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Engine Control Unit (ECU) Market

Engine Control Unit (ECU) Market By Product Type (Gasoline ECU, Diesel ECU, Natural Gas ECU), Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars, Light Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Commercial Vehicles), Sales Channel (OEM, Aftermarket) & Region - Forecast to 2021 – 2031

Engine Control Unit (ECU) Market By Product Type (Gasoline ECU, Diesel ECU, Natural Gas ECU), Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars, Light Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Commercial Vehicles), Sales Channel (OEM, Aftermarket) & Region - Forecast to 2021 – 2031

Engine Control Unit (ECU) Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts

Engine Control Unit (ECU) Market Snapshot

[300 Pages Report] As per a Future Market Insight analysis, the engine control unit (ECU) market demand is expected to rise by year-on-year (YoY) growth of 3.7%, reaching US$ 12.8 Bn in 2021. The increasing demand frosm passenger cars segment will drive the engine control unit market at 4.6% CAGR over the forecast period from 2021 to 2031.

Some of the leading players profiled in the report are Robert Bosch GmbH, Denso Corp, Hitachi Ltd., United Automotive Electronic Systems Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Marelli Holdings Co., Ltd., Aptiv Plc., Cummins Inc., Cardone Industries Inc., ACDelco, Standard Motor Products Inc., Dorman Products Inc., Electronic Concepts & Engineering Inc., Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Taditel Automotive Electronics Ltd. and others.

According to Future Market Insights, the top 16 companies presently own more than 76% of the market share.

Key Points Covered in Engine Control Unit Market Survey

  • Engine control unit market demand outlook for 2021-2031
  • Insights into drivers and restrains affecting ECU sales
  • Engine control unit market category and segment-level analysis
  • Competition mapping and benchmarking
  • Engine control unit manufacturing trend analysis
  • Product Innovations and regulatory climate
  • Post COVID-19 consumer spending on engine control units
  • Recommendation on key winning strategies

Engine Control Unit Market Outlook 2016-2020 Compared to 2021-2031 Forecast

Engine control unit sales decline by 0.9% from 2016 to 2020. This decline was primarily due to the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. The impact affected the production and sales of vehicles as well as automotive parts and components.

Sales in the engine control unit industry are expected to increase significantly in response to rising demand for fuel-efficient vehicles around the world. Based on a multitude of sensor measurements, the ECU determines how much gasoline to inject.

At faster speeds, valves are opened sooner than at lower speeds. This can enhance the air flow into the cylinder, resulting in more power and better fuel economy. The market for engine control units is likely to grow as a result of this.

Vehicle sensor advancements have led to more advanced autonomous driving technologies, allowing greater awareness and compliance with emission-control rules. Engine control is one of the most important electric components for keeping the vehicle's emissions below legal limits. This is expected to propel the market further.

The demand for engine control unit likely to rise in response to the integration of enhanced driver support systems and predictive vehicle technologies in automobiles. During the projected period, demand for engine control unit is expected to rise due to an increase in their inclusion in SUVs and Hatchback cars.

From 2021 to 2031, the worldwide engine control unit market is expected to increase at a CAGR of 4.6%.

What is the Regulatory Impact on Global Sales of Engine Control Units?

Safety-related electronic systems must be constructed in accordance with current product liability rules to reduce the possibility of dangerous failures. Noncompliance with, or insufficient application of these standards might result not only in personal harm, but cause serious legal and financial ramifications such as product cancellations or recalls.

It is therefore imperative to test engine control units to make sure they adhere to regulations set by local authorities

The automotive industry is anticipated to alter as a result of the strict rules to minimise CO2 emissions. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware about the environmental impact of automotive emissions. The adoption of emission standards such as Euro 6, BS6, and others has created sales opportunities for engine control unit producers.

The engine control unit has control over fuel and air injection, which is established by setting the engine control unit's processors' look up tables. These tables can be set to ensure that engine emissions are well within authorised limits. This has created prospects for the engine control unit market to expand.

What is the Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Engine Control Unit Market?

COVID-19 has resulted in the shortage of probably the most the most important part of the engine control unit which is the semiconductor.

Semiconductors are used in practically all electronic devices. However, due to pandemic-induced disruptions, they are in extremely short supply. As the world shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, manufacturing in the automotive sector was temporarily suspended, leaving chip manufacturing materials unavailable for months. Consumer electronics demand shifted, causing ripples across the supply chain.

As manufacturers tried to produce enough chips to mitigate the gap in demand, orders began to pile up. A backlog began to form and it continued to build. The pandemic triggered a massive increase in device demand.

People were spending more time at home than ever before, using more tablets, phones, and other streaming devices, and the demand outgrew what manufacturers could deliver. The shortfall was also exacerbated by the car industry's poor decisions.

Engine Control Unit (ECU) Market Country-wise Insights

What Is the Outlook for Engine Control Unit Manufacturers in China?

Among countries, China has the largest market share, accounting for nearly one-fourth of sales in the global market. Between 2021 and 2031, China will remain the leading pocket for engine control unit sales, creating absolute dollar opportunity of more than US$ 2 Bn. Engine control unit sector in China is benefiting from the growing passenger car market.

Where Does the U.S. Stand in the Global Market for Engine Control Unit?

In the North America, the US controls maximum sales of engine control units. After registering a sharp drop in sales in 2020, demand is expected to recover. FMI has projected, the US market to register 2.8% year on year growth in 2021.

Integration of advanced technology in engine control unit manufacturing, a surge in consumer and passenger car production and sales, and the digitization of automotive part delivery services are likely to improve engine control unit sales in the region.

Why is Germany Considered Lucrative by Engine Control Unit Manufacturers?

Germany is predicted to be one of the most appealing market for engine control units during the forecast period. Germany would account for more than one-tenth of sales in the Europe market by 2031, according to the study.

Increasing production and sales in the automotive industry has resulted in higher demand for engine control units. Besides this, growth in Germany will be supported by the presence of some of the leading automakers.

What Makes Japan an Attractive Market for Engine Control Unit?

Japan accounts for one in every five engine control units sold in East Asia. The automobile industry employs 89% of Japan's workforce in the transportation machinery industry, and automotive electronic parts suppliers have grown to be a key part of the country's economy. Hence the country presents a conducive environment for the expansion of the engine control unit market over the forecast period.

Engine Control Unit (ECU) Market Category-wise Insights

Why are Sales of Gasoline ECU Increasing?

Gasoline sales are projected to increase at a CAGR of 4.8%. The sales are increasing because of the preference of using gasoline engine over diesel. Gasoline in many countries is readily available and cheaper when compared to diesel. The associated costs related to gasoline engine and its engine control unit is also less. Due to this fact the sales of gasoline engine control units are increasing.

Which Vehicle Type will Exhibit Maximum Demand?

Demand in passenger cars segment is expected to surpass US$ 5.5 Bn during the forecast period of 2021-31.  The sales of passenger cars is quickly growing in Asia Pacific. This is due to improving purchasing power of consumers and overall investment towards infrastructural expansion.

Retail sales of passenger cars have increased and are expected to continue to expand at a healthy rate, owing to steady improvements in the global economy and greater preference for personal mobility. This is also attributable to rising demand in urban markets, particularly in metro areas, as well as a shift in customer preference for personal transportation due to COVID-19.

What is the Future Growth Outlook of Natural Gas ECU?

The demand for natural gas ECU is anticipated to grow at a healthy CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period due to the preference of natural gas as fuel over conventional sources. Natural gas is more environmentally friendly than other fossil fuels. Although natural gas is not as pure as solar or wind energy, it is the cleanest fuel energy source available for the IC Engine.

Natural gas emits 33% less carbon dioxide than coal and nearly half as much as oil when it is burned. This is projected to boost the engine control unit industry.

Competitive Landscape

Companies operating in the market are implementing new technologies and investing in R&D to expand their footprint. Some of the manufacturers are expanding their networks globally by creating dealership and distribution networks.

Robert Bosch GmbH and China United Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd. have formed a joint venture to form UAES Ltd. to produce automotive electronics, primarily for the Chinese market.

Due to the presence of global competitors with technology expertise, the market for engine control units is expected to remain competitive. Product development is the primary growth strategy adopted by market participants in order to stay competitive in the long run.

Companies are releasing engine control units tailored to specific vehicle models, which provide a variety of operational benefits while adhering to market regulations. This has allowed market participants to maintain product differentiation and strengthen their positions in the global engine control unit market.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for Value and Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia & Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, and South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Product Type, Vehicle Type, Sales Channel, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Denso Corp.
  • Hyundai Motor Company
  • Hitachi Ltd.
  • United Automotive Electronic Systems Ltd
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Marelli Holdings Co., Ltd
  • Aptiv Plc
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Cardone Industries Inc.
  • ACDelco
  • Standard Motor Products Inc.
  • Dorman Products Inc.
  • Electronic Concepts & Engineering Inc.
  • Westport Fuel Systems Inc.
  • Taditel Automotive Electronics Ltd.

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Engine Control Unit (ECU) Market Key Segments Covered

Product Type:

  • Gasoline ECU
  • Diesel ECU
  • Natural Gas ECU

Vehicle Type:

  • Passenger Cars
  • Light Commercial Vehicles
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicles

Sales Channel:

  • OEM
  • Aftermarket


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in the Report

What is the engine control unit market size?

The engine control unit market is expected to total US$ 12.8 Bn in 2021
The engine control unit market is expected to register growth at 4.6% CAGR between 2021 and 2031.
The engine control unit sales will total US$ 20 Bn by 2031.
Increase in demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, growing vehicle production and sales, rising demand for gasoline passenger cars will push sales of engine control units.
Robert Bosch, Hitachi Ltd, Denso Corp, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, UAES Ltd.  are the top five players in the market. They account for nearly 68% of overall sales.
China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and India are exhibiting high demand.
The demand for engine control unit is expected to increase at 3.6% CAGR between 2021 and 2031 in North America.
The engine control unit market in Germany will expand at above 3% CAGR between 2021 and 2031.
Japan and South Korea are expected to account for above 11% of global sales in 2021.

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