The global azimuth thrusters market size reached US$ 518.5 Million in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 633.69 Million by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 3.15% during 2023-2028. The increasing demand for ship and marine vessels, the rising oil and gas exploration activities, and the introduction of advanced product variants represent some of the key factors driving the market.
|Market Size in 2022
||US$ 518.5 Million
|Market Forecast in 2028
||US$ 633.69 Million
|Market Growth Rate (2023-2028)
Azimuth thrusters, also known as Z-drives, are marine propulsion systems that provide high maneuverability and thrust in all directions. They consist of a propeller that can rotate 360 degrees around a vertical axis, allowing the vessel to move forward, backward, sideways and rotate on the spot. They are available in various sizes and configurations, including fixed and retractable models. Azimuth thrusters are powered by diesel or electric engines that can generate thrust ranging from a few hundred kilowatts to several megawatts. They also eliminate the need for rudders and provide better fuel efficiency and lower emissions than traditional propulsion systems. In addition, they are used in vessels that require precise maneuverings such as tugboats, offshore supply vessels, and research ships. Owing to these benefits, azimuth thrusters have become a popular choice among marine vessel operators for improving their vessel's performance and efficiency.
Azimuth Thrusters Market Trends:
The market is primarily driven by the escalating demand for ships and marine vessels. Azimuth thrusters are widely utilized in tugs, workboats, cargo vessels, icebreakers, and naval vessels due to their ability to provide precise control and maneuverability. In addition, the increasing offshore oil and gas activities and the rising product adoption in offshore support vessels, which are used to transport personnel and equipment to offshore oil and gas platforms, represent another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, governments of various countries are implementing stringent regulations to control emissions from marine vessels, which is escalating the demand for azimuth thrusters that have low emissions, making them a preferred choice for shipowners and operators to comply with the regulations. This, coupled with the introduction of advanced technologies and various innovations in marine propulsion systems, is positively influencing the market growth. Moreover, the leading market players are entering into partnerships, mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and collaborations to develop low-emission propulsion systems and advanced thrusters. Furthermore, the surging need for upgrading and retrofitting aging marine vessels with modern propulsion systems is accelerating the adoption of azimuth thrusters in retrofit projects to improve the vessel's maneuverability, enhance safety, and reduce fuel consumption. On account of these factors, the market is expected to witness positive growth in the coming years.
Key Market Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global azimuth thrusters market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional, and country levels for 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on type, drive system, application and end user.
- Less Than 1500KW
- More Than 3500KW
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the azimuth thrusters market based on the type. This includes less than 1500KW, 1500KW-3500KW, and more than 3500KW. According to the report, 1500KW-3500KW represented the largest segment.
Drive System Insights:
- Electric Drive System
- Diesel Drive System
- Hydraulic Drive System
A detailed breakup and analysis of the azimuth thrusters market based on the drive system has also been provided in the report. This includes electric drive system, diesel drive system, and hydraulic drive system. According to the report, electric drive system accounted for the largest market share.
- Naval Ships
- Recreational Boats
- Offshore Support Vessel
- Ferries and Freighter
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the azimuth thrusters market based on the application. This includes tugboat, naval ships, recreational boats, offshore support vessel, ferries and freighter, and others. According to the report, naval ships represented the largest segment.
End User Insights:
A detailed breakup and analysis of the azimuth thrusters market based on the end user has also been provided in the report. This includes OEM and aftermarket. According to the report, OEM accounted for the majority of the market share.
- North America
- United Kingdom
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, Asia Pacific was the largest market for azimuth thrusters. Some of the factors driving the Asia Pacific azimuth thrusters market included the escalating demand for offshore support vessels, the implementation of government initiatives to promote maritime trade, various technological advancements, etc.
The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the global azimuth thrusters market. Competitive analysis such as market structure, market share by key players, player positioning, top winning strategies, competitive dashboard, and company evaluation quadrant has been covered in the report. Also, detailed profiles of all major companies have been provided. Some of the companies covered include ABB Ltd., Brunvoll AS, Hydromaster, IHI Power Systems Co. Ltd. (IHI Corporation), Jastram GmbH & Co KG, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg Gruppen), Schottel Group, Steerprop Ltd., Thrustmaster of Texas Inc., Twin Disc Inc., Wärtsilä Oyj Abp, Wuxi Ruifeng Marine propulsion Co. Ltd., ZF Friedrichshafen AG, etc. Kindly note that this only represents a partial list of companies, and the complete list has been provided in the report.
Azimuth Thrusters Market Report Scope:
|Base Year of the Analysis
| Historical Period
|Scope of the Report
||Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
- Drive System
- End User
||Less Than 1500KW, 1500KW-3500KW, More Than 3500KW
|Drive Systems Covered
||Electric Drive System, Diesel Drive System, Hydraulic Drive System
||Tugboat, Naval Ships, Recreational Boats, Offshore Support Vessel, Ferries and Freighter, Others
|End Users Covered
||Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
||United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
||ABB Ltd., Brunvoll AS, Hydromaster, IHI Power Systems Co. Ltd. (IHI Corporation), Jastram GmbH & Co KG, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg Gruppen), Schottel Group, Steerprop Ltd., Thrustmaster of Texas Inc., Twin Disc Inc., Wärtsilä Oyj Abp, Wuxi Ruifeng Marine propulsion Co. Ltd., ZF Friedrichshafen AG, etc.
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:
- How has the global azimuth thrusters market performed so far, and how will it perform in the coming years?
- What are the drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the global azimuth thrusters market?
- What is the impact of each driver, restraint, and opportunity on the global azimuth thrusters market?
- What are the key regional markets?
- Which countries represent the most attractive azimuth thrusters market?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the type?
- Which is the most attractive type in the azimuth thrusters market?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the drive system?
- Which is the most attractive drive system in the azimuth thrusters market?
- What is the breakup of the market based on application?
- Which is the most attractive application in the azimuth thrusters market?
- Which is the most attractive end user in the azimuth thrusters market?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the end user?
- What is the competitive structure of the global azimuth thrusters market?
- Who are the key players/companies in the global azimuth thrusters market?
Key Benefits for Stakeholders:
- IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the azimuth thrusters market from 2017-2028.
- The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global azimuth thrusters market.
- The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
- Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the azimuth thrusters industry and its attractiveness.
- Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.