Linear Slide Units Market Outlook (2022-2028)

[318 Pages Report] Shipments of linear slide units are set to enjoy Y-o-Y growth of 4.9% in 2022 and attain a market valuation of US$ 2.4 Bn. With the market predicted to expand at a CAGR of 7.2% (2022-2028), the global linear slide units market is projected to reach US$ 3.6 Bn by 2028.

Attribute Details
Linear Slide Units Market Size (2022) US$ 2.4 Billion
Predicted Market Revenue (2028) US$ 3.6 Billion
Forecasted Growth Rate (2022-2028) 7.2% CAGR
Dominant Regional Market Europe – 36.8%

Increasing industrialization and automation are anticipated to propel demand for linear slide units. Linear slide unit sales account for 2% of the global bearings marketplace.

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How The Market Progressed Till June 2022?

Market Statistics Details
H1,2021 (A) 6.4%
H1,2022 Projected (P) 6.7%
H1,2022 Outlook (O) 6.9%
BPS Change : H1,2022 (O) - H1,2022 (P) (+) 17 ↑
BPS Change : H1,2022 (O) - H1,2021 (A) (+) 47 ↑

Future Market Insights presents a comparison and review study of the Linear Slide Units market, which are significantly influenced by certain macro-economic factors, along with certain industrial and innovation aspects. The market for linear slide units is expected to be sustained by their efficiency in continuous operations and their adaptation in the end use industries.

According to FMI analysis, the variation between the BPS values observed in the linear slide units market in H1, 2022 - Outlook over H1, 2022 Projected reflects a positive of 17 units. However, compared to H1, 2021, the market is expected to gain 47 BPS based on current estimation for first half 2022. The automobile industry has seen significant shifts in recent years, fueling demand for automation.

The increasing popularity of EVs is transforming the automobile sector, and automakers are striving to maintain their revenue potential, they are opting for automation, which enhances efficiency while also enabling cost-cutting.

Linear slide unit suppliers are also concentrating on producing linear slide units for robotic automation, which is becoming popular in the automobile sector. Manufacturers of linear slide units are also focused on potential in special purpose machine (SPM) production.

Key developments included in the market includes, manufacturers engagements in research and development of new creative products and solutions for technologically advanced automation systems. Linear slide unit providers are also concentrating on mergers and acquisitions to expand their worldwide market presence and optimize revenue possibilities.

Sales Analysis of Linear Slide Units (2013 to 2021) Vs Projected Market Metrics (2022 to 2028)

Linear slide unit shipments increased at a steady CAGR of 5.9% from 2013 to 2021 and ended up with a valuation of US$ 2.2 Bn in 2021. Industry 4.0 has become the new norm in the industrial sector and has largely propelled the demand for automation in multiple verticals such as automotive, packaging, etc.

Linear slide unit demand is anticipated to be upheld by their efficiency in continuous operations. Belt drive units are expected to see high preference as they have high speed while being continuously operated.

Rising industrial activity, increasing demand for automation, rising use of robotics, increasing research and development for industrial machinery, and rising technological proliferation in multiple industries are some major factors that influence linear slide units market potential over the forecast period.

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Rising availability of substitutes for linear slide units is anticipated to hinder market potential to a certain extent, but this factor is expected to come into play later during the forecast period. The linear slide units market is projected to evolve at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2022 to 2028.

What’s Promoting Demand for Linear Slide Units?

“Increasing Demand for Industrial Automation to Boost Sales of Linear Units”

Industry 4.0 trend has substantially increased in popularity over the past few years and this is largely influencing multiple industries to increase focus on automation. Automation is anticipated to see a major hike in demand as many companies realize its benefits in productivity and profitability.

Linear slide units are crucial in robotic automation and have proven extremely effective in improving inline operations. These factors are expected to boost linear slide unit shipments through 2029.

  • For instance, in August 2021, The Timken Company, a leading name in the engineered bearings industry, announced the acquisition of Intelligent Machine Solutions (iMS). With this acquisition, Timken is looking to bolster its Rollon® linear motion product range and other robotic automation solutions to provide customers with a more effective solutions package.
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What is the Regional Outlook for Linear Slide Units?

“Consumption of Linear Slide Units High in European Region”

This research report by FMI analyses the demand for linear slide units across North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia & Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa (MEA).

The North America linear slide units industry, which currently holds a market share of 22.2% in the global landscape, is expected to see steady rise in demand. Increasing adoption of linear slide units in nations such as the U.S. and Canada is expected to majorly influence market potential in North America.

South Asia and East Asia are anticipated to be highly lucrative markets for linear slide units over the forecast period. Rising industrial activity in these regions is expected to majorly influence linear slide unit consumption. In 2022, East Asia and South Asia account for 18% and 12.5% of the global linear slide units marketplace. Economies like China and India are anticipated to be highly popular markets in these regions.

The Europe linear slide units market is holding a dominant share of 36.8% in the global space. Increasing industrialization and the rising popularity of automation in this region are expected to boost shipments of linear slide units through 2028.

Accounting for the least market share of 6% at present, the MEA linear slide units market is expected to provide lucrative opportunities later as industrialization paces in the region.

Country-wise Analysis

How is Demand for Linear Slide Units Anticipated to Shape Up in China?

“Rising Popularity of Automation in End-use Industries to Boost Shipments of Linear Slide Units”

China is anticipated to prove extremely rewarding for linear slide unit vendors owing to the presence of a massive industrial sector. Automation in industries like automotive and machine-building is expected to majorly propel the demand for linear slide units in China. Increasing investments in the manufacturing sector and supportive government initiatives are also expected to guide linear slide unit consumption through 2029.

Will India Be a Lucrative Market for Linear Slide Unit Manufacturers?

“Advanced Material Technology to Majorly Influence Linear Slide Units Market Potential”          

Introduction to advanced material technology has largely influenced linear slide unit demand in India. Through this technology corrosion resistance and higher temperature resistance can be obtained from linear slide units which increases productivity and efficiency of the complete industrial facility. Technological proliferation has increased in India as the nation is subject to rapid urbanization and industrialization on a mass scale.

Increasing investments in automation of multiple facilities in India and the rising popularity of advanced material technology are anticipated to govern the sales of linear slide units in India.

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Category-wise Analysis

Which End-use Sector is Expected to See High Adoption of Linear Slide Unit Systems?

“Automotive Sector Expected to Exhibit Lucrative Opportunities for Linear Slide Unit Sales”

The automotive sector has undergone major transformations over recent years and this has propelled demand for automation in this industry. The automotive industry is being major transformed by the rising popularity of EVs and since automotive manufacturers are struggling to keep up their revenue potential, they are opting for more automation as it improves productivity and also enables cost-cutting.

Linear slide unit vendors are also focusing on developing linear slide units for robotic automation which has seen an increase in application in the automotive industry. Linear slide unit manufacturers also are focusing on opportunities from special purpose machine (SPM) manufacturing.

COVID-19 Crisis Evaluation

Industrial activities took a major hit in 2020 as coronavirus infections plagued the world and brought the world economy to a near halt. Lockdowns were imposed in multiple countries and this adversely affected trade and manufacturing activities that made linear slide unit system sales experience a drop.

Disrupted demand and supply chains rendered multiple manufacturing facilities useless that were major verticals of application for linear slide units. Linear slide unit consumption is anticipated to rise at a steady pace in the post-pandemic era as manufacturing activity returns to normalcy.

Competitive Landscape

Linear slide unit manufacturers are investing in the research & development of new innovative products and solutions for technologically advanced automation devices. Linear slide unit vendors are also focusing on mergers and acquisitions to increase their market presence on a global level and maximize revenue potential.

  • In February 2022, Güdel, a Switzerland-based machine components manufacturer, announced the formation of its new business entity to serve its customers in the United States. The new Güdel Americas is aimed at providing better services to customers in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Linear Slide Units Industry Report Scope

Attribute Details
Forecast Period 2022 to 2028
Historical Data Available for 2013 to 2021
Market Analysis Units for Volume, US$ Million for Value
Key Regions Covered
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Key Countries Covered
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Turkey
  • South Africa
  • and GCC Countries
Key Market Segments Covered
  • Pricing
  • Drive
  • Guide
  • Capacity
  • Application
  • End Use
  • Region
Key Companies Profiled
Pricing Available upon Request

Key Segments of Linear Slide Units Industry Survey

Linear Slide Units Market by Pricing:

  • Premium Linear Slide Units
  • Medium Range Linear Slide Units
  • Low Range Linear Slide Units

Linear Slide Units Market by Guide:

  • Ball Guide
  • Slide Guide
  • Wheel Guide

Linear Slide Units Market by Capacity:

  • Linear Slide Units Less than 50 Kg
  • Linear Slide Units Between 50-100 Kg
  • Linear Slide Units Between 100-150 Kg
  • Linear Slide Units Above 150 Kg

Linear Slide Units Market by Drive:

  • Ball Screw
  • Belt Drive

Linear Slide Units Market by Application:

  • Pick & Place
  • Packaging
  • Inline Production

Linear Slide Units Market by End Use:

  • Linear Slide Units for Food & Beverages
  • Linear Slide Units for Packaging
  • Linear Slide Units for Retail & E-commerce
  • Linear Slide Units for Machine Building & SPM
  • Linear Slide Units for Automotive
  • Linear Slide Units for Pharmaceuticals

Linear Slide Units Market by Region:

  • North America Linear Slide Units Market
  • Latin America Linear Slide Units Market
  • Europe Linear Slide Units Market
  • East Asia Linear Slide Units Market
  • South Asia & Pacific Linear Slide Units Market
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA) Linear Slide Units Market

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the linear slide units market worth in 2022?

In 2022, the global linear slide units market stands at a net valuation of US$ 2.4 Bn.

What is the forecasted size of the linear slide units market?

By 2028, the global linear slide units market is expected to reach US$ 3.6 Bn.

Who are the key companies in the linear slide units market?

Festo Group, SMC Corporation, THK CO. LTD., Parker Hannifin, Igus GmbH, Phoenix Mecano AG, and SKF Group are key manufacturers of linear slide units.

What factors are propelling linear slide units market growth?

Rising industrialization and increasing popularity of automation are expected to majorly sculpt linear slide units market potential.

At what CAGR is the linear slide units market expected to develop?

Demand for linear slide units is anticipated to rise at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2022 to 2028.

Table of Content

1. Executive Summary

     1.1. Market Overview

     1.2. Market Analysis

     1.3. FMI Analysis and Recommendations

2. Market Introduction

     2.1. Market Taxonomy

     2.2. Market Definition

3. Market Background

     3.1. Macro-Economic Factors

     3.2. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

     3.3. Forecast Factors – Relevance & Impact

     3.4. Value Chain

     3.5. Market Dynamics

            3.5.1. Drivers

            3.5.2. Restraints

            3.5.3. Opportunity Analysis

4. Market Forecast

     4.1. Market Volume (Units) Projections

     4.2. Market Size Projections

            4.2.1. Y-o-Y Projections

            4.2.2. Absolute $ Opportunity Analysis

5. Global Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028, by Pricing 

     5.1. Introduction

            5.1.1. Market Value Share Analysis By Pricing 

            5.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Analysis By Pricing 

     5.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis By Pricing, 2013 – 2021

     5.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis and Forecast By Pricing, 2022 – 2028

            5.3.1. Premium

            5.3.2. Medium Range

            5.3.3. Low Range 

     5.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Pricing

6. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Pricing Global Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028, by Drive 

     6.1. Introduction

            6.1.1. Market Value Share Analysis By Drive

            6.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Analysis By Drive

     6.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis By Drive, 2013 – 2021

     6.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis and Forecast By Drive, 2022 – 2028

            6.3.1. Ball Screw

            6.3.2. Belt Drive

     6.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Drive

7. Global Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028, by Guide

     7.1. Introduction

            7.1.1. Market Value Share Analysis By Guide

            7.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Analysis By Guide

     7.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis By Guide, 2013 – 2021

     7.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis and Forecast By Guide, 2022 – 2028

            7.3.1. Ball Guide

            7.3.2. Slide Guide

            7.3.3. Wheel Guide

     7.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Guide

8. Global Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028, by Capacity

     8.1. Introduction

            8.1.1. Market Value Share Analysis By Capacity

            8.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Analysis By Capacity

     8.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis By Capacity, 2013 – 2021

     8.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis and Forecast By Capacity, 2022 – 2022

            8.3.1. Less than 50 Kg

            8.3.2. Between 50-100 Kg

            8.3.3. Between 100-150 Kg

            8.3.4. Above 150 Kg

     8.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Capacity

9. Global Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028, by Application

     9.1. Introduction

            9.1.1. Market Value Share Analysis By Application

            9.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Analysis By Application

     9.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis By Application, 2013 – 2021

     9.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis and Forecast By Application, 2022 – 2028

            9.3.1. Pick & Place

            9.3.2. Packaging

            9.3.3. Inline Production

     9.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Application

10. Global Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028, by End Use

     10.1. Introduction

            10.1.1. Market Value Share Analysis By End Use

            10.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Analysis By End Use

     10.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis By End Use, 2013 – 2021

     10.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis and Forecast By End Use, 2022 – 2028

            10.3.1. Food & Beverage

            10.3.2. Packaging

            10.3.3. Retail & E-commerce

            10.3.4. Machine Building & SPM

            10.3.5. Automotive

            10.3.6. Pharmaceutical

     10.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By End Use

11. Global Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028, by Region

     11.1. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Region

            11.1.1. Market Value Share Analysis By Region

            11.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Analysis By Region

     11.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis By Region, 2013 – 2021

     11.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Analysis and Forecast By Region, 2022 – 2028

            11.3.1. North America

            11.3.2. Europe

            11.3.3. South Asia

            11.3.4. Latin America

            11.3.5. East Asia

            11.3.6. India

            11.3.7. Middle East and Africa (MEA)

     11.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Region

12. North America Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028

     12.1. Introduction

     12.2. Pricing Analysis

     12.3. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Trend Analysis By Market Taxonomy, 2013 – 2021

     12.4. Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Forecast By Market Taxonomy, 2022 – 2028

            12.4.1. By Country

                12.4.1.1. U.S.

                12.4.1.2. Canada

     12.5. Market Attractiveness Analysis

            12.5.1. By Country

            12.5.2. By Pricing

            12.5.3. By Drive

            12.5.4. By Guide

            12.5.5. By Capacity

            12.5.6. By Application

            12.5.7. By End Use

     12.6. Market Trends

     12.7. Market Dynamics- Impact Analysis

13. Latin America Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028

     13.1. Introduction

     13.2. Pricing Analysis

     13.3. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Trend Analysis By Market Taxonomy, 2013 – 2021

     13.4. Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Forecast By Market Taxonomy, 2022 – 2028

            13.4.1. By Country

                      13.4.1.1. Mexico

                      13.4.1.2. Brazil

                      13.4.1.3. Rest of Latin America

     13.5. Market Attractiveness Analysis

            13.5.1. By Country

            13.5.2. By Pricing

            13.5.3. By Drive

            13.5.4. By Guide

            13.5.5. By Capacity

            13.5.6. By Application

            13.5.7. By End Use

     13.6. Market Trends

     13.7. Market Dynamics- Impact Analysis 

14. Europe Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028

     14.1. Introduction

     14.2. Pricing Analysis

     14.3. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Trend Analysis By Market Taxonomy, 2013 – 2021

     14.4. Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Forecast By Market Taxonomy, 2022 – 2028

            14.4.1. By Country

                      14.4.1.1. U.K.

                      14.4.1.2. Germany

                      14.4.1.3. France

                      14.4.1.4. Italy

                      14.4.1.5. Spain

                      14.4.1.6. Russia

                      14.4.1.7. Rest of Europe

     14.5. Market Attractiveness Analysis

            14.5.1. By Country

            14.5.2. By Pricing

            14.5.3. By Drive

            14.5.4. By Guide

            14.5.5. By Capacity

            14.5.6. By Application

            14.5.7. By End Use

     14.6. Market Trends

     14.7. Market Dynamics- Impact Analysis 

15. South Asia Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028

     15.1. Introduction

     15.2. Pricing Analysis

     15.3. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Trend Analysis By Market Taxonomy, 2013 – 2021

     15.4. Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Forecast By Market Taxonomy, 2022 – 2028

            15.4.1. By Country

                      15.4.1.1. ASEAN

                      15.4.1.2. Oceania

                      15.4.1.3. Rest of South Asia

     15.5. Market Attractiveness Analysis

            15.5.1. By Country

            15.5.2. By Pricing

            15.5.3. By Drive

            15.5.4. By Guide

            15.5.5. By Capacity

            15.5.6. By Application

            15.5.7. By End Use

     15.6. Market Trends

     15.7. Market Dynamics- Impact Analysis 

16. East Asia Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028

     16.1. Introduction

     16.2. Pricing Analysis

     16.3. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Trend Analysis By Market Taxonomy, 2013 – 2021

     16.4. Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Forecast By Market Taxonomy, 2022 – 2028

            16.4.1. By Country

                      16.4.1.1. China

                      16.4.1.2. Japan

                      16.4.1.3. South Korea

     16.5. Market Attractiveness Analysis

            16.5.1. By Country

            16.5.2. By Pricing

            16.5.3. By Drive

            16.5.4. By Guide

            16.5.5. By Capacity

            16.5.6. By Application

            16.5.7. By End Use

     16.6. Market Trends

     16.7. Market Dynamics- Impact Analysis 

17. India Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028

     17.1. Introduction

     17.2. Pricing Analysis

     17.3. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Trend Analysis By Market Taxonomy, 2013 – 2021

     17.4. Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Forecast By Market Taxonomy, 2022 – 2028

     17.5. Market Attractiveness Analysis

            17.5.1. By Pricing

            17.5.2. By Drive

            17.5.3. By Guide

            17.5.4. By Capacity

            17.5.5. By Application

            17.5.6. By End Use

     17.6. Market Trends

     17.7. Market Dynamics- Impact Analysis 

18. Middle East and Africa Linear Slide Unit Market Analysis 2013–2021 and Forecast 2022–2028

     18.1. Introduction

     18.2. Pricing Analysis

     18.3. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Trend Analysis By Market Taxonomy, 2013 – 2021

     18.4. Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume Forecast By Market Taxonomy, 2022 – 2028

            18.4.1. By Country

                      18.4.1.1. GCC Countries

                      18.4.1.2. Northern Africa

                      18.4.1.3. Turkey

                      18.4.1.4. South Africa

                      18.4.1.5. Rest of MEA

     18.5. Market Attractiveness Analysis

            18.5.1. By Country

            18.5.2. By Pricing

            18.5.3. By Drive

            18.5.4. By Guide

            18.5.5. By Capacity

            18.5.6. By Application

            18.5.7. By End Use

     18.6. Market Trends

     18.7. Market Dynamics- Impact Analysis 

19. Competition Analysis

     19.1. Competition Dashboard

     19.2. Pricing Analysis by Competition

     19.3. Competition Benchmarking

     19.4. Profitability and Gross Margin Analysis by Competition

     19.5. Competition Developments

     19.6. Competition Deep Dive (11 companies)

            19.6.1. Festo Group 

                      19.6.1.1. Overview

                      19.6.1.2. Product Portfolio

                      19.6.1.3. Profitability by Market Segments (Product/Channel/Region)

                      19.6.1.4. Production Footprint

                      19.6.1.5. Sales Footprint

                      19.6.1.6. Channel Footprint

                      19.6.1.7. Gross Margin Benchmarking

                      19.6.1.8. Strategy Overview

                                 19.6.1.8.1. Marketing Strategy

                                 19.6.1.8.2. Product Strategy

                                 19.6.1.8.3. Channel Strategy

            19.6.2. Bosch Rexroth AG

            19.6.3. SMC Corporation

            19.6.4. THK CO., LTD.

            19.6.5. Parker Hannifin

            19.6.6. Igus GmbH 

            19.6.7. Phoenix Mecano AG 

            19.6.8. SKF Group 

            19.6.9. Hiwin Corporation 

            19.6.10. Thomson Industries, Inc.

            19.6.11.  Saiprasad Enterprises

20. Assumptions and Acronyms Used

21. Research Methodology

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