Pipe Inspection Robot Market Size & Share, by Application (Remote Inspection, Welding Pipe, Thickness Measuring, Scanning System); Type (Aerial Drones, Wheel In-Pipe, Tracked In-Pipe); End-user (Oil & Gas, Sewer Management, Industrial Plants, Food & Beverages, Electronics) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Sep 15, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024 - 2036

Pipe Inspection Robot Market size is estimated to surpass USD 5 Billion by the end of 2036, witnessing around 15% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of pipe inspection robot was around USD 3 Billion. The growth of the market can be attributed to the growing network of gas pipelines. As of December 2020, there were around 2,381 operating oil and gas pipelines spread over 162 nations. Moreover, between 2022 and 2026, around 536 transmission oil and gas pipelines are expected to come online. With the expansion of pipelines, safety has become the paramount concern, pipe inspection robots provide a safe way of inspection.

In addition to these, a factor that is believed to fuel the market growth of pipe inspection robots is surging industrial growth. The necessity for constructing and extending infrastructure, such as pipelines for transversing fluids has increased dramatically with the expansion of the industrial sector. The higher the size and scope of an industrial infrastructure, there's more the requirement for routine inspection and maintenance, which increases the demand for pipe inspection robots.

Pipe Inspection Robot Market Overview
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Pipe Inspection Robot Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Improvement in the Structure – There has been ongoing technological advancement in the structure of pipe inspection robots, such as the flexibility has been improved. Moreover, pipe inspections are able to reach longer distances owing to their improved signal transmission capability. Modern improvements in inspection robots have improved their navigation properties even in complex conditions. They can inspect different pipes of different diameters and negotiate bends.
  • Rising Shift Towards Nanotechnology– Cameras, sensors, and essential components used in pipe inspection robots can now be miniaturized through the use of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology allows for the lowering of atomic dimensions and tolerances to less than 100nm, as well as the reduction of product size without compromising performance. Smaller structures will allow robots to navigate through smaller diameters.
  • Rising Use of Drones for SurveillanceInspection drones mounted with night vision cameras and thermal imaging sensors are capable of offering 24-hour observation, even in low-light or adverse conditions.  Drones integrated with cameras and sensors help in providing the aerial view and they are suitable for identifying initial damages through aerial views.



  • The Rising Complexity of Pipeline Networks- Pipeline networks can be quite complicated, with a wide range of sizes, dimensions, and topologies. Creating inspection robots that can traverse different environments can be difficult.
  • Low Competency with the Existing Systems
  • Lack of Service Training and Expertise

Pipe Inspection Robot Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 3 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 5 Billion

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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Pipe Inspection Robot Segmentation

End User (Oil & Gas, Sewer Management, Industrial Plants, Food & Beverages, Electronics)

The oil & gas segment is expected to account for 35% share of the global pipe inspection robot market in the year 2036. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the increasing projects of offshore operations in deep or ultra-deep water. In 2021, the investment in offshore projects increased by 20%. Currently, around USD 214 billion invested in new projects will take offshore oil and gas to new heights. Furthermore, it is expected, between 2022 and 2025, around USD 500 million will be invested in the same.

Type (Aerial Drones, Wheel In-Pipe, Tracked In-Pipe)

Pipe inspection robot market from the aerial drones segment is expected to garner a significant share of around 54% in the year 2036. The rising benefit of aerial drones, such that they can perform non-intrusive inspection from the exterior. Moreover, the inspection conducted with the help of aerial drones is much faster and reduces the cost of labor. Furthermore, drones can capture high-quality films and photographs from aerial perspectives. This is further enhanced owing to the technological advancement of the drones. The modern drones use a combination of Global Navigation Satellite Systems, including GLONASS and GPS.

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


  • Aerial Drones
  • Wheel In-Pipe
  • Tracked In-Pipe


  • Remote Inspection
  • Welding Pipe
  • Thickness Measuring
  • Scanning System

          End User

  • Oil & Gas
  • Sewer Management
  • Industrial Plants
  • Food & Beverages
  • Electronics

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Pipe Inspection Robot Industry- Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

The pipe inspection robot market in Asia Pacific is projected to be the largest with a share of about 35% by the end of 2036. The growth of the market in the region can be attributed majorly to the rising adoption of technology that has saved manual labor from going into dangerous sites to carry out operations or maintenance. For instance, as per the data from the Indian government, nearly 520 districts out of 766 districts have declared that manual scavenging has reduced to zero in their areas. Moreover, around 200 sewer-cleaning automated machines were deployed in the capital of India.

North American Market Statistics

The North America pipe inspection robot market is estimated to be the second largest, registering a share of about 27% by the end of 2036. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the rising investment in nanotechnology. The United States expenditures the greatest amount of money on nanotechnology BERD of USD 13 500 million PPP, accounting for about 75% of total global nanotechnology BERD expenditures. Furthermore, the growing demand for oil and gas is also expected to drive market growth in the world.

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Companies Dominating the Pipe Inspection Robot Landscape

    • CUES Inc.
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Envirosight LLC
    • GE Inspection Robots
    • IBAK Helmut Hunger GmbH & Co. KG
    • Medit Inc.
    • RedZone Robotics
    • Robotics Design Group
    • Inunktun Services Ltd.
    • Xylem Inc.
    • Honeybee Robotics

In the News

  • July 2023: Cues Inc. has launched the CUES SPR II, it has a single-point wheel adjustment feature enabling Rapid configuration adjustments in varied pipe sizes and situations. It has a versatile robotic camera that is used in sanitary sewers.
  • February 2023: General Electric has collaborated with Garver and Warren Environmental to develop a pipeline underground trenches overhaul system, also known as PLUTO systems. It is capable of internally repairing old pipelines without the need for major digging, cutting, and extraction.

Author Credits:  Richa Gupta

  • Report ID: 5235
  • Published Date: Sep 15, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing demand for oil and gas, and growing manufacturing of packaged beverages are the major factors driving the market growth.

The market size of pipe inspection robot is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~15% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036.

The major players in the market are CUES Inc., Envirosight LLC, GE Inspection Robots, IBAK Helmut Hunger GmbH & Co. KG, Medit Inc., RedZone Robotics, Robotics Design Group, Inunktun Services Ltd., Xylem Inc., and Honeybee Robotics.

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

The market in the Asia Pacific 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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