The very first introduction of breath analyzers goes back to the 1940s. These were launched in the market for the purpose of alcohol detection. Breath analyzers have evolved over the years thanks to technological improvements. In fact, breath analyzers are now being used extensively even in the healthcare sector for diagnostic purposes.
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Compared to blood tests, which can be painful and inaccurate, breath analyzers are preferred widely owing to the accurate and non-invasive nature of their usage procedure. At present, the global breath analyzers market is characterized by the advent of dual sensor technology. Wide scope for the devices in the medical field is expected to create expansion opportunities in the global breath analyzers market, thereby driving the market at a promising CAGR of 41.3% from 2013 to 2019. The global breath analyzers market is anticipated to report a market value of US$4518.4 million by 2019, from US$402.1 million in 2012.
The global breath analyzers market is segmented on the basis of technology, application, and geography. On the basis of technology, this market is segmented into infrared absorption, semiconductor sensor, and fuel cell. Owing to portability, reliability, and accuracy, the fuel cell technology segment holds the largest share in the overall market for breath analyzers. The second largest market after fuel cell technology is infrared absorption technology, which is mostly used for desktop evidential breath analyzers machines and equipment.
Application-wise, the global breath analyzers market is categorized into H. pylori infection detection, tuberculosis detection, asthma detection, alcohol detection, drug abuse detection, and others. The segment for tuberculosis detection is anticipated to grow robustly in the forthcoming years owing to high demand for non-invasive and quick screening tools and rising incidence of tuberculosis.
High demand for immediate diagnosis along with technological developments in the field of medicine, fuel the global breath analyzers market. Furthermore, greater preference for non-invasive diagnostic tools and greater public awareness also drive the demand for breath analyzers. Rampant alcohol consumption is a key reason that has led to the increasing popularity of breath analyzers. Alcohol consumption is the principal factor that has led to the high incidence of fatal road accidents all over the world. This in turn boosts the demand for alcohol detection devices.
Interestingly, it has also been observed that much of the demand for breath analyzers comes from academic institutions and numerous manufacturing centers for detecting diseases such as tuberculosis and asthma amongst employees working in these places.
The other factors propelling the breath analyzers market are the high incidence of drug-abuse related diseases and greater government support that encourages the use of breath analyzers.
The possibility of false diagnosis brought about by inaccurate analysis is a factor feared to bring down the popularity and demand for breath analyzers.
From the regional perspective, the global breath analyzers market is segmented into Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Rest of the World. Owing to stringent government standards which mandate the use of alcohol testing devices, North America is the largest and the most lucrative market in the overall market for breath analyzers.
The presence of stringent government standards in this region can be attributed to the problem of alcohol addiction, which is rampant in North America, particularly in the U.S. Asia Pacific and Europe collectively account for the second highest share in the breath analyzers market after North America.
However, it is the Asia Pacific market for breath analyzers that will expand robustly during the forecast period owing to high income levels, rapidly changing lifestyles, and high incidence of drunken driving cases.
Some of the prominent companies in the global breath analyzers market are Quest Products Inc., Pas Systems International, Mpd Inc., Lifeloc Technologies Inc., Intoximeters Inc., Ekips Technologies Inc., Dragerwerk Ag & Co. Kgaa, and Alcolixer Pty. Ltd.
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