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Breathalyzers are instruments used for testing blood alcohol levels through an individual’s breath. These devices find application in probation departments, police departments, remand homes, and commercial sector.
The global breathalyzers market is estimated to account for US$ 6,384.5 Mn in terms of value in 2020 and is expected to reach US$ 71,866.2 Mn by the end of 2027.
Global Breathalyzers Market: Drivers
High number of deaths due to drink and drive are expected to propel growth of the global breathalyzers market over the forecast period. For instance, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. recorded 10,511 deaths from drunk-driving crashes in 2018.
Moreover, R&D in use of breathalyzer devices for testing marijuana intake is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for players in the global breathalyzer devices market. For instance, in April 2020, researchers from University of California, Los Angeles, reported development of a mild electrochemical method for the oxidation of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol that is expected to aid in development of an electrochemical-based marijuana breathalyzer.
North America held dominant position in the global breathalyzers market in 2019, accounting for 47.0% share in terms of volume, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific, respectively
Figure 1. Global Breathalyzers Market Share (%), by Value, by Region, 2019
Global Breathalyzers Market: Restraints
Breathalyzers are prone to inaccurate analysis, which is expected to hinder growth of the market. One of the potential issues related to the usage of breath testing devices is that these devices tend to detect other substances present in the breath that have structure similar to ethyl alcohol. The devices tend to detect compounds that contain a methyl group structure, which often results in false positive results.
Moreover, breathalyzers are temperature sensitive and give false reading if they are not calibrated or adjusted according to the surrounding air temperature. This in turn is also expected to limit market growth.
Breathalyzers Market Report Coverage
||Market Size in 2019:
||US$ 2,833.1 Mn
|Historical Data for:
||2016 to 2019
||2020 to 2027
|Forecast Period 2020 to 2027 CAGR:
||2027 Value Projection:
||US$ 4,821.6 Mn
|Geographies covered (27):
- North America: U.S., Canada
- Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Rest of Latin America
- Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, Rest of Middle East
- Africa: South Africa, North Africa, Central Africa
- By Technology: Fuel Cell, Semiconductor Sensor, Infrared Absorption
- By Applications: Alcohol Detection, Tuberculosis Detection, Detection for H.pylori Infection, Drug abuse Detection, Asthma Detection, Others
|Companies covered (8):
Cannabix Technologies Inc., Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp., Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGa, Intoximeters Inc., Lifeloc Technologies Inc., MPD Inc., Quest Products Inc., Advanced Safety Devices LLC, Aerocrine AB, Akers Biosciences Inc., Alcolizer Pty Ltd., Alcopro Inc., Guth Laboratories Inc., Meretek Diagnostics Group of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., PAS Systems International Alcohol Sensor Systems, Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., TruTouch Technologies Inc., ENVITE- WISMER GmbH, AK GlobalTech Corporation, Intoximeter Inc., and BACtrack Inc.
- Increasing drink and drive cases
- Technological advancements
|Restraints & Challenges:
- Risks associated with faulty and inaccurate results
Global Breathalyzers Market: Opportunities
Investment in R&D of novel breathalyzers from big corporations is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for players in the global breathalyzers market. For instance, in January 2019, Apple Inc., in collaboration with Stony Brook University and The Ohio State University, U.S., reported the characterization study of the response stability and response time of a selective Nitric Oxide sensor using designed data acquisition system in order to facilitate development of a wireless handheld breathalyzer.
Development of breathalyzers to detect flu virus is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for players in the global breathalyzers market. Alveolar and airway epithelium of patients suffering from influenza generate several volatile organic compounds and nitric oxide, which can be used as biomarkers to detect the disease.
The global breathalyzers market was valued at US$ 4,518.4 Mn in 2019 and is forecast to reach a value of US$ 71,866.2 Mn by 2027 at a CAGR of 41.3% between 2020 and 2027.
Figure 2. Global Breathalyzers Market Value (US$ Mn), and Y-o-Y Growth (%), 2019-2027
Market Trends/Key Takeaways
The market is witnessing increasing adoption of biodegradable straws in breathalyzers. For instance, in September 2018, Alcolizer Technology replaced plastic straw mouthpieces with biodegradable straws for Alcolizer Wall Mounts and PLA straws (Poly Lactic Acid) for Alcolizer Wall Mounts.
The market is also witnessing the launch of smartphone-integrated breathalyzers. For instance, in July 2019, Soberlink launched Soberlink Connect Device that can pair with Apple and Android devices.
Global Breathalyzers Market: Competitive Landscape
Major players operating in the global breathalyzers market include, Cannabix Technologies Inc., Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp., Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGa, Intoximeters Inc., Lifeloc Technologies Inc., MPD Inc., Quest Products Inc., Advanced Safety Devices LLC, Aerocrine AB, Akers Biosciences Inc., Alcolizer Pty Ltd., Alcopro Inc., Guth Laboratories Inc., Meretek Diagnostics Group of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., PAS Systems International Alcohol Sensor Systems, Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., TruTouch Technologies Inc., ENVITE- WISMER GmbH, AK GlobalTech Corporation, Intoximeter Inc., and BACtrack Inc.
Global Breathalyzers Market: Key Developments
Major players in the market are focused R&D of new products to expand their product portfolio. For instance, in May 2020, Cannabix Technologies Inc., a developer of marijuana breathalyzer devices developed a new version of its THC Breath Analyzer THCBA version 2.0.
Similarly, in January 2020, Alcohol Countermeasure Systems announced continued development of an ultra-sensitive electrochemical sensor for the detection of tetrahydrocannabinol