, pumps, connectors, compressors, and open-ended lines. Moreover, multiple gas detectors are also used in Method 21 for monitoring fugitive emissions.

Technology Insights

Metal oxide semiconductor gas sensors operate when VOC gas comes in contact with metal oxide surfaces as oxidation or reduction of the gas changes conductivity or resistivity of the metal oxide surface. The conductivity of resistivity change is measured by electronic circuitry. These products are cost-efficient and detect toxic and combustible gases. They are widely used by end-use industries such as automotive, petrochemical, and medical owing to the benefits such as resistance to corrosion and longer life. Semiconductor technology-based sensors accounted for a considerable market share in 2018.

The main advantage of IR gas sensors is that the detector does not directly interact with the gas. They use infrared radiations for the detection of gases. They include IR source, detectors, and optical filter. However, their cost is significantly higher than the electrochemical sensors, with an estimated price of USD 250 to USD 300 per product.

Application Insights

While production optimization remains the main focus for implementing sensors in oil and gas, health and safety are also important aspects. As a result, the use of VOC sensors is growing at a rapid pace for the real-time tracking of reservoir environment, monitoring of pipelines, monitoring of benzene leaks, and remote monitoring of plant equipment. In addition, technology developments in error tolerance, multi-node collaboration, and smart nodes are further driving the growth of the volatile organic compound gas sensor market. Increasing demand for natural gas and petroleum has led to potential risks during production, such as exposure to toxic and combustible gases during extraction as well as gas leakage.

Europe Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) gas sensor market

The food and beverage manufacturing industry are expected to witness the rapid adoption of digital transformation and smart manufacturing initiatives in the forthcoming years. This growth is expected to arise from numerous food processing industry players that are functional across the value chain. Implementation of VOC sensors in food materials for the detection of VOC gases has, in turn, is anticipated to boost the product demand.

Regional Insights

Europe led the market in 2018, attributed to increased IT investments and advancements in sensor technologies in the region. Growing demand for sensors that can be integrated into handheld devices has encouraged technological advancements. The high focus of the governments on energy efficiency and emission control standards has resulted in the proliferation of VOC sensors in the automotive sector in Europe. The growth in end-use industries and increasing application avenues are also expected to be the major factors driving regional growth.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest-growing region owing to the increasing industrial automation in countries such as China, India, and Japan, where these sensors are largely used in chemical and petrochemical and oil and gas industries owing to their fast speed of response in case of a leakage of combustible gases.

Volatile Organic Compound Gas Sensor Market Share Insights

Prominent players leading the market includeAlphaSense; City Technology Ltd.; Bosch Sensortec; ABB Ltd; Siemens AG; Aeroqual Limited; SGX Sensortech; Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; EcoSensors; and GfG Europe Ltd. The majority of the players are manufacturing IR based VOC sensor above 1.8 microns as most gases such as butane, methylene chloride, propane, acetone, and combustible gases are absorbed in a wavelength ranging from 2.0 microns to 4.0 microns.

Sensor manufacturers focus on investing in R&D facilities with an aim to boost technology development.Key players have employed innovative concepts and ideas, improved manufacturing techniques, and enhanced their products and profitability to gain a competitive edge. They have adopted product launch as their key developmental strategy to cater to the demand from end users. Furthermore, they have undertaken acquisitions and business expansions to improve their product offerings and to boost the production process as well as to expand their sales into different geographies.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, India, Japan, China, and Brazil

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, 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 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global volatile organic compound gas sensor market report based on type, technology, application, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Single Gas Detection Sensor

    • Multiple Gas Detection Sensor

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Photo-Ionization Detector (PID)

    • Infrared-based Detection

    • Metal-oxide Semiconductor

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Oil & Gas

    • Agriculture

    • Automotive

    • Chemical Industry

    • Manufacturing

    • Food & Beverages

    • Metals & Mining

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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