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The IR imaging industry is booming: Autoliv, Ulis, Umicore, Heimann Sensors and others give their vision of the market at the first Executive IR Imaging Forum

Time:2016-09-23 11:41:30

Initially focused on military applications, the uncooled IR cameras market has grown significantly into new market segments during the last 10 years. Yole Développement’s analysts have identified 3 main applications – thermography, automotive and surveillance & security – that could reach 1.5 million units by 2021.  

In addition, consumer applications linked to the explosion of the smartphone market are now in high growth mode and could add more than 10 million units by 2021, as detailed in the optimistic scenario of Yole Développement’s IR Imaging report entitled Uncooled IR Imaging Technology & Market Trends report (Aug. 2016). Step by step, the IR imaging industry is getting out of high-end applications and moving towards larger-volume consumer applications.


In early September, “More than Moore” market research and strategy consulting company Yole Développement (Yole) and its partner CIOE organized a conference to highlight the latest technical innovations and analyse players’ positioning and strategies. The first Executive IR Imaging Forum took place in Shenzhen, China, alongside the 18th China International Optoelectronic Expo 2016, to discuss the latest technical breakthroughs, tomorrow’s challenges and the way to success.

Yole’s analysts invite you to discover the memorable moments of the first IR imaging Forum. We look forward to seeing you in 2017. Stay tuned!

In just one day, the first Executive IR Imaging Forum gathered more than 80 experts from the IR imaging industry. With 12 speakers and 2 keynote speakers – Stuart Klapper, Managing Director of Autoliv Global Night Vision and Joerg Schieferdecker, CEO and Co-Founder at Heimann Sensors – Yole and CIOE created a strategic place to offer a clear picture of the industry, understand the current technical and market challenges and identify business opportunities. 

“The first Executive IR Imaging Forum was a great success and we are proud of it. There were a lot of debates that took place during presentations and networking periods. That is what we wanted: to bring people together to meet, think, identify business opportunities and interact over future developments,” says Jean-Christophe Eloy, President & CEO of Yole. “Yole’s aim is to help the growth of the IR imaging industry and create a dedicated community”.

“The Forum turned out to be quite successful,” adds Eric Yang, Secretary General of CIOE. “It became an important meeting place where IR imaging manufacturers, experts and application users could discuss the latest market trends. We are pleased to work with Yole’s team to provide technical seminars to all optoelectronics professionals.”

The uncooled IR imaging industry is booming, confirms Yole’s analyst. Shipments are expected to see a 15.8% increase in CAGR between 2016 and 2021. In conjunction with the industry explosion and the latest news, the Forum offered speakers the opportunity to play the game fairly and comment on the status of the industry:

  • For example, the IR Forum has been selected by ULIS, an IR Imaging Forum sponsor, to present the details of its latest product, Micro80 Gen2®. 

  • Stuart Klapper from Autoliv probably gave one of the most interesting talks about night vision for cars.

  • On his part, Joerg Schieferdecker, CEO & Co-Founder of Heimann Sensors, made a relevant comparison of the different uncooled IR imaging technologies...

  • Romain Fraux, Project Manager at System Plus Consulting, a Yole sister company, also attended the IR Forum and presented a detailed comparison of thermal imagers with microbolometers for smartphones applications. 

So what’s next? Yole and CIOE enjoyed collaborating and building the first edition of the Executive IR Imaging Forum. The organizations combined their expertise to propose a great program to the world’s IR imaging community. The sheer number of attendees proved the success of the conference, with almost 50% coming from the Chinese market.

And that’s not all: Yole and CIOE are now announcing future collaborations, including a second edition of the Executive IR Imaging Forum. Go ahead and book your ticket to Shenzhen – dates will be announced soon!

About the 18th China International Optoelectronic Expo 2016

China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) has been held successfully for 17 years. The event is the world’s largest and most influential optoelectronics industry exhibition, with a total exhibition area of 110,000 sq. meters. More than 2,800 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the event. More information about this event can be found here.

About Yole Développement – www.yole.fr

Founded in 1998, Yole Développement has grown to become a group of companies providing marketing, technology and strategy consulting, media and corporate finance services. With a strong focus on emerging applications using silicon and/or micro manufacturing, the Yole Développement group has expanded to include more than 50 collaborators worldwide covering MEMS, Compound Semiconductors, LED, Image Sensors, Optoelectronics, Microfluidics & Medical, Advanced Packaging, Manufacturing, Nanomaterials, Power Electronics and Batteries & Energy Management. The “More than Moore” company Yole and its partners System Plus Consulting, Blumorpho and KnowMade support industrial companies, investors and R&D organizations worldwide to help them understand markets and follow technology trends to develop their business.

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