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Fire Testing Market Overview
Fire testing is a method to determine minimum performance criteria of fire protection products and establish pass/fail criteria depending on the heat release rate, flame spread rate, temperature, fire resistance, the area covered, and so on. All the products must have fire protection certification for installation at the site. Hence, testing has become an integral part of consumer and building safety regulations all over the globe.
The increasing adoption of safety systems in industries and growing automation in buildings are major factors driving the global fire testing market. Due to strict regulations and increased focus on workplace safety and environment, fire safety testing has become a key concern for end-users and valve manufacturers.
The fire testing market in terms of service is categorized into testing, inspection, certification, and others. Among all, the certification category is projected to witness the fastest growth in the forecast period. This can be attributed to the growing demand to meet relevant standard compliance across countries through fire certifications for products and equipment. Also, the demand is rising in companies around the world to choose certification services for the protection of their operations, supply chain and data, thereby fueling the growth of fire certification services.
The fire testing market based on sourcing type is categorized into in-house and outsourced. Between these, the outsourced category or third-party certification is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. This can be due to comparatively lesser time and cost of investment in outsourcing. Increased regulations and strict norms have made the in-house testing facility a costly business. End-use industries like retail and consumer goods and many large firms are outsourcing their products for fire testing requirements to make it cost-effective, which, in turn, helps the market in this category to grow at a fast pace. Privatization of state-owned laboratories will also drive the growth of outsourced fire testing services. Growth of engineering and manufacturing hubs in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to drive the in-house fire testing market.
The fire testing market based on end-user is categorized into medical and life sciences, consumer goods and retail, agriculture and food, chemicals, energy and power, construction and infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, public sector, automotive, aerospace, marine and railway, supply chain and logistics, and others. Among these, the construction and infrastructure category held the largest share in the market in 2019 and is expected to maintain its dominance in the forecast period. It is because commercial and industrial infrastructure across countries is hugely focusing on fire protection and safety for fire detection equipment, control, and notification equipment. Moreover, Supply chain and logistics, and consumer goods and retail end users are also projected to exhibit significant growth in the forecast period.
Among all regions, APAC held the largest share in the fire testing market in 2019. This is ascribed to the growing industrialization and urbanization in the region especially in China, Japan, and India. These emerging economies are witnessing a rapid increase in the construction of industrial and commercial spaces like hypermarkets, supermarkets, shopping malls, multiplexes, real estate, office spaces, which, in turn, fuel the demand for fire testing services. Businesses are spending heavily on fire testing and infrastructure to reduce risk of, and harm from, fire accidents. This region is also expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period. Europe also held a significant market share in the historical period, where strict government regulations in both the residential and commercial sectors are driving the fire testing market. Countries including the U.K., Germany and Belgium are projected to have higher potential demand in the future.
Fire Testing Market Dynamics
Modernization and technical advancements in the construction sector, new construction and real estate developments, rising deaths and loss of property due to fire outbreaks, strict government legislation and mandates, and rapid growth of wireless technology for fire detection are driving the fire testing market across every vertical. Owing to the dramatic rise in the number of hypermarkets, supermarkets, and malls in urban areas over the past few years, the retail sector is also fueling the demand for fire protection systems. Governments in most of the region are now focused on making more stringent laws and regulations for fire safety and security systems in buildings. These factors are fueling market growth.
Fire Testing Market Competitive Landscape
Due to the presence of various players, the fire testing market is highly competitive in nature, with the players rapidly launching new products to increase their presence.
Some of the key players operating in the global fire testing market are SGS Group, Bureau Veritas SA, UL LLC, Intertek Group plc, Dekra SE, TUV SUD, QIMA, Applus+, United Technologies Corporation, Element Materials Technology Ltd., and International Fire Consultants Group. Other players include DNV GL, BRE Group, TUV Rheinland, Rina S.p.A., Mistras Group Inc., Premier Technical Service Group Ltd., The Moran Group, STC Group, Kiwa NV, Fireflow Services LLC, J. Meadows Fire & Sprinkler Co., Geyer Fire, and Impact Fire Services LLC.
The report provides a country-wise analysis of the fire testing market. Some of the major countries covered in the report are the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, South Africa, Turkey, the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
Market Size Breakdown by Segment
The fire testing market report offers comprehensive market segmentation analysis along with market estimation for the period 2014–2030.
Based on Service
Based on Sourcing Type
Based on End user