Key Market Overview:
Aviation actuator systems market size was valued at over USD 15.4 Billion in 2022 and is estimated to exceed USD 23.62 Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period (2023-2030).
An aviation actuator system is referred to a collection of mechanical and electronic components that work together to control the movement of various parts of an aircraft, such as flaps, rudders, and landing gear. Actuators are devices that convert electrical or hydraulic energy into mechanical motion and act as essential components of various systems on an aircraft. Furthermore, in an Aviation Actuator Systems, the actuator receives signals from the aircrafts control system and uses the energy to move the control surfaces or other components to the desired position. Such actuators are powered by hydraulic, electric, or pneumatic systems, based on the specific application.
Also, the aviation actuator systems plays a critical role in ensuring that the aircraft is able to maneuver properly and safely. Such systems are essential to be designed, manufactured, and maintained to the highest standards of safety and reliability to prevent any failure or malfunction in the system that is expected to create serious consequences for the aircraft and passengers.
Moreover, the increased prevalence of the aviation industry, in terms of commercial and passenger airlines is expected to boost the market statistics. For instance, according to a report published by International Energy Agency (IEA), a gradual recovery was witnessed in passenger demand in 2021, with domestic traffic reaching 68% of the 2019 levels and international traffic reached over 28% of the overall traffic. However, the passenger traffic is anticipated to not fully recover until the end of 2023, whereas air cargo experienced a stronger growth in 2021 that exceeded the pre-pandemic peak by almost 7%. Thus, increased emphasis on the safety and efficiency of aircraft is expected to create favorable circumstances for market growth during the forecast period.
Aviation Actuator Systems Report Coverage:
|Report Attributes||Report Details|
|Market Size in 2030 (USD Billion)||23.62 Billion|
|CAGR (2023-2030)||6.3 %|
|By Motion||Linear, and Rotary|
|By System||Hydraulic Actuators, Electrical Actuators, Pneumatic Actuators, Mechanical Actuators, and Others|
|By Application||Flight Control System, Landing Gear & Braking System, Fuel Management System, Propeller Systems, and Others|
|By Industry||Airlines and Cargo, Defense, Naval & Commercial Marine, UAVs, and Urban Air Mobility|
- Asia-Pacific [China, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Korea, Western Asia]
- Europe [Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey]
- North America [United States, Canada, Mexico]
- Middle East & Africa [GCC, North Africa, South Africa]
- South America [Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Peru]
|Key Players||Sitec Aerospace GmbH, ArtimusRobotics.com, Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation), Honeywell International Inc., Curtiss-Wright, Eaton, Safran SA, SaaB AB, Astronics Corporation, AMETEK.Inc.|
Growing demand for air travel and the need for advanced military aircraft drives the demand for aviation actuator systems. Furthermore, strict government regulations in terms of safety standards and emission regulations fuel the demand for more advanced and efficient actuator systems to meet such requirements. Also, the rising focus on the safety and efficiency of airlines accelerates the demand for aviation actuator systems to optimize energy, reduce weight and costs, and increase the reliability and eco-compatibility of aircraft.
The constant pressure on market players to meet all constantly updating regulatory and environmental standards hinders the growth of actuator systems that witness risks of being out-of-date or obsolete to cope up with such evolving standards. Moreover, the high costs of installation and maintenance of such actuators mainly limit the growth of market statistics.
The evolving improvements in UAVs for usage in a variety of industries such as military, agriculture, and transportation is expected to create lucrative opportunities for the aviation actuator systems market. Furthermore, the growing focus on the collection of real-time data for identifying patterns in engine maintenance is anticipated to create opportunities for the demand for such actuators to prevent unscheduled downtime and reduce maintenance costs.
Aviation Actuator Systems Market Segmentation:
The motion segment is bifurcated into linear and rotary. The linear segment accounted for largest share contribution to the market growth in 2022. A variety of electromechanical and mechanical linear actuation systems in terms of flight control and important actuation applications boost the demand for such actuators. The applications range from flaps, elevator trim, aileron trim, emergency cabin air override, roll trim, rudder trim, fuel valve override, anti-ice, emergency ram air cooling door, and rudder pedal adjustment with high requirement of linear actuators, based on various size and weight. Moreover, the rotary segment is also estimated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period due to the scope of customizations for position feedback with the usage of potentiometers and micro switches. Thus, such design of rotary actuators is expected to witness increased applications in flight controls, fuel valves, cabin and cargo doors, cargo locks, hoists, winches, and others.
The system segment is separated into hydraulic actuators, electrical actuators, pneumatic actuators, mechanical actuators, and others. The hydraulic actuators segment contributed the largest shares to the market growth in 2022. The increased demand for hydraulic actuators in small aircraft to retract the landing gear, operate wheel brakes, and maintain constant-speed propellers supports segmental growth. Moreover, electrical actuators are also estimated to support the growth of market statistics in terms of volume. Growing focus on weight reduction of ground combat vehicles is expected to increase the demand for gun and turret drive actuators, artillery gun laying systems and battle tanks, and traverse actuators.
The application segment is divided into flight control systems, landing gear & braking systems, fuel management systems, propeller systems, and others. The flight control system segment accounted for the largest share contribution in 2022 in terms of revenue. The high dependence on actuators for flight controls in the elevator, ailerons, rudder, flaps, slats, and spoilers, along with extension and retraction of landing gear, thrust reversers, and positioning of engine inlet guide vanes supports the segmental growth to navigate through rough weather conditions and speed maintenance. Also, the propeller systems segment is estimated to contribute substantial shares to the market growth during the forecast period. The high usage of actuators in propeller systems for improved aerodynamics, control dynamics, structures, and de-icing components supports the demand for actuators in propeller systems.
By End Use Industry
The industry segment is categorized into airlines and cargo, defense, naval & commercial marine, UAVs, and urban air mobility. The airlines and cargo segment is anticipated to contribute substantial shares to the market growth during the forecast period. The increased scope of improvements and customization of actuators in helicopters for weapon release, tail rotor actuation, and main rotor actuation along with UAVs is anticipated to boost the aviation actuator systems market statistics. The defense segment is also expected to register the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. The wide range of usage in several sectors such as the navy, army, and air force for on-land, in-water, and in-air operations in terms of gun positioning, munitions handling, armored plate positioning, and others is anticipated to support the segmental growth.
The regional segment includes Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. North America dominated the market circumstances in 2022 in terms of value and volume. Large-scale investments in research and development of innovative systems by key airlines in the U.S. such as Delta Airlines, Inc., United Airlines, Inc., and American Airlines, Inc., support the growth of the market in the North American region.
Further, Asia Pacific is estimated to register the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. Increased expenditures on passenger, commercial and military aircraft, especially by market players are anticipated to support the demand for actuator systems in the Asia Pacific region. For instance, China Aviation Supplies (CASC) signed an agreement, in November 2022, to purchase 140 Airbus jets at a cost of USD 17 billion. The deal also includes CASCs previously placed orders.
Aviation Actuator Systems Market Competitive Landscape:
The players operating in aviation actuator systems market offer a wide range of products and services such as hydraulic, electric, and mechanical actuation systems, as design, engineering, and integration services. The companies also invest heavily in research and development to improve the efficiency, reliability, and safety of the products. Further, the market is also characterized by strategic alliances, partnerships, and acquisitions among players to expand business product offerings and increase the overall market share. Mentioned are market players that currently operate in the market circumstances–
• Sitec Aerospace GmbH
• Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation)
• Honeywell International Inc.
• Safran SA
• SaaB AB
• Astronics Corporation
• Moog Inc.
• In January 2022, Collins Aerospace was selected to lead the steering committee, under the European Unions Clean Aviation HECATE project, in terms of the improvements in the latest technologies for high-voltage electric power distribution. The project aims to develop Hybrid-Electric regional Aircraft distribution Technologies. However, Safran is anticipated to serve as the technical coordinator for the project.
• In October 2022, Supernal and Honeywell entered into an agreement to investigate the addition of Honeywells Anthem integrated flight deck within Supernals eVTOL vehicle. The Anthem system, which was revealed last year, is the first cloud-connected cockpit system that offers flexibility in terms of customizations for almost any type of aircraft, including the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) segment.
• In February 2023, Raytheon Technologies Collins Aerospace business was awarded a contract worth USD 135M by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to produce advanced propellers for C-130 aircraft. Collins Aerospace is expected to manufacture and provide support for new NP2000 propeller systems under the contract, along with an electronic control system and spare parts.