Linear Motion Market

Linear Motion Market by Component (Linear Guide, Actuators, Ball Screws, Linear Motors), Industry (Medical & Pharmaceuticals, Semiconductors & Electronics, Aerospace, Food & Beverages, Machining Tools, Automotive), Geography - Global Forecast to 2024

Report Code: SE 6873 Jan, 2019, by

[95 Pages Report] The overall linear motion market is expected to reach USD 4.4 billion by 2024 from USD 3.2 billion in 2018, at a CAGR of 5.3%.Semiconductor, Automotive industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the linear motion market.

Increasing need for quality inspection and automation, reduced time-to-market, and growing demand for miniaturization of electronic devices in the semiconductor industry are a few major driving factors propelling the market growth.

Linear Motion System Market

“Automotive industry segment is expected to grow at highest CAGR during forecast period”

The automotive industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the linear motion market. This industry has been experiencing rapid developments in terms of manufacturing and manufacturing technology. Automotive manufacturers are upgrading systems, adding inspection and networking capabilities, and taking advantage of integration to produce a better, cheaper product in less time. There is a high demand for linear rail guides, linear motors, controllers, and linear actuators worldwide, as these components help enhance the efficiency of production and manufacturing facilities in the automotive industry.

“Machining tools industry poses largest share of linear motion market during forecast period”

In machining tools industry, linear motion components are used for automation of the processes such as cutting, boring, grinding, shearing, and other forms of deformation of metals to offer high reliability and low maintenance solution. The linear motion components such as linear guides, ball screws, linear actuators, linear motors, and so on focus on optimum performance of the equipment used to perform repetitive tasks. Thus, there is a high demand for accuracy and path-following capabilities of linear motion to provide precise results time-after-time, with greater flexibility than the other dedicated cutting machines. These linear motion products improves the performance of machine tools and has the ability to work under hostile condition. Hence, machining tools industry is pertaining the largest market size of the linear motion market.

Linear Motion System Market

“APAC to account for largest market share during forecast period”

APAC is expected to continue to account for the largest share of the overall linear motion market, in terms of value, during the forecast period. Emerging countries in APAC, including China and India, are witnessing dynamic changes in the adoption of new technologies and advancements in the manufacturing sector. Also, huge government initiatives for IT infrastructure developments have been made. These factors lead to the highest growth rate of APAC in the linear motion market. The region is highly focused on adopting new technologies in almost every business sector and is more vested in technologically innovative, cost-effective solutions. Japan also accounts for one of the major adoption of linear motion products in APAC.

Key Market Players

Major vendors in the global linear motion market are THK Co., Ltd. (Japan), NSK Ltd. (Japan), HIWIN Technologies Corp. (Taiwan), Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd. (IKO) (Japan), Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany), Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG (Germany), Rockwell Automation Inc. (US), Timken Company (US), Fortive (US), HepcoMotion (UK), and SCHNEEBERGER Group (Switzerland).

HIWIN Technologies Corp. manufactures and distributes ball screw and motion control components. The company is majorly engaged with research & development, design, manufacture and sales of ball screws (BSs), linear guideways (GWs) and industrial robots. The company serves various industries in linear motion markets include semiconductor & electronics, automotive, medical, machining tools, and other industrial sectors. The company has approximately 80% of the annual revenues generated from linear guideways and ball screws segments.

Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd. (IKO) manufacture and sale needle roller bearings in Japan using its own technology, and used that advanced technology as a foundation for entering into the field of linear motion rolling guides (Linear Way Series and Mechatronics Series). The company also develops large range of products including the linear way and linear roller way rail guiding systems, and a ball spline-based shaft guiding system. The company offers diversified linear motion products with its own patented C-Lube technology. The IKO motion components developed by the company serves wide range of industries includes semiconductor, packaging, medical, machine tools, and automation. The company also manufactures miniature linear guides, which are designed to use in small medical equipment manufacturing, and provide continuously smooth motion.

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Scope of the Report

Report Metric


Market size available for years


Base year consider for the study


Forecast period


Forecast units

Value (USD)

Segments covered

Industry and Region

Geographies covered

North America, Europe, APAC, and RoW

Companies covered

THK Co., Ltd. (Japan), NSK Ltd. (Japan), HIWIN Technologies Corp. (Taiwan), Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd. (IKO) (Japan), Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany), Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG (Germany), Rockwell Automation Inc. (US), Timken Company (US), Fortive (US), HepcoMotion (UK), and SCHNEEBERGER Group (Switzerland)

This research report categorizes the linear motion market based on type, industry, and region.

Linear Motion Market, by Industry:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical
  • Machining Tools
  • Semiconductor & Electronics
  • Food & Beverages
  • Others (Paper and Pulp and Textile)

Linear Motion Market, by Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World

Recent Developments

  • In October 2018, NSK developed high-durability precision ball screws using a new surface processing technology. These products are capable of high accuracy operation and work even in typically demanding applications.
  • In January 2018, SCHNEEBERGER Group updated its MONORAIL BM profiled linear guideways with new capabilities, which can be used for a variety of applications in a wide range of industries. These guideways have capabilities such as smooth functioning properties, low pulsation, low friction and high traveling speeds due to the presence of optimized rolling components.
  • In September 2017, Bosch Rexroth launched MKK and MKR linear modules with new functionalities. MKK and MKR linear modules offer a considerably expanded range of equipment options for familiar space-saving dimensions of the previous series.

Key Questions Addressed in the Report

  • Where will all the developments take the industry in the mid-to-long term?
  • What are the upcoming products and innovations in the linear motion market?
  • Who are the key players, and what are the strategies adopted by them?
  • What are the fastest- or highest-growing application areas in the market?
  • What are major drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges pertaining to the market?

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 11)
    1.1 Study Objectives
    1.2 Definition
    1.3 Study Scope
           1.3.1 Markets Covered
           1.3.2 Years Considered
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Limitations
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology (Page No. - 14)
    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondary Data
           Secondary Sources
           2.1.2 Primary Data
           Primary Sources
           2.1.3 Secondary and Primary Research
           Key Industry Insights
           Breakdown of Primaries
    2.2 Market Size Estimation
           2.2.1 Bottom-Up Approach
           Approach for Arriving at Market Size By Bottom-Up Analysis
           2.2.2 Top-Down Approach
           Approach for Capturing Market Size By Top-Down Analysis
    2.3 Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation
    2.4 Research Assumption

3 Executive Summary (Page No. - 24)

4 Premium Insights (Page No. - 26)
    4.1 Attractive Opportunities in Linear Motion Market
    4.2 Market, By Industry, 2018–2024
    4.3 Market, By Industry and Region, 2018–2024
    4.4 Market, By Region, 2018–2024

5 Market Overview (Page No. - 29)
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Dynamics
           5.2.1 Drivers
           Increasing Need for Quality Inspection and Automation
           Reduce Time-To-Market
           Growing Demand for Miniaturization of Electronic Devices in Semiconductor Industry
           5.2.2 Restraints
           High Cost of Installation for Low-Volume Production
           5.2.3 Opportunities
           Rising Mergers & Acquisitions Regarding Linear Motion Technology Products
           Growing Investments in Industrial Automation and Robotics
           Government Initiatives to Support Industrial Automation
           5.2.4 Challenges
           Lack of Skilled Manpower to Handle Complex Processes in Automation Field
    5.3 Value Chain Analysis: Linear Motion Market

6 Linear Motion, By Components (Page No. - 35)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Linear Guides, Tables, and Actuators
    6.3 Ball Screws
    6.4 Linear Motors and Drives
    6.5 Others

7 Linear Motion Market, By Industry (Page No. - 37)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Medical and Pharmaceuticals
           7.2.1 Linear Motion Market has High Growth Opportunity in Medical Industry for Medicine and Medical Equipment Manufacturing
    7.3 Semiconductor & Electronics
           7.3.1 Linear Motion are Used for Constantly Changing Application Requirements in Semiconductor & Electronics Industry
    7.4 Aerospace
           7.4.1 Aerospace Industry Use Linear Motion to Deliver High-Quality High-Performance Products With Zero Failure Rate
    7.5 Food & Beverages
           7.5.1 Food & Beverage Companies Compete With Each Other to Deliver Advanced Processing, Pertaining to the High Demand for Linear Motion Products
    7.6 Machining Tools
           7.6.1 Machining Tools Utilizes Linear Motion to Achieve Repetitive Tasks for Automation
    7.7 Automotive
           7.7.1 Rapid Developments in the Automotive Industry Owing to the Fastest Growth of Linear Motion
    7.8 Others
           7.8.1 Others Including Paper and Pulp and Textile Industries Pose Moderate Demand for Linear Motion Components

8 Geographic Analysis (Page No. - 46)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 North America
           8.2.1 North America has High Demand Regarding Factory Automation and Technological Advancements in Robotics
    8.3 Europe
           8.3.1 Increasing Awareness Regarding Precise Methods of Linear Motion for Industries, and Development of Advanced Linear Motion Drives the Market Growth
    8.4 Asia Pacific
           8.4.1 Increasing Production of Machine Tools, Smart Phones, and Automobiles Drives the Market
    8.5 Rest of the World
           8.5.1 Machining Tools Industry Accounted for the Highest Share of the Market in 2018

9 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 56)
    9.1 Overview
    9.2 Market Share Analysis of Linear Motion Market Players
    9.3 Competitive Situations and Trends
           9.3.1 Product Launches
           9.3.2 Acquisitions, Collaborations, Expansions and Contracts

10 Company Profiles (Page No. - 60)
     10.1 Introduction
(Business Overview, Products Offered, Recent Developments, MnM View, SWOT Analysis)*
     10.2 Key Players
             10.2.1 THK
             10.2.2 NSK
             10.2.3 Hiwin Technologies
             10.2.4 Nippon Thompson (IKO)
             10.2.5 Robert Bosch
             10.2.6 Schaeffler Technologies
             10.2.7 Rockwell Automation
             10.2.8 Timken Company
             10.2.9 Fortive
             10.2.10 Hepcomotion
             10.2.11 Schneeberger
     10.3 Other Prominent Players
             10.3.1 SKF Motion Technologies
             10.3.2 Pacific Bearing Corporation (PBC)
             10.3.3 Beckhoff

*Business Overview, Products Offered, Recent Developments, MnM View, SWOT Analysis Might Not Be Captured in Case of Unlisted Companies.

11 Appendix (Page No. - 89)
     11.1 Discussion Guide
     11.2 Knowledge Store: Marketsandmarkets’ Subscription Portal
     11.3 Available Customizations
     11.4 Related Reports
     11.5 Author Details

List of Tables (15 Tables)

Table 1 Linear Motion Market, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 2 Market, By Industry, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 3 Market for Medical and Pharmaceuticals Industry, By Region, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 4 Market for Semiconductor & Electronics Industry, By Region, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 5 Market for Aerospace Industry, By Region, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 6 Market for Food & Beverages Industry, By Region, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 7 Market for Machining Tools Industry, By Region, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 8 Market for Automotive Industry, By Region, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 9 Market for Other Industry, By Region, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 10 Market, By Region, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 11 Market in North America, By Industry, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 12 Market in Europe By Industry, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 13 Market in APAC By Industry, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 14 Market in RoW, By Industry, 2015–2024 (USD Million)
Table 15 Market Share of Key Players in Market, 2017

List of Figures (32 Figures)

Figure 1 Linear Motion Market Segmentation
Figure 2 Market: Research Design
Figure 3 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Bottom-Up Approach
Figure 4 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Top-Down Approach
Figure 5 Data Triangulation
Figure 6 Automobile Industry to Witness Highest CAGR in Market During Forecast Period
Figure 7 APAC Expected to Hold Largest Market Share of Market in Between 2018 and 2024
Figure 8 Growing Need for Quality Inspection and Automation Drives Growth of Market
Figure 9 Machining Tools Industry Expected to Hold Largest Share of Market By 2024
Figure 10 Machining Tools Industry and APAC Expected to Hold Largest Share of Market in 2018
Figure 11 Market in APAC Expected to Grow at Highest CAGR During 2018–2024
Figure 12 DROC: Linear Motion Market
Figure 13 Value Chain Analysis: Maximum Value Added During the Manufacturing and System Integration Stages
Figure 14 Linear Motion, By Components
Figure 15 Market, By Industry
Figure 16 Market to Dominate By Machining Tools Industry During Forecast Period
Figure 17 Market for Machine Tools to Dominate By APAC Region During Forecast Period
Figure 18 Market, By Region
Figure 19 Market to Dominate in APAC During Forecast Period
Figure 20 North America Market Snapshot
Figure 21 Europe Market Snapshot
Figure 22 APAC Market Snapshot
Figure 23 Acquisitions as Key Growth Strategies Adopted By Companies During 2015–2018
Figure 24 THK: Company Snapshot
Figure 25 NSK: Company Snapshot
Figure 26 Hiwin Technologies: Company Snapshot
Figure 27 Nippon Thompson (IKO): Company Snapshot
Figure 28 Robert Bosch: Company Snapshot
Figure 29 Schaeffler Technologies: Company Snapshot
Figure 30 Rockwell Automation: Company Snapshot
Figure 31 Timken: Company Snapshot
Figure 32 Fortive: Company Snapshot

The study has involved 4 major activities to estimate the linear motion market at present. Exhaustive secondary research has been conducted to collect information on the market, peer market, and parent market. Validation of these findings, assumptions with industry experts across the value chain through primary research has been the next step. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches have been employed to estimate the complete market size. After that, market breakdown and data triangulation procedures have been used to estimate the market size of each segment and subsegment.

Secondary Research

In the secondary research process, secondary sources such as Hoovers, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Dun & Bradstreet have been referred to for identifying and collecting information for this study. Secondary sources included annual reports, press releases, research magazines, and investor presentations of companies, white papers, certified publications, articles by recognized authors, gold standard and silver standard websites, associations, regulatory bodies, trade directories, and databases.

Primary Research

The linear motion market comprises several stakeholders, such as component manufacturers, solution and service providers, associations, and regulatory organizations in the supply chain. The demand side of this market is characterized by government organizations, end users, universities, and others. The supply side is characterized by components manufacturers, OEMs, integrators, end-to-end solution providers, system integrators and concessionaires. Various primary sources from both the supply and demand sides of the market have been interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information. The breakdown of primary respondents is as follows.

Linear Motion System Market

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Market Size Estimation

Both top-down and bottom-up approaches have been used to estimate and validate the total size of the linear motion market. These methods have also been used extensively to estimate the size of various subsegments in the market. Following is the method to estimate the market size:

  • Major players in the industry and markets have been identified through extensive secondary research.
  • The industry’s supply chain and market size, in terms of value, have been determined through primary and secondary research processes.
  • All percentage shares, splits, and breakdowns have been determined using secondary sources and verified through primary sources.

Data Triangulation

After arriving at the overall market size using the estimation processes as explained above the market has been split into several segments and subsegments. To complete the overall market engineering process and arrive at the exact statistics of each market segment and subsegment, the data triangulation and market breakdown procedures have been employed, wherever applicable. The data have been triangulated by studying various factors and trends from both the demand and supply sides.

Report Objectives

  • To describe and forecast the global linear motion market, in terms of value, segmented on the basis of industry, and geography
  • To forecast the market for various segments, in terms of value, with regard to 4 main regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Rest of the World (RoW)
  • To provide detailed information regarding drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges pertaining to the linear motion market
  • To strategically analyze the micromarkets1 with regard to individual growth trends, prospects, and contribution to the global market
  • To provide the linear motion value chain analysis
  • To strategically profile key players in the market and comprehensively analyze their market positions in terms of ranking and core competencies,2 along with detailing the competitive landscape for market leaders
  • To analyze competitive developments such as product launches, acquisitions, collaborations, partnerships, and expansions in the linear motion market

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