Breath Analyzers: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 18, 2011
Transportation companies are the largest users of workplace breath alcohol testing equipment. All federally regulated transportation industries worldwide have regulatory riders, which provides a blue print for workplace breath alcohol testing procedures for drivers. In the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires transportation companies to conduct mandatory onsite employee screening. Manufacturing, and construction companies are also increasingly wielding the iron fist on substance abusers. Onsite testing of employees in factories prior to handling heavy equipment is becoming the norm in several countries across the globe, given the complications and costs associated with lawsuits following alcohol related accidents. Growing emphasis on preventing alcohol abuse at the workplace, together with the regulatory impetus offered by acts such as the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 in the US, will continue to drive demand for alcohol breath analyzers. Employee screening for substance abuse in the upcoming years is poised to evolve into a voluntary good business practice unlike the current scenario where such corporate programs are drafted only under obligatory compliance with the act.
Voluntary corporate drug-testing policies (including alcohol) have taken a backseat during the recession with deficit strained companies squarely focusing resources on other critical business processes. Employee drug testing in both pre and post-employment settings have taken a major blow as a result of weakened corporate financial muscle. With the volume of pre-employment drug screening being directly related to the level of hiring activity, the high levels of unemployment during the recession period quelled the need for such tests. The recession additionally resulted in lengthening of the replacement cycle across all end-use markets. Reduced law enforcements budgets have curtailed equipment spends thereby resulting in postponement and cancellation of purchases of traffic law enforcement devices including breath analyzers. Therefore, several state purchases of breath testers were put on hold as such spending are governed by state contracts with competitive price bids, and multi-year terms. All of these factors pushed sales of breathalyzers into the red during the years 2008 and 2009. Caught in the epicenter of the recession, demand in developed markets like Europe and North America fell harder than in developing markets like Asia, where purchases by the government although weakened continued to grow moderately fuelled by war on drunk driving. Rise in vehicle population in developing countries like China, and India as a result of rising GDP, standards of living, and disposable incomes, is resulting in increased instances of offences such as drunk driving. This thereby provides a sturdy business case for law enforcement grade breath analyzers. With the recession turning all end-user markets price sensitive, the fight for survival resulted in manufacturers engaging in price wars, which further impacted company revenues, and bottom lines.
However, with the recession now at its tail end, a resurgence in growth is seen as inevitable as alcohol consumption continues to grow worldwide creating a simultaneous need for alcohol testing devices to keep alcohol related crimes in control. Additionally, technology innovations, aging population, and the need for less invasive diagnostic and monitoring tools will feed demand for medical diagnostic breath analyzers in the medium to long term period. Rising awareness, especially among small businesses, over the benefits of having employee substance abuse screening polices in place will additionally help drive up demand for breath analyzers. Hard to overlook benefits of such policies include reduced liability in hiring new employees, reduced workplace crimes, accidents and ensuing expensive lawsuits, and worker compensation, alcohol-related absenteeism and lower employee efficiency/productivity among others.
Alcohol enforcement has and will continue to remain a priority for governments across the globe. Governments are increasingly emphasizing work safety issues and strictly enforcing safety laws, compelling enterprises to install portable breathanalyzers at workplace. Alcohol abuse accounts for nearly 65% of the total number of substance abuse complaints in US workplaces, while abuse or use of alcohol is associated with 50% of all industrial accidents. Global market revenues for Breath Analyzers Used for Employee Screening are expected to surge at a CAGR of 11% during the analysis period. As stated by the new market research report, Europe and US account for a lion’s share of the global breath analyzers market revenues. Healthcare is the fastest growing end-use segment for breath analyzers waxing at a CAGR of 26% over the analysis period. Market for Breath Analyzers Used by Healthcare Sector in United States is expected to surge at a robust rate through 2015. Fast and accurate results and the non-intrusive nature of testing make breath analysis a potential laden mode of diagnosis for both healthcare providers and patients. Various academic institutions and bioanalytical instrument manufacturers are increasingly focused on developing breath analysis instruments and techniques to detect multiple diseases through a breath test kit. With consumers switching from traditional semiconductor screening devices to advanced fuel-cell based breath alcohol testing equipment, the market is expected to witness increased replacement demand.
Major players in the marketplace include Akers Biosciences Inc, AlcoPro Inc, Advanced Safety Devices LLC, Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp, CMI Inc, Drägerwerk AG & Co KgaA, Ekips Technologies Inc, Guth Laboratories Inc, Intoximeters Inc, Isotechnika Inc, Lion Laboratories Ltd, Lifeloc Technologies Inc, PAS Systems International Inc, Q3 Innovations LLC, among others.
The research report titled “Breath Analyzers: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, issues, drivers, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections (in US$) for major geographic markets including the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. End Use segments analyzed include Regulatory Authorities, Employee Screening, and Healthcare.
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