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Frost says EU regulations may spur sensors market

European Union regulations on emission levels will be the primary driver for the European position, pressure and temperature sensors markets, according to an analysis by Frost & Sullivan. The firm said recommendations by the EU commission that vehicle manufacturers offer certain applications as standard are poised to boost sensors' unit sales.

Frost estimates the European automotive original equipment position, pressure and temperature sensors markets at €887.5 million in 2006 and predicts it will reach €1.15 billion in 2013.

"Regulations concerning the emission levels of CO2 are key catalysts for continued growth in the European position, pressure and temperature sensors markets," noted Frost & Sullivan research analyst Roshan Devadoss.

The EU commission recommends that vehicle manufacturers offer gearshift indicators and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) as standard features to reduce emissions by increasing fuel efficiency. The adoption of such recommendations will increase the use of pressure sensors, position sensors and temperature sensors in TPMS modules, gear shift indicators and engine management solutions such as EGR, respectively.

Devadoss said the adoption rate of new applications and technologies is low among vehicle makers that prefer applications/technologies with a proven record, and that do not greatly affect the pricing of the vehicle. "Mature sensor technologies are still preferred to new alternatives. Costs and reliability are still major concerns while incorporating technology changes in vehicles."

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