According to a market research report recently published by Innova Research, the dominance of the top three drone suppliers, namely, DJI, Parrot, and 3D Robots, will face strong challenge from hundreds of new entrants, including big names such as Google, Amazon, and Alibaba, as well as a large number of smaller drone technology developers.
While the residential air purifier shipment skyrocketed to 1.5 million driven by the outbreak of the nationwide haze in the past few years, the Chinese market revenue is forecast to decline by 11.1% in 2015. However, the growth is forecast to resume in 2016 fueled by the increasing acceptance of air purifier as an essential household appliance largely by mid-class Chinese consumers.
The global commercial UAV market revenues will grow at a 32.5% CAGR from 2014 to 2020, mainly attributing to the rapid adoption of the UAVs in various commercial applications. Among these application sectors, agriculture & forestry, mapping & GIS, power grid inspection, and oil & gas inspection are the fastest growing UAV applications in the next five years.
The M&A transaction value on the thin-film solar technology increased to $1.08 billion in 2014, growing at 16.3% from 2011 to 2014, while it increased to $247 million in 2014 for concentrated PV technology, growing at 27.1%.
The world drone market was estimated to be worth $1.1 billion in 2014, and the market revenue is forecast to grow to $6.0 billion in 2020, at a CARG 32.5% in the period. The future growth opportunities in the drone market are with the rapid adoption of drones in commercial segments, such as agriculture & forester, mapping/GIS, and power grid inspection.
Innova Research published a new report, in which alternative solar technologies are analyzed and ranked based on a matrix analysis of key technologies indexes, patent publications, and M&A activities. The result shows that the winners among the emerging PV technologies are CIGS and HCPV, both are benefiting from their outstanding cost reduction potentials and the feasibility for massive adoptions.
While the cost of 3D printed packaging is high, many consumers of luxury products and high-value gifts are willing to pay the additional costs for personalized packaging designs, which will lead to a significant growth of the 3D printed packaging market in China in the next few years.
While the Chinese government stressed 'innovation' and 'entrepreneurship' as the themes to address the economic growth in next decades, solid progresses are expected to improve the country's innovation ecosystem.