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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Service Market Size By Method (Volumetric Inspection, Surface Inspection, Visual Inspection), By Technology (Ultrasonic Inspection [Straight Beam Testing, Angle Beam Testing, Immersion Testing, Guide Wave Testing, Phased Array Testing, Time-of-Flight Diffraction {TOFD}], Radiography Testing [X-Ray Testing, Gamma Ray Testing, Film Radiography, Direct Radiography, Computed Radiography], Eddy Current Testing [Alternating Current Field Measurement {ACFM}, Remote-Field Testing, Eddy-Current Array {ECA}]), By Application (Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Government, Automotive, Energy, Aerospace), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019– 2025

  • Report ID: GMI3201
  • Published Date: Mar 2019
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Service Market size exceeded USD 3 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to grow at over 6% CAGR from 2019 to 2025. The rising expenses and challenges of developing new infrastructural set-up have resulted in the significant aging of the existing infrastructure and led enterprises to look for methods to extend the lifespan of their existing infrastructure.

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As the existing infrastructure requires comparatively higher levels of maintenance & repair and more frequent & extensive testing services as compared to the new infrastructure, the organizations and public institutions are continuing to invest on various advanced asset protection services to ensure operational & structural integrity of their existing infrastructure. In addition, government have also introduced various guidelines to protect their infrastructure and prevent any catastrophic failure that can cause significant financial and reputational losses.

The increasing complexity & automation of NDT services decline in the supply of skilled professionals and increasing number of stringent government regulations have driven numerous companies to outsource their NDT operations to various third-party service providers. The owners and operators are increasingly contracting with third-party providers as they have the necessary technical workforce and engineering expertise to cater to the varying needs of their customers. Outsourcing allows companies to ensure compliance with various safety regulations without incurring any heavy capital expenditure, promoting the use of NDT services.

Market, By Method

The volumetric inspections segment held around 50% of the non-destructive testing service market revenue share in 2018. The use of inferior-grade raw materials and feedstock, particularly in the case of the refining process involving petroleum with higher Sulfur content, can quickly corrode the infrastructure when they come into contact. This will increase the need for volumetric solutions to identify internal defects caused due to corrosion and enable infrastructure proprietors to proactively combat the problems. The increasing use of advanced materials is also supplementing the growth of volumetric inspection market as they are highly-unstable in nature and can cause catastrophic damages to the establishments.

The surface inspections market is estimated to witness more than 6% CAGR through 2025 on account of the rising pressure on manufacturing facilities to reduce the number of product surface irregularities. The aerospace industry has also been using surface inspection methodologies for maintenance & repair purposes. Most of the aircraft manufacturers and airlines that perform NDT inspections for in-service aircraft maintenance are witnessing a growing pressure to conduct their assessments in the shortest amount of time, as the longer an aircraft is grounded, the more the air company loses money.

Market, By Technology

Ultrasonic inspection services dominated the NDT services market with above 30% share in 2018. The increasing use of portable phased array testing equipment and the requirement of reliable NDT techniques for fiberglass & carbon composites in manufacturing are helping the market growth. The infrastructural advancements and automation of various manufacturing plants in the developing countries including India and China have increased the demand for ultrasonic inspection services. The phased array testing market is anticipated to register high growth rate as it eliminates the need to halt operations caused due to radiation exposure, increasing productivity.

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The eddy current testing segment is expected to observe 6% CAGR till 2025. Technological advancements in the eddy current testing technology are encouraging its adoption among various industry verticals. The increasing infrastructural development and the introduction of safety regulations by governments in developing nations have enhanced its adoption. It is used in the manufacturing process of several consumer-durable goods and electronic equipment led by the rising awareness of safety and policies by governments. The rapid growth of the power generation industry and the widespread use of various Energy Control Technologies (ECT) in North America and Europe have also promoted its usage.

Market, By Application

The oil & gas industry accounted for over 25% of the non-destructive testing service market revenue share. In the oil & gas industry, safety is of paramount importance to instill confidence & reassurance in various stakeholders associated with the sector due to the highly-unstable nature of raw materials used. NDT inspections are conducted for upstream (explorations/production) operations, midstream (transportation through the pipelines) operations, and downstream (refining) activities. The services ensure the structural & mechanical integrity of offshore structures, such as oil & gas platforms, that need monitoring on a continuous basis to guarantee the safety of the rig’s employees and the aquatic environment.

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The manufacturing industry is projected to witness a CAGR of 9% through 2025. NDT inspection services ensure safe & efficient operations of assets by identifying the detects that could result in catastrophic failures. The services are used to conduct sample or complete examinations of assets and equipment to enable informed asset management decisions. They enable cost-effective operations through fast and effective testing of assets at every stage of their lifespan from manufacturing to onsite operations.  

Regional Analysis

The Asia Pacific non-destructive testing service market is set to register growth rate of more than 10% from 2019 to 2025 impelled by the increasing number of safety regulations and widespread industrial standardization. The rapid industrialization in various emerging economies has led foreign players to expand their operations in the region to capitalize on its growth opportunities.

Increasing investments in the defense sector by countries including China, Japan, and India are projected to increase the use of NDT services. The rising use of renewable energy sources and aging infrastructure have opened several avenues for NDT inspection services. The expensive nature of NDT services and the lack of skilled professionals are hindering the penetration of NDT services in the region.

North America region accounted for over 20% of the NDT services market share in 2018 driven by the introduction of various supportive regulations by the government, mandating companies to use NDT services. The presence of several oil refineries and the increasing domestic production of natural gas & oil have resulted in the widespread adoption of NDT services. The penetration of various advanced technologies across various industry sectors is also promoting the use NDT solutions.

Competitive Market Share

Europe NDT service market is led by large players such as SGS, Applus+, Bureau Veritas, and TUV Nord. Large enterprises are conducting acquisitions of regional players and start-ups to expand their geographical reach. The start-ups, on the other hand, are focusing on certain industry sectors to provide personalized NDT services, better position themselves, and compete with large organizations.

Some of the players present in the non-destructive testing services market include Applus+, TUV Nord, ALS, Bureau Veritas, Dekra, Intertek, MIstras Group, NDT Global, Nikon Metrology, NVI, SGS, TUV Rheinland, and Zetec.

This market research report on non-destructive testing (NDT) services includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue from 2014 to 2025, for the following segments:

Market, By Method

  • Volumetric Inspection
  • Surface Inspection
  • Visual Inspection

Market, By Technology

  • Ultrasonic Inspection
    • Straight Beam Testing  
    • Angle Beam Testing
    • Immersion Testing
    • Guided Wave Testing
    • Phased Array Testing
    • Time-Of-Flight Diffraction (TOFD)
  • Radiography Testing 
    • X-Ray Testing
    • Gamma-Ray Testing
    • Film Radiography
    • Direct Radiography
    • Computed Radiography
  • Eddy Current Testing
    • Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM)
    • Remote-Field Testing
    • Eddy-Current Array (ECA)
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection
  • Dye Penetration Testing
  • Liquid Penetrant Inspection

Market, By Application 

  • Oil & Gas
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Aerospace

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

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • Australia
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Mexico
    • Brazil
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
Authors: Ankita Bhutani, Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of NDT service was estimated at USD 3 billion in 2018.
The industry share of NDT service is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 6% to from 2019 to 2025.
According to the analysts at GMI, the Asia Pacific market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 10% from 2019 to 2025.
North America is known for its rich presence of oil refineries and is gradually observing a rise in domestic natural gas & oil production, endowing rewarding opportunities for NDT service providers.
Renowned firms like Applus+, SGS, TUV Nord and Bureau Veritas hold a major share in Europe NDT service market.
NDT services help to affirm the mechanical & structural integrity of offshore structures, like oil & gas platforms, which require constant monitoring in order to guarantee safety of aquatic environment and rig employees.

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  • Base Year: 2018
  • Companies covered: 20
  • Tables & Figures: 451
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 300
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