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Mass Flow Controller Market Size, By Material Type (Stainless Steel, Exotic Alloys), By Flow Rate (Low Flow Rate, Medium Flow Rate, High Flow Rate), By Product Type (Differential Pressure Flow Meter, Thermal Mass Flow Meter, Coriolis Mass Flow Meter), By Connectivity Technology (Analog, Profibus, RS-485, ProfiNet, EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP, Modbus RTU, DeviceNet, Foundation Fieldbus), By Industry Vertical (Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverages, Chemical, Healthcare & Life Science, Semiconductor, Water & Wastewater Treatment), COVID19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI4125
  • Published Date: May 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Mass Flow Controller Market size exceeded USD 1 billion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of over 5.5% from 2021 to 2027. The global industry shipments are projected to reach around 2.5 million units by 2027.

Mass Flow Controller Market Overview

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Rising trends toward the adoption of renewable sources, such as solar and wind energy for power generation, will drive the growth opportunities for the mass flow controller market. These devices are used in the manufacturing of photovoltaic solar cells to efficiently control the supply of gaseous and liquid chemical compounds. Several nations around the globe are increasing their funding activities to increase the usage of renewable energy generation.

The mass flow controller (MFC) is a device, which automatically controls the flow rate of gas according to the set flow rate sent through an electrical signal. These devices have flow rate measurement sections, which include sensors, bypass, special circuitry, and flow rate control valve. These devices are used in a wide range of industries including oil & gas, semiconductor, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, among others to accurately control the flow rate.

The COVID-19 pandemic widely affected the growth opportunities for the mass flow controller market players in the first half of 2020. Several end-use industries, such as semiconductors, oil & gas, and chemicals, halted their production for short term period in 2020, due to decline in consumer demand, supply chain disruption, and international trade barriers. These factors have hampered the market growth of mass flow controller manufacturers. However, during the pandemic, the companies are gaining significant advantage from healthcare, pharmaceutical, and food & beverages sectors for the continuous process manufacturing of essential products.

Increasing demand for stainless steel MFC in pharmaceutical manufacturing will fuel the mass flow controller market progression

The stainless-steel segment dominated more than 75% of the market share in 2020 and will witness a 5.5% growth rate by 2027. Stainless steel offers high temperature, pressure, and chemical resistance features, increasing its demand in continuous processing applications in the pharmaceutical sector. Rising government initiatives to accelerate continuous process manufacturing in pharmaceutical facilities will further boost the growth opportunities for stainless steel mass flow controller. To cater to high demand in the industry, the companies are accelerating their innovation and research and development activities for application-specific mass flow controller.

Rising adoption of low flow rate mass flow controller in the chemical sector will foster the market revenue

The low flow rate segment accounted for 45% of the mass flow controller market share in 2020 and is predicted to expand at a CAGR of 6.5% through 2027 driven by the growing requirement of low flow rate in chemical, semiconductor, and food & beverage sectors to maintain high precision and accuracy. Low flow rate MFC offers high resistivity in fluctuation of inlet flow pressure and temperature, increasing its market opportunities in the chemical sector such as laboratory research process and heating treatment.

Growing demand for thermal mass flow meter in gas flow applications will stimulate the market expansion

The thermal mass flow meter segment in the mass flow controller market will reach USD 800 million by 2027 on account of the rising acceptance in gas flow applications such as air sampling in nuclear power plant, combustion air measurement in large boiler, gas chromatography, among others. These thermal mass flow meters offer extreme low-end sensitivity, which is capable of detecting pilot light in natural gas line. The market leaders are continuously inclined toward new product innovations to cater to high demand in various gas flow applications.

Proliferation of analog mass flow controller for high accuracy measurement will impel the market value

Mass Flow Controller Market Analysis

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The analog segment in the mass flow controller market held 20% of revenue share in 2020 and is poised to attain a CAGR of 6% by 2027. Analog connectivity offers reliable flow measurement in configuration with the process condition and helps to deliver accurate flow signal output in proportion to the calibrated flow rate. These features have positively influenced the market participants to accelerate their product development with analog communication technology and deliver mass flow controller with high accuracy and low-cost benefits.

Rising government initiatives to enhance semiconductor manufacturing will propel the market demand

Mass Flow Controller Market Size

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The semiconductor segment will capture 25% of the mass flow controller market share by 2027 owing to the increasing demand for mass flow controller in measurement and control of gas used in the semiconductor chip fabrication process such as plasma etching processes, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), backside water cooling, among others. Rising government initiatives to accelerate semiconductor manufacturing will boost the market opportunities for mass flow controller manufacturers.

Favorable government policies to support the oil & gas sector will augment the growth opportunities for APAC region

APAC Mass Flow Controller Market

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The Asia Pacific mass flow controller market accounted for over 55.5% of revenue share in 2020 and is anticipated to grow at 6% CAGR through 2027 led by favorable government initiatives to accelerate their investment in regional oil & gas sectors. For example, in October 2020, the government of India planned an investment of USD 206 billion in the oil and natural gas sector for coming eight to ten years. This will also include an investment of USD 67 billion to spur gas infrastructures such as Liquefied natural gas (LNG) capacity increase, city gas distribution (CGD) networks, and pipelines. These initiatives will also increase the production capacity in oil & gas plants and will propel the market potential of mass flow controller providers in the region.

Focus on new product development to stay competitive in the market

Key players operating in the mass flow controller market are Brooks Instrument, LLC, Dakota Instruments, Inc., Horiba, Ltd., Azbil Corporation, MKS Instruments, OMEGA Engineering, Inc. among others. The market leaders are continuously involved in new product innovations and R&D activities to gain a highly competitive edge among other companies.

The mass flow controller market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

Market, By Material Type

  • Stainless steel
  • Exotic alloys

Market, By Flow rate

  • Low flow rate
  • Medium flow rate
  • High flow rate

Market, By Product Type

  • Differential pressure flow meter
  • Thermal mass flow meter
  • Coriolis mass flow meter

Market, By Connectivity Technology

  • Analog
  • Profibus
  • RS-485
  • Profinet
  • EtherCAT
  • Ethernet/IP
  • Modbus RTU
  • DeviceNet
  • Foundation Fieldbus

Market, By Industry Verticals

  • Oil & gas
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food & beverages
  • Chemical
  • Healthcare & life sciences
  • Semiconductor
  • Water & wastewater treatment
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • GCC
    • South Africa


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Prasenjit Saha

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Mass flow controllers automatically control the flow rate of gas as per the flow rate sent via electrical signals and are used in the manufacturing of photovoltaic solar cells.

The mass flow controller industry size surpassed USD 1 billion in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of more than 5.5% between 2021 and 2027.

Stainless steel mass flow controllers held more than 75% of the overall industry size in 2020 and will expand at a rate of 5.5% through 2027 due to surging demand in continuous processing applications across the pharmaceutical industry.

The Asia Pacific mass flow controller industry value will record a CAGR of 6% between 2021 and 2027 propelled by favorable government policies for the acceleration of investments in the regional oil & gas sectors.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 25
  • Tables & Figures: 583
  • Countries covered: 17
  • Pages: 280

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