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Harmonic Drive Precision Strain Wave Reducer Gearboxes and RV and RD Reducers: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2018 to 2024

$4300 - Single Copy or $8600 - Web Posting | Report # SH27281424 | 230 Pages | 141 Tables and Figures | 2017


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  • Key Topics
  • Harmonic Drive
  • Precision Strain Wave
  • Reducer Gearboxes
  • RV and RD Reducers
  • Industrial Robotic Drive

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LEXINGTON, Massachusetts (December 7, 2017) – WinterGreen Research announces that it has published a new study Harmonic Drive Precision Strain Wave Reducer Gearboxes and RV and RD Reducers: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2018 to 2024.  The 2018 study has 230 pages, 141 tables and figures.  The leading vendors in the harmonic drive industry have invested in high-quality technology and processes to develop leading edge reducer strain relief gearbox capability.  

Other vendors are working to catch up.  Harmonic drive market driving forces relate primarily to the implementation of speed reduction capability for robots and wind turbines initially, providing industrial controls that are compelling.  
The harmonic drive is used in situations where smooth, efficient gear operation is needed.  Initial applications are in robotics, aerospace and solar tracking, the materials used in these applications can wear and break if the gearing in a motor is rough.  Harmonic gear vendors offer a unique gear tooth profile that optimizes the tooth engagement.  Only the high end vendors are able to provide harmonic drives that work, the other units become trash within days.  

Revenue for harmonic drives was $838 million in 2017, and products are expected to generate revenue of $3.517 billion by 2024.  Strong growth is the result of increasing use in industrial robots as they become integrated and able to perform multiple functions sequentially in an automated manner.  Harmonic drive reduction gearboxes are presented many new market opportunities from multiple types of applications. The VNTOL aircraft uses the drive reduction to enable vertical takeoff   This lifts off like a helicopter and files like an airplane.

Demanding applications for the gear box include surgical robots.  By application category, there was a substantial year-on-year increase in sales for industrial robots used on production lines for smartphones, tablet devices, household appliances, automobiles, and other products.

Sales for semiconductor manufacturing equipment increased due to rising capital investment against a backdrop of increasing demand for industrial equipment, automotive devices, and devices for data centers, among other factors.  Sales for flat panel display manufacturing equipment increased due to high levels of investment to expand production capacity for LCD and organic EL panels.

Semiconductor liquid crystal production equipment, photovoltaic equipment, optical instruments, precision machine tools and other cutting-edge areas provide target applications.

Japan manufactures reliable performance precision gears.  Reliable performance of precision gear reducer manufacturing is not yet occurring at scale elsewhere, particularly in China.  China with its huge investments in industrial robots would really like to be able to scale manufacture of harmonic drive precision strain wave reducer gearboxes.   

The market has just begun.  Early adopters are the robot manufacturers.  Suppliers of the precision gears, Japanese companies, address markets for industrial robots.  While the Chinese would like to be the primary suppliers of Harmonic Drive Precision Strain Wave Reducer Gearboxes, it has not happened yet.

Harmonic gear reducers are used in aviation, aerospace, energy, navigation, shipbuilding, bionic machinery, commonly used ordnance, machine tools, instruments, electronic equipment, mining and metallurgy, transportation, lifting machinery, petrochemical machinery, textile machinery, agricultural machinery and medical Instruments.

Japan's a precision reducer is used in industrial robots and airplane engines, wind turbines and for solar trackers.

Companies Profiled
Market Leaders
  • Harmonic Drive
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries
  • Beijing CTKM Harmonic Drive
  • Leaderdrive
  • Zhejiang Laifu
  • Nidec-Shimpo
  • Cone Drive
Market Participants
  • Beijing Harmonic Drive Technology Institute (BHDI)
  • Beijing Zhong Ke Ke Mei Harmonic Drive Limited Liability Company
  • China Harmonic Drive (CHD®)
  • Motion Control Products
  • Nabtesco
  • Nidec-Shimpo
  • Parker Bayside
  • Suzhou Green Harmonic Drive Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Totel Industry Group / Ningbo Haishu Totel Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd.

Report Methodology

This is the 728th report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary databases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

About the Company

WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) marketing strategies, Internet software, a study of Push to Talk Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, Business Process Management, Servers, Blades, the Mainframe as a Green Machine, and Application Server markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

$4300 - Single Copy or $8600 - Web Posting | Report # SH27281424 | 230 Pages | 141 Tables and Figures | 2017


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