NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The NDT in Automotive & Transportation market is segmented by Type (Equipment, Services), Testing Technology (Radiography Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Electromagnetic Testing, Liquid Penetrant Testing, Visual Inspection, Eddy Current), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

 NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market Overview
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.8 %
 NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The NDT in the Automotive & Transportation market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period (2022-2027). Nondestructive testing (NDT) technology is a vital means to improve the quality control of automobiles in the automotive industry. Currently, NDT technology is applied in many aspects like research and development, manufacturing and maintenance of automobiles.

  • By using the non-destructive monitoring method in the automotive and transportation industry, it is possible to find out the various defects existing in different materials and components by testing the internal structure of different materials and showing different responses to heat, sound, light, electricity, etc., without damaging the object under inspection. Simultaneously, the type, characteristics, number, size, and location of the formed defects and other parameters can be obtained through inspection.
  • NDT can be used to test the uniformity and reliability of various materials, mostly applied to aspects like quantitative analysis of the correlation between different types and intensity of defects; evaluation of the remaining life and load life of various components; detection of internal structural incompleteness and defects originated during the operation of different equipment, so as to find the problems of equipment in a more timely manner and ensure the safety of the equipment in operation.
  • Radiation detection methods are being widely used in the automotive industry. For instance, the radiation irradiation method, based on the fact that different materials have different absorption and attenuation properties to the rays, is employed as the blackness of the negative can be used to detect the defects existing in the material. It is used in the automotive industry to inspect castings and welded components. For example, camshafts and wheel hubs are inspected.
  • In April 2021, the TACOMA project was announced, which strives to develop an advanced solution for the automotive industry as it increases the use of carbon fibre reinforced polymer parts as an aid to light-weighting. While it is already possible to spot defects in composite parts using different non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques, the speed of inspection is still a limiting factor, especially for high-volume production environments. Additionally, many of the existing NDT techniques are only capable of locating certain defects. The project aims to solve these issues by delivering a unique rapid X-ray detection system complete with imaging software that is suitable for high-volume, high-speed automotive manufacturing applications. Such initiatives would aid in the expansion of the studied market.
  • However, the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the automotive industry due to the disruptions in supply chain, slump in demand, fluctuation in process and unavailability of raw materials. For instance, according to the OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles), the estimated worldwide motor vehicle production decreased from 97 million vehicles in 2018 to 78 million vehicles in 2020. In 2021, almost 80 million motor vehicles were produced worldwide, which translates into an increase of around 3%, compared with 2020.

Scope of the Report

Non-destructive testing is testing and analysis method used by several industries to test the properties of a material, component, structure, or system for any form of characteristic discrepancies or welding defects. The integrity of a design/structure is verified through this process in a way such that the performance of that component is not degraded due to the test. Hence, it plays a vital role in ensuring the product's viability in the automotive industry.

The NDT in the Automotive & Transportation market is segmented by Type (Equipment, Services), Testing Technology (Radiography Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Electromagnetic Testing, Liquid Penetrant Testing, Visual Inspection, Eddy Current), and Geography.

By Type
Equipment
Services
By Testing Technology
Radiography Testing
Ultrasonic Testing
Magnetic Particle Testing and Electromagnetic Testing
Liquid Penetrant Testing
Visual Inspection
Eddy Current
Others
By Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Europe
United Kingdm
Germany
France
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
China
Japan
India
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Eddy Current Testing Technology is Expected to Drive Growth

  • Eddy current testing employs electromagnetic induction to detect and characterize surface and sub-surface flaws and defects in metallic materials. The eddy current inspection method can detect ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic materials. Additionally, the material is not required to have a specific electrical conductivity.
  • The Eddy current detection method utilizes a device where a coil of the conductive wire is excited with an alternating electrical current. The wire coil creates an alternating magnetic field around itself. The field generated oscillates at the same frequency as the current passing through the coil. When the coil comes closer to a conductive material, currents opposed to the ones in the coil are induced in the material, known as eddy currents, according to Lenz’s Law. It is mostly used in detector valves, ball pins, ring seats, and other components in automotive applications.
  • The most recent generation of handheld eddy current instruments, like Zetec's MIZ-21C, have the processing power, software, and battery life to perform inspections nearly anywhere, including C-Scan functionality that offers the technician and production staff real-time visual feedback. Even when the surface is uneven or complicated geometry, eddy current coils may stay near and nominally perpendicular to the material with flexible surface probes like Zetec's Surf-X array probe.
  • Some of the companies providing eddy current equipment are PCE Instruments, Trinity NDT, ETher NDE, and Bokena, among others, which provide industry-specific devices. For example, Tapered Roller Online Eddy Current Flaw Detector YZGZET-01 is used in the automotive and aerospace industries. The industry is witnessing several collaborations to leverage synergies and exploit enhanced technical capabilities, expanded manufacturing abilities, and robust investments in R&D.
  • Further, eddy current inspection systems can be automated and incorporated into the production line in high-volume automotive component manufacturing scenarios. Unlike other non-destructive testing methods, in-line eddy current inspections are fast, clean, and keep the line moving. They also provide the benefit of consistency.
 NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market Trends

Asia Pacific Region is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • At the same time of the rapid development of electronic technology and computer technology in the APAC region, NDT technology is also continuously changing in the direction of digitalization, efficiency, and more NDT technologies show the characteristics of high sensitivity, stability, and efficiency. The industry is demanding new test methods to determine the present quality of automobile parts, which is expected to influence the studied market positively. For example, in order to perform 3D SAFT (Synthetic Aperture Focusing technique) inspections, Toshiba, a Japan-based company, created the Matrixeyeultrasonic testing device, a phased array-equipped piece of equipment. The automotive sector may use Matrixeye to test welds without causing any damage, and robots can carry out the inspection automatically.
  • According to the Indian Brand Equity Foundation, In FY21, India produced 22.65 million cars annually, with 13 million built between April and October 2021. Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) hit a new high of 5,592 units in the third quarter of FY22. Overall, 329,190 electric vehicles (EVs) were sold in India in 2021, representing a 168% YoY increase over the 122,607 units sold the previous year.
  • Further, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers(CAAM), China’s production of cars (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) witnessed an increase from 25,225 thousand units in 2020 to 26,082 thousand units in 2021. Such a huge increase in automotive production, and manufacturing capacity expansions in the region, would create lucrative opportunities for the NDT market.
  • Additionally, significant expenditures are being made on repairing the key infrastructure in developing nations like India, including roads, and railways, many of which are very old. The backbone of the Indian economy and infrastructural growth, the Indian Railways is one of the greatest transportation networks in the world. According to Indian railways, it has a sizable fleet of locomotives, carriages, and wagons, as well as 119,724 bridges spread across a wide network of 62,495 route miles. Hence, to carry out proper maintenance, the Indian Railway is employing non-destructive testing such as ultrasonic testing. The Indian Railway frequently conducts test runs of the diagnostic railcar with a system for continuous ultrasonic inspection made by TVEMA. Thus, maintaining infrastructure in emerging countries is likely to drive the growth of the market studied.
  • Moreover, to determine the welding strength of the automotive parts and to gauge the painting thickness on the doors and body of the vehicles., several companies in the region are developing new products. For instance, in April 2021, a Japan-based company, Nikon Corporation, introduced the Lasermeister102A, a new optical processing system capable of titanium alloy additive manufacturing. A high-precision laser is used in the Lasermeister series to process metal in a variety of ways, including 3D printing, laser welding, and additive manufacturing.
 NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market Analysis

Competitive Landscape

The NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market is competitive with significant players like Mistras Group, Olympus Corporation, SGS Group, etc. The market players are striving to innovate comprehensive products and solutions to cater to the evolving automotive industry's complex requirements through collaborations, mergers, and extensive R&D investments.

  • January 2022 - Zetec, a former subsidiary of Roper Technologies, Inc., had been fully acquired by Eddyfi/NDT. All of Zetec's people and technologies would be added to Eddyfi Technologies' portfolio. Eddyfi Technologies would be responsible for promoting the Zetec brand in major industries where it is well established, including power generation, aerospace, defense, rail, and manufacturing.
  • January 2022 - Applus+ Laboratories opened a new laboratory for testing EV batteries, dedicated to battery testing for ECE R100 homologation and UN DOT 38.3 compliance. The new lab, dedicated to battery testing for ECE R100 homologation and UN DOT 38.3 compliance, is already up and running at their UK test center, Applus+ 3C Test.

Recent Development

  • February 2022 - The field-proven phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) product line from Olympus received improved power and performance from the new OmniScan X3 64 fault detector. The total focusing method (TFM) imaging data acquisition speed can be increased using this 64-channel instrument's pulse capacity to drive phased array (PA) probes with more elements.
  • February 2022 - YXLON International unveiled a new computed tomography system to the world market with the three online events. The new YXLON UX50, with its lightweight and robust construction, has been created specifically for the industrial environment, with an emphasis on the automotive and foundry industries. The system is intended for testing elements of conventional drive technology and the expanding e-mobility with its unique requirements.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumption & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power Of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power Of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat Of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat Of Substitutes

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity Of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of the Impact of Covid-19 on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Upsurge in the Demand for EVs

      2. 5.1.2 Increase in Demand for Flaw Detection to Reduce Repair Cost

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Lack of Skilled Workforce

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 Equipment

      2. 6.1.2 Services

    2. 6.2 By Testing Technology

      1. 6.2.1 Radiography Testing

      2. 6.2.2 Ultrasonic Testing

      3. 6.2.3 Magnetic Particle Testing and Electromagnetic Testing

      4. 6.2.4 Liquid Penetrant Testing

      5. 6.2.5 Visual Inspection

      6. 6.2.6 Eddy Current

      7. 6.2.7 Others

    3. 6.3 By Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

        1. 6.3.1.1 United States

        2. 6.3.1.2 Canada

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

        1. 6.3.2.1 United Kingdm

        2. 6.3.2.2 Germany

        3. 6.3.2.3 France

        4. 6.3.2.4 Rest of Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. 6.3.3.1 China

        2. 6.3.3.2 Japan

        3. 6.3.3.3 India

        4. 6.3.3.4 South Korea

        5. 6.3.3.5 Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

        1. 6.3.4.1 Brazil

        2. 6.3.4.2 Mexico

        3. 6.3.4.3 Rest of Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East & Africa

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Mistras Group

      2. 7.1.2 Baker Hughes(GE)

      3. 7.1.3 NikonMetrology Inc.

      4. 7.1.4 Magnaflux Corporation

      5. 7.1.5 Olympus Corporation

      6. 7.1.6 SGS Group

      7. 7.1.7 Intertek Group PLC

      8. 7.1.8 Applus Services, S.A.

      9. 7.1.9 Yxlon International GmbH

      10. 7.1.10 Tuv Rheinland Ag

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. FUTURE OUTLOOK

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Frequently Asked Questions

The NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.8% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Mistras Group, NikonMetrology Inc., Olympus Corporation, SGS Group, Intertek Group PLC are the major companies operating in NDT in Automotive & Transportation Market.

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