Coating Thickness Gauge Market Size & Share, by Coating Type (Wet Film, Dry film); Technology (Optical, Ultrasonic, Eddy Current and Magnetic Induction); End Users (Paint & Powder Coating, Electroplating & Anodizing, Aerospace & Marine, Construction, Semiconductors) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Mar 05, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Coating Thickness Gauge Market size is poised to cross 840 USD Million by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of coating thickness gauge was USD 590 Million. The market growth is owing to factors like increased thin film usage in various industries such as electronics, automotive, packaging, and medical devices. The semiconductor sector, in particular, has driven demand for precise film thickness monitoring instruments as integrated circuits and electronic components become smaller and more intricate.  Furthermore, new gauges offer remarkable accuracy exemplified by models like Elecometer 456 which can achieve an impressive accuracy of +/- 2.5µm or 1.3% and deliver up to 70 readings per minute enhancing efficiency and productivity in various applications

In addition to these, rising attention to quality control and product performance has led to a surge in demand for advanced coating thickness monitoring tools. Manufacturers recognize the pivotal role of film thickness in product functionality and durability, driving the need for accurate measurement solutions to enhance competitiveness and ensure superior quality.

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Coating Thickness Gauge Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rise in Automotive Industrial Trends: The increase in competition within the automobile industry, coupled with the emergence of new market entrants, has led to a shift in customer preference towards used vehicles. This trend is further fueled by the enhanced quality and reliability of pre-owned cars, which has consequently boosted both the used vehicle and coating thickness gauge markets. Reports show that the used cars industry grew from 932 billion in 2021 to around 997 billion USD in 2022 worldwide. Furthermore, contrary to previous years, today’s buyers and inspectors evaluate a vehicle’s value based on the quality of its paint finish and validate its reported history. Consequently, there has been a growing reliance on digital and electronic coating thickness gauges among buyers.
  • Emerging Trends in Technology Miniaturization: The surge in technology miniaturization and cost optimization drives the demand for coating thickness measurement solutions. Critical in various industries, these measurements ensure thin material layers meet quality standards, serving purpose like insulation, wear resistant and diffusion barriers. Vital for specific applications, accurate film thickness measurements are essential to achieve the intended functionality. Additionally, advancements in sensor technology and data analytics are enhancing the capabilities of these gauges, enabling real-time monitoring and analysis of coating thickness across various industries. Overall, the trend toward technology miniaturization is driving innovation in the coating thickness gauge market, leading to more efficient and reliable solutions for quality control and process optimization.


  • High Cost and Accessibility: High costs associated with advanced coating thickness gauges can be a barrier to adoption, particularly for small businesses. Improving affordability and accessibility while maintaining quality and accuracy is a challenge for manufacturers in the coating thickness gauge market.
  • Environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and surface roughness can affect coating thickness measurements. Ensuring reliable performance of coating thickness gauges under varying environmental conditions is a challenge.
  • Maintaining accuracy and consistency in coating thickness measurements is essential for quality control and compliance with industry standards, which sometimes can be hard and time-consuming.

Coating Thickness Gauge Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 590 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 840 Million

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Coating Thickness Gauge Segmentation

Coating Type (Wet Film, Dry film)

The dry film segment in the coating thickness gauge market is estimated to gain the largest revenue share of about 65% during forecast period. The segment growth can be attributed to the widespread applications in industries such as packaging, electronics, automotive, and aerospace. The versatile use of dry films across multiple sectors is poised to bolster its market share. Furthermore, dry films serve as coatings for various functional purposes, including anti-reflective coatings and corrosion protection. The demand for film thickness measuring instruments tailored for dry films is propelled by the necessity for stringent quality control in coating applications. The dry film thickness is the most essential measurement made during the implementation and examination of protective coating and gauges like the CES-103 DFT has been crucial in the field, with the measuring range of 0 to 2000 µm and accuracy of+/- (3%+ 1µm) and the highest resolution is up to 0.1 µm. CES-103 with only one button, and it’s easy to use.

End Users (Paint & Powder Coating, Electroplating & Anodizing, Aerospace & Marine, Construction, Semiconductors)

The semiconductor segment in the coating thickness gauge market is estimated to gain a significant share of about 25% by 2036. This can be attributed to its critical role in producing integrated circuits (ICs) and other semiconductor devices. The revenue in the semiconductor industry in the US is estimated to reach 78 billion USD by the end of 2024. Accurate control over layer thickness is imperative for semiconductor manufacturing processes including photolithography, deposition, and etching. The precise measurement of film thickness is indispensable for ensuring the quality and functionality of semiconductor components.

Our in-depth analysis of the global coating thickness gauge market includes the following segments:


  • Dry Film
  • Wet Film


  • Optical
  • Ultrasonic
  • Eddy Current 
  • Magnetic Induction


  • Paint & Powder 
  • Electroplating & Anodizing
  • Aerospace & Marine
  • Construction
  • Semiconductor

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Coating Thickness Gauge Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

Coating thickness gauge market in North America region is anticipated to hold the largest revenue share of about 28% by the end of 2036. The market growth can be attributed to continuous advancements in display technology often led to the development of high-resolution panels with pixel densities that demand precise control over layer thickness. Instruments for measuring film thickness play a vital role in ensuring uniformity and consistency in this state-of-the-art display. Besides that, the rise of connected cars and intelligent transportation systems further boosts regional coating thickness gauge market growth. According to reports connected cars are advancing technologically and becoming more powerful, it is estimated that by 2027 around 176 million US drivers will be using connected cars. Additionally, with the increasing demand from the medical sector and significant advancements in semiconductor manufacturing are anticipated to fuel further growth in the regional market.

APAC Market Analysis

The Asia Pacific coating thickness gauge market is estimated to the second largest, revenue share of about 21 % by the end of 2036. Asia Pacific is recognized for its diverse environment, encompassing humid and coastal areas where corrosion of car components is a significant concern. And most of Southeastern Asia Pacific being a coastal region, countries like India losses worth USD 110 Billion occur every year due to corrosion in projects across different sectors. To ensure adequate protection, coatings applied to vehicles for corrosion prevention must undergo precise thickness control, highlighting the critical importance of film thickness measurement equipment. As automobile production increases, so does the need for thicker and more durable coatings to protect the vehicles from corrosion.  According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), vehicle sales and production in China reached 2.556 million and 2,383 million units as of December 2022.

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Companies Dominating the Coating Thickness Gauge Landscape

    • Elecometer
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      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • DeFelsko
    • Extech Instrument
    • Erichsen
    • Helmut – Fischer
    • Oxford Instruments
    • Paul N. Gardner Company
    • ElektroPhysik
    • Mextech
    • Rex Durometers


In The News

  • Elcometer supplied the Royal Navy with a number of digital Inspection kits, distributed across Portsmouth & Devonport naval bases. The digital inspection kits, which include surface profile, dry film thickness and climatic condition gauges were required to be included within the new anti-corrosion containers.


  • Helmut and Ficher GmbH released its new revolutionary DMP instrument series for tactile and non-destructive coating thickness measurement. With the new DMP instrument, they are putting an exclamation mark on tactile and non-destructive coating thickness measurement of magnetizable and non-magnetizable base materials. The DMP instruments feature a robust and modern design and are equipped with digital probes and new software for comprehensive evaluations.

Author Credits:  Rushikesh, Richa Gupta

  • Report ID: 5802
  • Published Date: Mar 05, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The coating thickness gauge market growth is owing to factors like increased thin film usage in various industries such as electronics, automotive, packaging and medical devices.

The market size of coating thickness gauge is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024 - 2036.

The major players in the market are Elecometer, DeFelsko, Extech Instrument, Erichsen, Helmut-Fischer, Oxford Instruments, Paul N. Gardner Company, ElektroPhysik, Mextech, Rex Durometers others.

The semiconductors segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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