Laser Distance Sensor Market Size Report, Share Analysis and Forecast 2030

Laser Distance Sensor Market Size and Forecasts (2020 - 2030), Global and Regional Share, Trends, and Growth Opportunity Analysis Report Coverage: By Distance (Between 2 and 10 Meters, Between 11 and 100 Meters, Between 101 and 200 Meters, and Between 201 and 500 Meters), Accuracy (1 mm at 2 Sigma, 3 mm with 2 Sigma, and 5 mm at 2 Sigma), and End User (Manufacturing, Construction, Automotive and Robotics, Aerospace and Defense, Geospatial Industry, and Others)

Publication Month : Dec 2023

  • Report Code : TIPRE00032622
  • Category : Electronics and Semiconductor
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 197
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[Research Report] The laser distance sensor market size was valued at US$ 1.26 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach US$ 2.48 billion by 2030. The laser distance sensor market is estimated to record a CAGR of 8.8% from 2022 to 2030.

Analyst Perspective:

The rise in government focus on the automation of manufacturing facilities generates the demand for laser distance sensors. The advanced sensing application helps enhance the operational efficiencies in the manufacturing facilities. Therefore, the increase in government investments to boost the manufacturing industry fosters the laser distance sensor market growth. In addition, the automotive industry is one of the major applications of laser distance sensors. The integration of advanced technologies in automotive vehicles drives the laser distance sensor market.

Laser Distance Sensor Market Overview:

A laser distance sensor is a component that uses a laser beam to calculate the distance between the objects. These sensors measure distances and allow taking measurements at great distances. They work based on the time-of-flight (ToF) principle, where the sensor emits a laser beam and receives its reflection. The time that elapses between sending and receiving the laser beam light helps the laser distance sensor determine the distance.

Laser distance sensors have diverse applications. For example, Sensor Partners, a leading supplier of sensors, provides laser distance sensors for level measurements in silos, flow optimization in warehouses, and the mooring of ships in container terminals. These sensors accurately calculate the distance to a certain object and ensure maximum safety and enhanced automated operations. In addition, the company also provides sensors that can be used in environments with a risk of explosion due to the presence of gas and/or dust in the air.

Laser Distance Sensor Market Driver:

Strategic Initiatives by Market Players Drive Laser Distance Sensor Market Growth

Laser distance sensors provide precise distance, spacing, and position measurements. They provide accurate and precise measurement of distance, making them ideal for application in consumer electronics, medical, industrial, automation, and other such industries. With the rise in demand from these industries, a few major players in the laser distance sensor market are focused on implementing a wide range of organic and inorganic growth strategies to cater to the growing demand for several industry verticals, further driving the laser distance sensor market size. A few of these growth strategies are mentioned below:

  • In March 2023, Panasonic presented the new laser distance sensor HG-F, which can detect reliably at distances of up to 3 m using ToF (Time of Flight) technology. The sensor can also be installed at a certain distance from the object to be measured so that employees or the movement radius of cobots or robot arms can operate freely.
  • In June 2023, Micro-Epsilon, a precision sensor supplier, introduced a non-contact laser distance sensor that measures distances up to 270 m with a resolution of 1 mm. This sensor measures reliably even in difficult environments such as dark, structured, or weakly reflecting objects.
  • In January 2020, Leonardo merged Selex Galileo Inc. and Lasertel Inc. businesses to create US-based Leonardo Electronics US Inc. to provide next-generation technologies for medical, defense, security, automotive, and industrial segments. This acquisition helped target the US customer base.

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Laser Distance Sensor Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 1.26 billion in 2022
Market Size Value byUS$ 2.48 billion by 2030
Growth rateCAGR of 8.8% from 2022 to 2030
Forecast Period2022-2030
Base Year2022
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Laser Distance Sensor Market Report Segmentation and Scope:

The laser distance sensor market is segmented based on distance, accuracy, end user, and geography. Based on distance, the laser distance sensor market is segmented into between 2 and 10 meters, between 11 and 100 meters, between 101 and 200 meters, and between 201 and 500 meters. Based on accuracy, the laser distance sensor market is segmented into 1 mm at 2 sigma, 3 mm with 2 sigma, and 5 mm at 2 sigma. By end user, the laser distance sensor market is segmented into manufacturing, construction, automotive and robotics, aerospace and defense, geospatial industry, and others. Based on geography, the laser distance sensor market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America.

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Laser Distance Sensor Market Segmental Analysis:

By end user, the laser distance sensor market is segmented into manufacturing, construction, automotive and robotics, aerospace & defense, geospatial industry, and others. The automotive and robotics segment held the largest laser distance sensor market share in 2022. Laser distance sensors give precise distance, spacing, and position measurements, which makes them suitable for applications in the automotive & robotics industry. These sensors ensure better process stability and allow fully automated processing by robots, regardless of the measured object's properties. With the help of these sensors, higher efficiency can be achieved. These sensors also assist in the precise and quick positioning of the parts when combined with an installation robot, ensuring processing without waiting periods. Laser distance sensors also find applications in automotive light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems, aiding in autonomous driving by providing accurate distance measurements and 3D mapping of the surroundings.

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Laser Distance Sensor Market Regional Analysis:

The Asia Pacific laser distance sensor market was valued at US$ 277.09 million in 2022, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.0% during the forecast period to reach US$ 594.24 million in 2030. The Asia Pacific laser distance sensor market is segmented into Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the Rest of Asia Pacific. The automotive industry across Asia Pacific is experiencing significant growth. According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, countries such as India, China, Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand have experienced a significant rise in vehicle production volume in 2022. Additionally, regional and global automotive manufacturers are investing in establishing new vehicle production plants across the region. For instance, in March 2022, Triton Electric Vehicle LLC announced the launch of its new production plant in Gujarat, India. In addition, in June 2022, BMW announced the opening of its new electric vehicle production plant in China with an investment of US$ 2.2 billion. Thus, the development of the automotive industry requires laser distance sensors for advanced lighting systems for longer-range visibility. Automobile laser distance sensors are also used for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and other sensing requirements. Thus, the growing automotive industry fosters the laser distance sensor market share of the region.

Governments of several Asia Pacific countries are also planning numerous initiatives that support the adoption of robotics in the region. For example, in December 2021, China revealed an improved version of the "Made in China 2025," a blueprint for industrial policy. Under this, the government released a five-year smart manufacturing development plan to digitize 70% of the country's large enterprises. In addition, the Japanese government implemented the New Robot Strategy through investments in the manufacturing, healthcare, infrastructure, and agriculture sectors to integrate automated solutions. Thus, the regional manufacturers focus on manufacturing industrial robots and upgrading equipment and processes. Initiatives by the government to bring automation in various industries generate the demand for laser distance sensors in light detection and ranging simultaneous localization and mapping (Lidar SLAM) systems. In these systems, laser distance sensors give accurate measurements via sensing technology. Due to the growing demand for laser distance sensors, market players are launching solutions that further fuel the market growth. For instance, in January 2023, Mileseey launched DP20 PRO, a bilateral laser distance meter.

Laser Distance Sensor Market Key Player Analysis:

Sick AG, ifm Electronic GmbH, Baumer Holding AG, Keyence Corp, Leuze electronic GmbH & Co KG, Pepperl+Fuchs SE, Wenglor Sensoric Electronic Devices GmbH, Banner Engineering Corp, Pantron Instruments GmbH, and Jenoptik AG are among the key companies operating in the laser distance sensor market.

Laser Distance Sensor Market Recent Developments: 

Inorganic and organic strategies such as mergers and acquisitions are highly adopted by companies in the laser distance sensor market. A few recent key laser distance sensor market developments are listed below:

  • In October 2023, SICK, a German sensor company, and Endress+Hauser, a Swiss measurement and automation technology specialist, announced their intention to enhance their collaboration. The companies aim to establish a strategic partnership focused on SICK's process automation business segment, as evidenced by the signing of a joint memorandum of understanding. Through this partnership, the companies seek to leverage their respective capabilities and expertise to offer enhanced customer support in critical areas such as energy and resource efficiency, as well as environmental sustainability and climate protection.
  • In March 2019, KEYENCE Corporation of America, a globally recognized provider of sensors, measuring systems, laser markers, microscopes, and machine vision systems, introduced the IX Series, an innovative image-based laser sensor. This cutting-edge technology combines the capabilities of a camera and a laser, enabling users to accurately determine the position of parts before conducting laser inspection. By doing so, businesses can reduce expenses related to hardware procurement and installation. The IX Series upholds Keyence's reputation for user-friendly setup procedures, ensuring seamless integration into existing operations.
Report Coverage
Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

Segment Covered
Segment Covered

Distance, Accuracy, and End User

Regional Scope
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North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will the laser distance sensor market size be by 2030?

The laser distance sensor market is expected to reach US$ 2.48 Billion by 2030.

What is the estimated global market size for the laser distance sensor market in 2022?

The laser distance sensor market was estimated to be valued at US$ 1.26 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach US$ 2.48 billion by 2030; it is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 8.8% over the forecast period.

What are the future trends of the laser distance sensor market?

The advent of advanced robotic solutions is expected to drive the growth of the laser distance sensor market in the coming years.

What are the driving factors impacting the laser distance sensor market?

The rise in demand for sensors in automotive applications, along with the strategic initiatives by the key players, are driving factors in the laser distance sensor market.

Which is the fastest-growing region in the laser distance sensor market?

Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period.

Which key players hold the major market share of the laser distance sensor market?

The key players holding majority shares in the laser distance sensor market include Sick AG, Pepperl+Fuchs, Banner Engineering Corp, ifm Electronic GmbH, and Jenoptik AG.

Which is the leading type segment in the laser distance sensor market?

The 11- and 100-meter segments led the laser distance sensor market with a significant share in 2022.

The List of Companies - Laser Distance Sensor Market

  1. Sick AG
  2. Ifm Electronic GmbH
  3. Baumer Holding AG
  4. Keyence Corp
  5. Leuze electronic GmbH & Co KG
  6. Pepperl+Fuchs SE
  7. Wenglor Sensoric Electronic Devices GmbH
  8. Banner Engineering Corp
  9. Pantron Instruments GmbH
  10. Jenoptik AG

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