Underwater Connectors Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, India, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa), Application Development Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2025
Report ID: GMI4234
Underwater Connectors Market size will witness high growth over the forecast timespan owing to its high usage in marine equipment for remotely operating vehicles, oceanographic systems, renewable energy subsea systems, and other equipment & instrumentation solutions. The connectors help to ensure the assembly of cables, increasing flexibility and strain resistance properties in electric circuits. The usage of these devices also enables the termination of cables and oil-filled hose, allowing remotely operated vehicles to function underwater without uncertainty. Moreover, technological innovations in the field of military & defense sector have led to the increased demand for underwater solutions. Several players are offering waterproof, submersible, optical, and electrical connectors for data transmission and power for several types of harsh environments.
With the increasing focus on developing new arms and ammunition for defense purposes, the demand for underwater solutions is anticipated to rise. Increasing government investments in military and defense to implement new technologies will further boost the underwater connectors market growth. The U.S. Navy has several programs for developing Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs). In 2017, the government started a program to enhance the sensors and other related equipment for its UUVs. The UUVs help to autonomously find & manipulate objects and cover long distances on the seafloor without human communication or intervention.
A major factor challenging the underwater connectors market growth is the possibility of connectors to break during operations. The variations in pressure between the inner and outer surface of the shell may lead to the malfunctioning of the device, rising cost of maintenances. Moreover, remote and deep installation with high cost of operations require these connectors to be highly reliable to be cost-effective. Installation and maintenance of such components at remote locations lead to high cost. However, the benefits of underwater connectors, such as better connectivity and the ability to withstand in unfavorable conditions, are resulting in higher adoption by several industries.
The growing demand for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) has aided the underwater connectors market growth. AUVs are being deployed for underwater survey missions required in defense, commercial, and scientific research sectors. These vehicles require connectors, which are water and corrosion resistant as they are majorly exposed to seawater. The implementation of underwater connectors in AUVs provides wireless power transfer, increasing its adoption in these vehicles.
In the underwater connectors market, optical fibers are anticipated to account for the majority of the industry share. The increasing demand for high data transfer rates with a higher signal to noise ratio is accelerating its application in subsea cable systems. Fiber optic underwater connectors simplify installation, maintenance, and handling operations, providing quick, reliable, and high-performance connection. Several manufacturers are offering these devices by implementing advanced technologies to provide high accuracy and stabilization. For instance, TE Connectivity is offering SEACON optical underwater mateable connectors, which include HYDRALIGHT fiber optic connector and G3 connector. These connectors enable high performance and reliability in the harshest subsea environments.
In the oil & gas industry, the demand for advanced technology is being witnessed. These connectors are being highly used during the extraction process of oil & gas from ocean floors. They provide smooth performance and optical connection in extreme environmental conditions. Several underwater connectors market players are focusing on providing innovative products to improve the efficiency of the underwater equipment. For instance, Fischer Connectors SA is offering corrosion-proof stainless-steel underwater connectors, allowing the efficient extraction of natural resources in oil & gas applications. The company’s connectors are rugged and corrosion-proof and can withstand the toughest sea conditions.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to account for the majority of the underwater connectors market owing to the presence of several cabling manufacturers in the region. Countries including India, China, South Korea, and Japan are highly investing in oceanic activities such as fish farming and aquaculture. Moreover, the rising development of the oil & gas sector in this region is resulting in higher demand for these devices. Manufacturers are shifting to expanding their business operations in the region due to the increasing demand for underwater connectors. For instance, in May 2016, Hydro Group PLC, a UK-based manufacturer, announced its expansion in Asia Pacific with multiple business partners in the region. The company is aiming to improve its underwater connectors product network for the marine sector.
The key players operating in the underwater connectors market include Eaton Corporation, Fischer Connectors SA, Birns Aquamate LLC, Hydro Group PLC, Marshall Underwater Industries, Inc., LEMO, Souriau, Glenair, Inc, Birns Aquamate LLC, Teledyne Marine, GISMA Steckverbinder GmbH, and Amphenol Corporation. These players are focusing on partnerships & collaborations to increase and improve their product lines. For instance, in June 2018, Subsea Supplies Ltd. announced its partnership with Eaton Corporation to supply its connectors and cable assemblies using its burton subsea product line. The company received an agreement for manufacturing burton neoprene connectors and cabling assemblies for Eaton Corporation.
Underwater Connectors Market, By Connection
- Optical fiber
Underwater Connectors Market, By Type
- Fluid Filled Underwater Mateable Connector
- Inductive Coupling
- Rigid Shell/Bulkhead
- Rubber Molded
Underwater Connectors Market, By Application
- IT & telecom
- Military & defense
- Oil & gas
The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- South Africa
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