Control, Electromedical, Measuring & Navigational Instruments Manufacturing

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Control, Electromedical, Measuring & Navigational Instruments Manufacturing

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry segment manufacture navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments, including aeronautical instruments, appliance regulators and controls, analytical lab instruments, navigation and guidance systems, and various types of testing equipment. Major companies include Agilent Technologies, Danaher, Honeywell, L-3 Communications, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Thermo Fisher Scientific (all based in the US), as well as ABB (Switzerland) and Siemens (Germany).

China, the US, and Germany are the largest producers of control, electromedical, measuring, and navigational instruments. Companies in the industry are targeting emerging markets such as China, India, and the Middle East for growth.

The US control, electromedical, measuring, and navigational instruments industry includes about 5,200 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $145 billion.


Demand is driven by technological advancements, as well as growth in primary end markets such as aerospace and medical services. The profitability of individual companies depends on continuous, rapid product development. Large companies enjoy economies of scale in manufacturing, broad product lines, and established distribution relationships. Small companies can compete effectively by developing advanced or specialized technology, or by subcontracting for larger firms. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies generate more than 60% of industry revenue.


Search, detection, navigation, and guidance instruments account for the largest portion of industry revenue (about 31%), followed by electromedical equipment (20%) and lab instruments (12%). Other products include electrical testing equipment; industrial...

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