The 2017 Market: Global Automotive Pressure Sensors

Have you noticed that nearly every new car has a set of standard features? Infotainment system, lower emissions and fuel economy, lane assist, backup camera…

The standard for vehicles is changing. Regulations in North America and Europe focus on passenger safety and emissions reduction. Meanwhile, developing markets like China and India are entering a new age of car manufacturing to provide cars to the masses.

Vehicle manufacturers can meet these requirements and keep up with demand. This is thanks to several types of pressure sensors they put into their vehicles. These regulatory and economic factors influence the pressure sensor market and the way it will grow over the next several years.

Keep reading to learn more about the market outlook for pressure sensors for 2017 and beyond.

New Wealth: APAC

Over the past few years, the automotive market has grown tremendously in China and India. In both markets, small engine vehicles (1.6 L) have led the change. These light vehicles are more affordable for consumers and new emissions regulations.

Until November 2016, light vehicle sales increased 13.6% and 8% in China and India respectively.

As these markets continue to grow, so will the need for several types pressure sensors. China, in particular, will show increased demand for emissions and piezoresistive sensors as they pursue their plan to be a world leader in electric vehicles.

Stricter Passenger Safety: Americas

In mature markets like the U.S. and Canada, there’s an emphasis on reducing emissions and increasing passenger safety. With so many vehicles on the road, there is also a new interest in developing self-driving passenger and commercial vehicles.

These trends increase the demand for a variety of sensors that go into fuel monitoring and braking, among others.

Vehicle production is also shifting to Mexico. Vehicle manufacturers are moving plants to Mexico to take advantage of low labor and production costs. Lower costs will lead to more vehicles produced and a greater demand for sensors.

Tougher Emissions: EMEA

The European Union is notorious for its tough regulations, particularly on vehicles. To meet vehicle emissions standards set by the E.U., manufacturers are using more sensors. Many of these sensors are for exhaust after-treatments and engine exhaust management.

Manufacturers are also required to include tire pressure monitoring systems in all vehicles.

Growth for Pressure Sensors

With all the regional markets indicating an increase in pressure sensor usage, what kind of growth can we expect?

According to a study by Technavio, the pressure sensor market is expected to grow at 6% CAGR between 2017 and 2021.

This growth will largely be focused in APAC as new vehicle manufacturing efforts begin there. Mature markets like the U.S., Canada, and the E.U. will experience less growth. However, the market will still grow thanks to new pushes in environmental stewardship and passenger safety.

Want to Learn More?

At Sentech Measurements Inc., we make it our business to know what’s going on in the pressure sensor market to help you make the right decision.

If you have more questions about pressure sensors and their market growth, get in touch with us today!

Different Types of Pressure Sensors

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Different Types of Pressure Sensors:

If you have ever broken a bone, you might be able to sense hypothetically when the weather is changing. Your ankle or wrist is responding to changes in the barometric pressure — the force that is being exerted by the atmosphere. In other words, you are a pressure sensor.
Luckily, your body doesn’t have to function as a sensor and there are many different types of pressure sensors. We can rely on a wide variety of these sensors. Read on to find out some of the different types of pressure sensors .

What, Exactly, Are Pressure Sensors?

Sensors, also sometimes called gauges, are instruments that are used to detect and to measure the pressure of a gas or liquid.

These sensors are often transducers, used to convert a signal created in one type of energy (pressure) to a signal in another (voltage is typical output).

A Few Types of Sensors

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Instead, it provides a broad overview of the many kinds of sensors that are available on the market today.


Think about when you need to put air in your car tires. Know that little gadget attached to the hose that tells you what the tire’s inflation pressure is? That is a form of air pressure sensor (whether it is mechanic pressure gauge or a digital pressure sensor).


Although the first barometers date back to the 1600s, modern barometric pressure sensors are much more sophisticated and therefore more accurate. Yet both measure pressure changes in atmospheric pressure.


As the name implies, this type of sensor measures the difference between two points of pressure. For example, taking the difference in pressure of a liquid and of the air (gas) above that liquid can determine fluid “pressure” level.


A piezoresistive sensor utilizes a type of strain gauge, often manufactured from monocrystalline silicon, that can sense a high level of resistance change due to “pressure” exerted against it.


Analog is a broad sensor category. It measures pressure using a dial, rather than a digital readout. Analog gauges have been helping us measure pressure since the Industrial Revolution and today manifests themselves also in the form of analog output pressure sensors.


These sensors detect the difference in capacitance to discern pressure, acceleration, and position, among other physical parameters. One example of a capacitive sensor that you’re probably familiar with is a computer or smart phone touch screen.


So many of the devices and gadgets we rely on in everyday life have become wireless, and sensors are no exception. Wireless types of sensors can increase functionality and reliability. In certain situations, this can make them a better choice than sensors that use wires or direct connections.


Gasses naturally behave much differently than liquids. They completely fill the space in which they are enclosed, and they are also more compressible. There are many different technologies and methods used to measure gas pressure.

Does Your Company Need Measurement Solutions?
Sentech Measurements Inc. can provide much more information about the available varieties of sensors. We can also help you with the selection of measurement solutions requiring pressure. As sensor experts, we specialize in the engineering sales of sensors, transducers, gauges and other measurement instrumentation. Contact us today to learn more.