The Rugged Display Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Rugged Display Market is segmented by Product Type (Smartphone and Handheld Computer, Tablet PC, Laptop, and Notebook, etc.), Level of Ruggedness (Semi-rugged, Fully-rugged, Ultra-rugged), Operating System (Android, Windows, Other Operating Systems), End User (Oil and Gas, Government, Defense, and Aerospace, Industrial, etc.) and Geography.

The Rugged Display Industry Overview

Rugged Display Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.5 %

Major Players

Rugged Display Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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The Rugged Display Market Analysis

The rugged display market is expected to reach a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period, 2021- 2026. The market is anticipated to witness a stimulating growth during the forecast period, owing to an increasing demand from various end-user industries.

  • For instance, oil and gas companies need to monitor and maintain assets that cover vast tracts of land both onshore and offshore. These companies need to guarantee asset integrity and proactively spot and manage potential issues in a fast and effective manner. This is required to minimize downtime and maximize productivity, ensuring continuous operation, thus, needs rugged display devices.
  • Rugged display devices come with various advance features, such as improved impact resistance, durability, dust and moisture resistance, readability, wide temperature range, improved contrast ratio, higher display brightness, and low-power consumption, which may positively impact the global market.
  • The key drivers that have driven the market growth are cut in the total cost of ownership (TCO) offered by ruggedized products, when compared to consumer-grade devices in rough environments and rapid growth in the demand for HMI and IoT in different industrial sectors.
  • However, COVID-19 has impacted businesses of several industries, hampering automation and industrial process control. This has impacted the use of HMI, SCADA, and distributed control systems. The impact of COVID-19 on this ecosystem of industrial control systems has challenged the rugged industrial displays market.

The Rugged Display Industry Segments

A rugged display is a display that is specifically designed for operating efficiently in harsh environments and conditions, such as strong vibrations, extreme temperatures, and wet or dusty conditions of use. These displays are manufactured, in order to meet the needs of several industries, including industrial, commercial, defense, and others, in order to withstand tough conditions and attain high performance at low cost. 

Product Type
Smartphone and Handheld Computer
Tablet PC
Laptop and Notebook
Avionics Display
Vehicle-mounted Computer
Panel PC and Mission-critical Display
Level of Ruggedness
Operating System
Other Operating Systems
End User
Oil and Gas
Government, Defense, and Aerospace
Automotive and Transportation
Other End Users
North America
Latin America
Middle-East and Africa

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The Rugged Display Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the The Rugged Display Market according to our research experts:

Rugged Tablets are Expected to Hold Major Share

  • Rugged tablets are specially designed computers that can sustain harsh environments and can be easily operated in rough conditions, such as extreme temperatures, strong vibrations, dry or wet conditions. True rugged tablets are built sturdy inside out, therefore, have the ability to withstand sand, dust, dirt, ice, water, and other extremities.
  • Owing to many advantages, such as readability in direct sun, fully sealed keywords to restrict intrusion of dust or any liquids, strength, durability, along with easy installations in various automotive and defense machinery, there is a substantial increase in the purchase for rugged tablets in sectors, such as defense, healthcare, transportation, retail, agriculture.
  • Fully rugged tablets are the highest selling rugged tablets among the three types. However, high costs and increasing cut-throat competition are a few of the obstacles, which are restricting the growth of rugged tablets.
  • America is the dominating player in the global market for rugged tablets. Zebra and Panasonic are the two popular and highest manufacturing brands in the United States. In July 2019, Zebra Technologies Corporation introduced its new high-performance L10 Android ultra-rugged tablet as a part of Zebra’s extensive portfolio of government and enterprise tablets as well as purpose-built mobile computers for the rigors of challenging warehouse, manufacturing, construction, and field operations environments. 
Rugged Display Market: Unit shipments of rugged smartphones worldwide in million, Global 2016, 2017, and 2021

Asia Pacific is Expected to be The Highest Growing Market

  • The modernization and development of infrastructure, such as smart cities, across the region and the untapped rugged display device applications in government, defense, transportation, and oil and gas industries are driving the growth of rugged displays in this region. In addition, the significant growth of the automotive, transportation, and manufacturing sectors in recent years is also driving the growth of the market.
  • The increasing defense budgets in countries, such as China and India, further drive the growth of the market for the aerospace and defense industry in Asia-Pacific. For instance, the Indian Air Force is making huge investments in the procurement of new aircraft, which may positively impact the growth of the market.
  • Moreover, Japan has the majority of automotive manufacturers and suppliers who are increasingly adopting rugged devices to overcome the challenges regarding inventory management, process monitoring, and control, etc.
Rugged Display Market: Growth Rate by Region (2020 - 2025)

The Rugged Display Market Competitor Analysis

The rugged display market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, several of these players majorly control the market. The market has become highly competitive in the past few years, owing to the rapid pace of development of display technologies and the presence of several companies that are focused on R&D efforts aimed at the development of innovative solutions in the rugged display market.

  • In April 2019, DT Research launched two new rugged tablets named DT380CR and DT380Q, specially designed for military applications and weigh less than two pounds with large screens and high brightness. 
  • In February 2019, Trimble Inc. announced the launch of a new rugged tablet named Trimble T17, specifically designed to work in harsh conditions. The tablet offers various benefits, such as readability in sun, easy to zoom, 64-bit quad-core processor, and a lithium-ion battery.

The Rugged Display Market Top Players

  1. Getac Technology Corp.

  2. Zebra Technologies Corp.

  3. Panasonic Corporation

  4. Kyocera Corp.

  5. Curtiss-Wright Corp.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Rugged Display Market Concentration

The Rugged Display Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Key Study Deliverables and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    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 Consumers

      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 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

      1. 4.4.1 Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

      2. 4.4.2 Rising Demand for HMI and IoT in Various Industries

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

      1. 4.5.1 Adoption of Consumer-grade Devices for Industrial Applications

    6. 4.6 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Smartphone and Handheld Computer

      2. 5.1.2 Tablet PC

      3. 5.1.3 Laptop and Notebook

      4. 5.1.4 Avionics Display

      5. 5.1.5 Vehicle-mounted Computer

      6. 5.1.6 Panel PC and Mission-critical Display

    2. 5.2 Level of Ruggedness

      1. 5.2.1 Semi-rugged

      2. 5.2.2 Fully-rugged

      3. 5.2.3 Ultra-rugged

    3. 5.3 Operating System

      1. 5.3.1 Android

      2. 5.3.2 Windows

      3. 5.3.3 Other Operating Systems

    4. 5.4 End User

      1. 5.4.1 Oil and Gas

      2. 5.4.2 Government, Defense, and Aerospace

      3. 5.4.3 Industrial

      4. 5.4.4 Automotive and Transportation

      5. 5.4.5 Healthcare

      6. 5.4.6 Other End Users

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 Latin America

      5. 5.5.5 Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Curtiss-Wright Corp.

      2. 6.1.2 General Dynamics Corp.

      3. 6.1.3 L3 Technologies Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Esterline Technologies Corp.

      5. 6.1.5 Xplore Technologies Corp.

      6. 6.1.6 Beijer Electronics AB

      7. 6.1.7 Kyocera Corp.

      8. 6.1.8 Sparton Corp.

      9. 6.1.9 Panasonic Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Zebra Technologies Corp.

      11. 6.1.11 Getac Technology Corp.

      12. 6.1.12 Dell Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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The Rugged Display Market Research FAQs

The The Rugged Display Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The The Rugged Display Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Getac Technology Corp., Zebra Technologies Corp., Panasonic Corporation, Kyocera Corp., Curtiss-Wright Corp. are the major companies operating in The Rugged Display Market .

The Rugged Display Industry Reports

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