Automotive MEMS sensor market to balloon in 2012 and beyond


ACCORDING to IHS iSuppli Automotive MEMS market tracker, the automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensor market will return to healthy growth in 2012.

2010 and 2011 were marked by instability, including the impact of the Japan earthquake in March this year. 2011 saw a market deceleration, with the global automotive MEMS revenue this year to reach $1.99 billion, up just 4 percent from the 2010 figures.

In contrast, 2010 saw a growth of 28 percent on 2009.

In 2012, global automotive MEMS sensor revenue will jump 16 percent to $2.31 billion on its way to $2.93 billion in 2015.

The years ahead will see expansion continuing at a healthy clip, with the overall five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2010 to 2015 projected at 9 percent.

Automotive sensors are employed in vehicles to improve performance and comfort as well as to enhance safety, finding their way into systems such as air bags, tire-pressure monitoring and vehicle stabilisation control.

The research firm says the March quake in Japan is anticipated to result in a production loss of some 2 million vehicles this year throughout the car-manufacturing supply chain.

The return to fast growth in the automotive MEMS market after 2011 will be driven by a recovery in vehicle production in the years ahead.

Furthermore, automotive safety mandates on electronic stability control systems (ESC) that require multiple MEMS sensors also will kick in for the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and eventually Japan. This is expected to generate more sales.

Thanks to mandates in various regions throughout the world, shipments of TPMS sensors are projected to grow fivefold, propelling the market to a penetration of 73 percent of all vehicles by 2015.