Global Aircraft Seat Actuation System Market Size, Trends, and Analysis - Forecasts To 2026 By Type (Electromechanical, Pneumatic, Hydraulic), By Component (Actuators, In-Seat Power Supply, Electronic Control Unit, Motors, Passenger Control Unit, Others), By Aircraft Type (Rotary Wing, Fixed Wing), By End-User (Aftermarket, OEM), By Seat Class (Business Class, Premium Economy Class, First Class, Economy Class), By Region (North America, Asia Pacific, CSA, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa); End-User Landscape, Company Market Share Analysis & Competitor Analysis
Actuators refer to electromechanical devices that are in charge of the system's movement and power. A significant component of commercial aircraft is the Aircraft Seat Actuation System. It is specifically built to provide passengers with the highest level of comfort with its lightweight and easy property maintenance. Manufacturers of aircraft are increasingly promoting the use of lightweight equipment and furniture to minimize the simple Operating Empty Weight (OEW) of an aerial vehicle. Reduced payload leads to higher fuel consumption and thus fuels demand for lighter seating systems.
Commercial airlines are priced higher and bear high maintenance costs, thereby discouraging the placing of significant airline orders by industry players. The airline business is impacted by macroeconomic conditions and depressed economic growth, thereby influencing demand for airline seat actuation systems. Various components are used in the aircraft seat actuation system, including lighting and motion controls, pneumatic systems, linear and rotary actuators, and other parts.
Due to the increasing sales of both commercial and military aircraft, and the rising passenger traffic around the world are the key factors of the market. Technologies such as 3D printing and fiber-reinforced composites will make seat actuators cheaper and lighter, thereby helping to generate more revenues for aircraft OEMs and airlines.
At the same time, the significant increasing trend in consumer disposable income, and emerging markets are encouraging consumers to look for more advanced services, such as seats in the premium economy. It will result in the creation of opportunities for the market during the forecast era. In the field of aircraft seat actuation systems, the development of lightweight, self-adjusting aircraft seat actuators and electric control motion has led to technological advancements. Seat actuation systems previously provided specific capabilities like limited jerky movements, angle of recline, and a few options for customization.
The urban air mobility (UAM) idea has rendered a rapid pace of technological improvement as an attractive business proposal. As road congestion rises, individuals, particularly in metropolitan areas, are constantly searching for safer and easier ways to get to travel and work in other locations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the end-use industries, resulting in a drastic fall in orders and deliveries of aircraft in 2020. This is expected to have a negative short-term impact on the aircraft market, with a slow recovery anticipated in the second quarter of 2021.
In 2019, the electromechanical sector accounted for the largest revenue share over the forecast era due to the increasing air passenger traffic and the application of electromechanical actuation systems for both rotary and linear mechanisms. Moreover, the rising replacement of aging aircraft is driving the market growth. The segment is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period in the market for aircraft seat actuation systems, attributable to its growing advantages, such as reduced energy consumption, low maintenance costs, and reduced operational costs.
During the forecast era, the business class segment is anticipated to boost market share. Due to the significant fall in the prices of business class seats and the rising tendency of passengers to fly in premium class seats, the substantial rise in air passengers is fostering consumer demand for the business class segment. The business class seats provide outstanding advantages, such as adjustable, lumbar support, and a reclining mechanism. Furthermore, the ongoing expansion in the number of aircraft orders and the growing focus of airlines on expanding opportunities to provide an exceptional experience to their customers would further help the segment growth.
The rotary-wing segment is anticipated to witness a significant CAGR during the forecast timeframe. Only helicopters are included in the rotary-wing segment. Russian helicopters have concentrated on promoting their chopper Ansat for the commercial market in India. Furthermore, the rise in government VVIP/VIP transport budgets has made it possible to acquire new aircraft, including helicopters, which are expected to maintain the rotating wing segment.
The OEM segment is anticipated to boost market share as well as grow during the expected timeframe at a high CAGR pace. The development of the OEM market segment for aircraft seat actuation systems can be attributed to the growing demand for personalized aircraft equipped with different components, as a tedious process for airlines is the retrofitting of existing aircraft.
In terms of sales, the North America region holds the leading market position over the projected timeframe. This is attributable to the rapid growth of technically advanced seating systems in the region. The growing use of technology in aircraft introduces several opportunities for manufacturers of aircraft seating technology. Also, North America is expected to deliver tremendous opportunities for industry growth due to the rising trade-related activities that are expected to create elevated demand for business jets.
Furthermore, the Asia-Pacific region demonstrates a substantial CAGR rate. Moreover, rapid urban development throughout developing nations along with increasing demand for air travel in countries like India, South Korea, and Australia, among others are some of the factors driving the Asia-Pacific region's market during the forecast era. The increasing demand among travellers in this region for comfortable seats is expected to push demand for the aircraft seat actuation system throughout the region.
Astronics Corporation, Crane Co., Ühler Motor Gmbh, Safran Electronics & Defense, Moog Inc., Leeair, Inc., Kyntronics, GGI Solutions, Precipart, Imagick International Corporation, Rollon SPA, ITT Inc., Collins Aerospace, Meggitt Plc, BAE Systems PLC, Kid-Systeme Gmbh, Maxon Motor AG, Elektro-Metall Export Gmbh, Portescap, Quest Global Services PTE. Ltd., among others, are the prime players that compete in the market.
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of companies profiled in the report.
In April 2020, B&D Industrial entered into a strategic partnership with Kyntronics for emerging technologies used for motion control and actuation solutions.
In September 2019, Astronics introduced its new solution i.e., retrofit in-seat passenger power solution for aircraft.
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The Global Aircraft Seat Actuation System Market has been studied from the year 2019 till 2026. However, the CAGR provided in the report is from the year 2021 to 2026. The research methodology involved three stages: Desk research, Primary research, and Analysis & Output from the entire research process.
The desk research involved a robust background study which meant referring to paid and unpaid databases to understand the market dynamics; mapping contracts from press releases; identifying the key players in the market, studying their product portfolio, competition level, annual reports/SEC filings & investor presentations; and learning the demand and supply-side analysis for the Aircraft Seat Actuation System Market.
The primary research activity included telephonic conversations with more than 50 tier 1 industry consultants, distributors, and end-use product manufacturers.
Finally, based on the above thorough research process, an in-depth analysis was carried out considering the following aspects: market attractiveness, current & future market trends, market share analysis, SWOT analysis of the company and customer analytics.
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