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Calibration and Repair Services Market in Europe: Stringent Regulations and Increasing Complexity of Instrumentation Drive Growth

Apr 28, 2016

6ca3060158f94dbe23e66aaf968e120e.jpgOver the past few years, the calibration and repair services market in Europe has witnessed a steady and stable growth leading to revenue of $1.52 billion in 2015. The majority of this revenue came from calibration services and the remainder from repair services. Overall, the total market is expected to grow steadily in the next 7 years driven by stringent regulations, a growing installed base of equipment to service, increasing complexity of instrumentation, and increasing outsourcing from in-house laboratories. In the aerospace and defense (A&D) and medical devices end-user industry verticals, calibration intervals are reducing to ensure product safety and efficacy and to meet regulatory and statutory requirements. Moreover, with the advent of the Internet of things (IoT), there has been an increased influx of highly complex equipment/systems requiring advanced calibration capabilities. This is especially visible in the industrial and automotive end-user industry verticals. 

Though the drivers are strong for the calibration and repair services market in Europe, market participants face significant challenges that have to be addressed to achieve success. The increasing mix of products from most companies across end-user industry verticals and the penetration of modular instrumentation will revamp the calibration and repair services market in the future. The key selection criteria for customers selecting a calibration and repair service provider include a global presence and advanced calibration and repair service capability. Because of this, most key market participants like Trescal and Exova METECH are expanding their calibration and repair service capabilities organically and through acquisitions while promoting their value proposition strongly.

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An important factor that is working well for third-party service providers (TSPs) is that in-house laboratories are outsourcing their calibration and repair services more to TSPs thanks to cost savings while maintaining or increasing their service quality. This is due to the wide array of capabilities TSPs have across parameters, including electrical, mechanical, physical/dimensional, and thermodynamic. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), on the other hand, typically service their own equipment. Moreover, when outsourcing their in-house laboratories, customers are expecting a calibration and repair service partnership that goes beyond calibration and repair services and provides additional value propositions, such as asset management services and calibration documentation management. TSPs like Trescal and Exova METECH are actively focused on expanding their service offering to include these types of additional offerings. OEMs like Keysight have a clear edge when it comes to repair services because they manufacture equipment and system that customers use.

It is expected that the calibration and repair services market in Europe will undergo significant consolidation over the next 5 to 10 years as market leaders acquire small calibration and repair service providers. Though the installed base of instrumentation is still relatively free from the increasing complexity of instrumentation, in the next 3 to 4 years it is expected that this increasing complexity will have a major impact on the calibration and repair services required.

Analysis and quantification of these trends from the perspective of end-user segment, region, and parameter are provided in an upcoming study from Frost & Sullivan titled “Calibration and Repair Services Market: Increasing Complexity of Instrumentation from End User Drive Growth in Europe” (MBEE-30). For questions or feedback on this article, or information on the study, please contact the author at

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