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The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 3rd Edition 

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Flow Research has completed a new market study called The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 3rd Edition. It was previously published in 2001 and 2003.  The 2008 edition of the study includes the segmentation included in earlier versions, and also introduces new segmentation.  A lot of important developments have occurred in the ultrasonic flowmeter market in the past several years. This study takes these developments into account, and provides a completely updated look at the worldwide ultrasonic flowmeter market.


Since completing our first ultrasonic study in 2001, we have been following this market very closely.  Many developments have been described in our quarterly report, the Market Barometer. Each issue of the Market Barometer includes an update on the ultrasonic flowmeter market. This new study builds on the knowledge we have gained over the years, but it is a completely new look at this market. For more information on the Market Barometer, go to www.worldflow.com

This study addresses the key issues in the ultrasonic flowmeter market, including:

  • Growth in the ultrasonic transit time flowmeter market
  • Shipments of clamp-on, spoolpiece, and insertion meters
  • Comparison of portable vs. fixed ultrasonic flowmeters
  • The expanding use of ultrasonic flowmeters for custody transfer of natural gas
  • The emerging market for ultrasonic flowmeters in steam flow measurement
  • The market for Doppler and hybrid ultrasonic flowmeters
  • Mergers and acquisitions in the ultrasonic flowmeter market



This study includes market size in dollars and units for ultrasonic flowmeters worldwide and by geographic region.  It reveals market shares by geographic region.  It says what industries ultrasonic flowmeters are sold into.  The study also includes other important segmentation, including:

  • Transit Time/Doppler/Hydrid

  • Multipath/Single Path

  • Clamp-on/Spoolpiece/Insertion

  • Portable/Fixed

  • Gas/Liquid/Steam

  • Line sizes for Clamp-On, Insertion, and Spoolpiece Ultrasonic Flowmeters

  • Smart/Conventional

  • Industry worldwide and by region

  • Type of Communication Protocol (Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, HART, etc.)

  • Sales Channel (Direct/Independent Reps/Distributors/E-Business)

  • Customer Type (End-users/OEMs/Systems Integrators/Engineers & Consultants)

Goals of Study


One main goal of this study was to determine the size of the ultrasonic flowmeter market worldwide in 2007.  This market continues to be one of the fastest growing flowmeter markets, which is driven in part by the expanding market for custody transfer of natural gas.


One important issue is the growth in the contrast between transit time and Doppler flowmeters. While Doppler flowmeters remain one of the best solutions for dirty liquids, transit time flowmeters have been showing faster growth in the past several years. Much of the new product development is going into transit time meters. Transit time flowmeters are typically more accurate than Doppler meters, and multipath transit time meters are widely used for custody transfer of natural gas. This study also looks at growth in the hybrid flowmeter market.


This study also examines the growing use of ultrasonic flowmeters for gas flow measurement. Custody transfer of natural gas is a fast growing market, especially with the increased popularity of natural gas as an energy source, and with the rising price of both oil and natural gas. Custody transfer is one of a number of gas applications that are boosting sales of ultrasonic flowmeters.


Steam flow measurement is a new frontier for ultrasonic flowmeters. Currently, this market is dominated by differential pressure (DP) and vortex flowmeters. However, as the technology improves, this is becoming a growth area for ultrasonic flowmeters. Steam flow measurement is growing in importance as companies look to increase energy efficiency and cut energy costs. The high accuracy and reliability of ultrasonic meters make this an attractive option for some steam flow applications.


Flow Research has completed a series of twelve studies that include all types of flowmeters.  Information about these studies is at http://www.flowresearch.com/flow.htm.  This study should be of special interest to any manufacturer of ultrasonic flowmeters, and to users and specifiers of ultrasonic flowmeters.


To order this study, contact Flow Research by email at  jesse@flowresearch.com, or call Flow Research at 781-245-3200. In the United States, call toll free at (800) 245-1799. Or, use our handy Order Form. 

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