APUs are turbine powered sources of electrical generation, cabin heating/cooling, and hydraulic pressure that are commonly used by aircraft on the ground. They serve as a back-up provider when the main engines cannot start. This is done by providing pressurized air for the main engine to start.
With respect to applications, commercial aircraft APUs capture a majority of the market size with 80.64%, followed by the rotarycopter and military platform APUs. However, the military application APUs for use on fighter aircraft, UAVs, land-vehicles, etc., is on the rise to register a CAGR of 11.20% by 2019.
The typical lifecycle of an APU is 4.5 to 5 years. The maintenance costs vary depending upon the flying hours of the aircraft and the engine usage.
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The upcoming developments in the fuel cell industry are increasing the demand and growth of the APU industry by adhering to the environmental regulations. The fuel economy will be achieved to the maximum in future; however, the implementation of fuel cell APU has a long way to go before entering the market.
In the APU market, there are a few players who cater to the aerospace and military market. To name a few of them Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Subsystems’ Hamilton Sundstrand, and Pratt & Whitney are the major providers of APU to the aerospace industry. These players have established a monopoly with their wide range of customer base such as Airbus, Boeing, Sikorsky, Bell Helicopters, etc. The rotarycopter market is on a rise with a high demand of civil rotarycopters, globally. With this increased demand, the APU requirements are increasing and many players such as Microturbo from Safran Group are entering the APU market.
For military land vehicles such as MBTs and armored vehicles, the APU market is on the rise across regions such as the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East due to increased procurements of these vehicles. The UAV APUs are the most desired in the industry with a rise in the UAV procurement, globally.
The U.S., U.K., France, Russia, etc., will illustrate consistent levels of growth in the industry. In the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, the APU market will demonstrate a steady rise as both the regions are increasing their investments in the procurement of military vehicles and rotarycopters. China’s COMAC deliveries are expected to occur in future, which will boost the APU market. High oil prices in the Middle East act as a catalyst to increase the defense expenditure in the region to procure more rotarycopters, MBTs, and additional defense land vehicles.
With the end of the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. has cut down on the procurement of armored vehicles, which leaves a small investment in the military land vehicle APU market. However, investments in UAV and fighter aircraft are on the rise in the country. Also, the region is expecting an increased delivery of commercial aircraft in the future, due to an increased air travel rate following the global economy recovery.
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APUs are a priority across all airborne vehicles that include commercial aircraft, fighter jets, UAVs, and rotarycopters. The rise in fuel prices and environmental regulations are moving the aviation industry towards the adoption of APUs. With upcoming technological developments such as solid oxide fuel cell, the APU market will reach a peak in the aviation industry in a few years.
In terms of applications, the commercial aircraft APUs capture a majority of the market size with 80.64% of the aerospace and military APU market.
At present, the market is dominated by a few top-notch players such as Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Systems’ subsidiaries Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand, along with Microturbo from Safran. These companies have dominated the APU market by capturing the leading aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Sikorsky, etc. New players who wish to join the APU market will have a tough time to compete with the above mentioned leading companies
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