Ice protection systems are used to prevent atmospheric ice from accumulating on aircraft surfaces. The ice protection systems market is estimated to be USD 7.91 Billion in 2016, and is projected to reach USD 10.17 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 5.14% from 2016 to 2021. The growth of the ice protection systems market is expected to be propelled by increase in air traffic, new airline business models in emerging economies, and new airport projects in developed economies. The requirement of ice protection system varies according to the platforms in which it is being used. As military operations are usually carried out from non-traditional airfields with limited facilities, it is quite imperative that the aircrafts should be equipped with ice protection systems. For chemical deicing in military aircrafts, deicing fluids with different chemical composition are used.
The ice protection systems market is characterized by technological advances through new product developments. These advances are driven by increased applications in which different deicing fluids and anti-icing equipment are used. The propagation of technology from conventional anti-icing solutions to advanced solutions, such as electro-expulsive separation systems, shape memory alloys, ultrasound technology, and electrical heating is expected to further aid the growth of the market in near future.
Key companies such as the The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), B/E Aerospace (U.S.), JBT Corporation (U.S.), and United Technologies. (U.S.), have adopted organic as well as inorganic growth strategies, such as business expansion, new product launches, and contracts to increase their market share in the ice protection systems market. Contracts was a key strategy adopted by industry players to achieve growth in the ice protection systems market in 2015. Major companies that adopted this strategy were The Dow Chemicals Company (U.S.), CAV Ice Protection (U.K.), JBT Corporation (U.S.), and Curtiss Wright (U.S.), among others.
The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.) was the leading player in the in-flight ice protection systems market and accounted for the largest share of 25% of the market in 2015. The company focuses on the development of new products through extensive R&D activities. The company acquired different companies in the ice protection systems market to expand its customer base as well as the geographic coverage.
Clariant (Europe) is one of the world’s largest defense companies and leading manufacturers of ice protection systems. The company contributed the second-largest share of 24% to the ice protection systems market in 2015. In 2015, Clariant acquired Kilfrost's (U.K.) aircraft deicing business in Europe. This acquisition helped the company to expand its business in deicing product manufacturing.
Ice Protection Systems Market by Type, Technology (Chemical, Electrical), Platform (Commercial Jets, Military Jets, Helicopters), Application (Engine Inlets, Nacelle, Wings, Tail, Propellers, Windshields, Sensors, Air Data Probes), & Region - Global Forecasts to 2021
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