Underwater Connectors Market Size & Share, by Type (Rigid Shell, Inductive Coupling, Rubber Molded, Electrical Mateable); Application (Oil & Gas, Defense, Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, Telecommunication, Oceanography); Connection (Electrical, Optical Fiber, Hybrid) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 3910
  • Published Date: May 02, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2035

Underwater Connectors Market size is projected to surpass USD 9 billion by the end of 2035, growing at a CAGR of 7% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of underwater connectors was over USD 2 billion. The growth of the market can be attributed to growing demand for oil and gas. In 2022 as a whole, oil demand growth was increased to about 3 mb/d (+140 kb/d), and in 2023 it was increased to approximately 2 mb/d (+100 kb/d), when it would reach about 100 mb/d, globally. Hence, oil production and exploration operations rise along with the demand for oil, necessitating the usage of subsea machinery and sensors. Hence, owing to this the market is anticipated to grow.

Moreover, underwater connectors are in high demand as a result of the expansion of offshore renewable energy projects such as offshore wind farms. By 2030, the US federal government aims to have installed 30 gigawatts of new offshore wind energy. These connectors are necessary for transporting power from the turbines to the coast via the undersea cables. Hence, their demand is growing. Additionally, the usage of underwater sensors and monitoring tools has increased as a result of an increasing emphasis on environmental monitoring and preservation. These gadgets necessitate dependable and long-lasting connectors to provide proper data transmission and monitoring.

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Underwater Connectors Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Exploration of Oil & Gas -Globe has oil that could still be exploited for another 46 years. The same amount of confirmed oil reserves is probably around 2 trillion barrels. One of the main factors driving demand for underwater connectors is the expanding oil and gas exploration. Both onshore and offshore regions have oil and gas deposits, however offshore reserves are larger and more prevalent in some places. Hence, the oil and gas sector significantly relies on subsea equipment, such as pipelines, control systems, and subsea drilling systems, all of which need dependable and long-lasting underwater connectors for power and data transfer.
  • Rise in Construction of Subsea Pipelines -Currently, subsea infrastructure supplies about 4 million barrels of oil and gas per day (bpd), however if anticipated future projects move forward, that number is expected to rise to about 34 billion by 2030. Hence, the construction of subsea pipelines is growing.
  • Surge in Construction of Data Centers Underwater -As the need for data processing and storage increases, some businesses are looking into the use of underwater data centers that are cooled by the surrounding seawater. In the spring of 2018, the Project Natick team at Microsoft set up the Northern Isles datacenter 117 feet below the surface of the ocean. For power and data transfer, these data centers need specialized underwater connectors.
  • Growth in Water Pollution -Oil spills or leaks offshore may occur at different times during well drilling, workover, and maintenance activities. These phases may take place as oil is handled, extracted from offshore wells, and temporarily stored. They may also happen as oil is delivered offshore via a flowline, an undersea pipeline, or a ship. Offshore drilling operations produce roughly about 3 percent of the approximately 705 million gallons of waste oil in the ocean each year, and transportation mishaps (including ships and tankers) add another 4 percent. Oil spills in the ocean are not discovered by underwater connectivity by themselves. However, they could be used to link sensors and monitoring tools that are especially made to find and gauge oceanic oil spills.
  • Upsurge in Urban Population -Approximately 4.4 billion people, or 56% of the world's population, reside in cities. By 2050, approximately 7 out of 10 people would live in cities, with the urban population predicted to more than double from its current level. Infrastructure development, such as building bridges, tunnels, and other underwater constructions, is becoming more and more important as cities develop and thrive. These constructions frequently call for subsea technology that transmits electricity and data using dependable, long-lasting underwater connections.


  • High Cost of Underwater Connectors - Underwater connections are expensive primarily since they need specialized construction and materials to resist the severe marine environment. Underwater connectors must be able to survive high pressures, chilly temperatures, and corrosive saltwater. In order to achieve this, specialized materials such titanium, ceramic, or premium stainless steel must be used. In order to prevent water from getting inside and harming the equipment they link, underwater connectors must also be designed to maintain a watertight seal. Higher production expenses may be incurred owing to the usage of these specialized materials and designs, which are subsequently passed on to the consumers in the form of higher prices. Additionally, underwater connectors frequently need to be highly customized in order to suit the demands of various applications, which raises the price.
  • Growing Environmental Regulations
  • Competition from Alternative Technologies

Underwater Connectors Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 2 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 9 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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Underwater Connectors Segmentation

Application (Oil & Gas, Defense, Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, Telecommunication, Oceanography)

The global industry is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by application into oil & gas, defense, unmanned underwater vehicle, telecommunication, and oceanography. Out of which, the oil & gas segment is expected to garner the highest revenue by the end of 2035. The growth of the segment can be attributed to growing transportation. Oil and gas are key consumers in the transportation industry, and as more people and goods are carried internationally, the need for oil and gas rises. A daily average of over 54 million tons of freight worth more than about USD 53 billion was transported via the U.S. transportation sector in 2019. Hence, the demand for the segment is growing, further boosting the market growth. A large amount of oil and gas exploration and production takes place in subsea environments, where it is essential to link equipment and instrumentation situated on the seafloor to surface vessels and platforms. A dependable and secure method of joining the various instruments and pieces of equipment together is through underwater connections. Moreover, it might be difficult to maintain and repair equipment when oil and gas exploration and production take place in isolated areas distant from shore. In order to provide dependable and secure connections that are less prone to failure, underwater connectors could assist decrease the need for regular maintenance and repair.

Connection (Electrical, Optical Fiber, Hybrid)

The global underwater connectors market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by connection into electrical, optical fiber, and hybrid. Amongst which, hybrid segment is expected to have the significant growth over the forecast period. Through a single connector, hybrid connectors enable the transmission of both electrical power and data. As a result, subsea systems and instruments are now more functional and adaptable. Moreover, hybrid connectors could conserve space and lower the total size and weight of subsea systems and equipment by merging power and data transmission into one connector. Further, hybrid connectors are frequently made in accordance with industry standards, which could make it simpler for businesses to collaborate on subsea projects and share data.

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

    By Type

  • Rigid Shell
  • Inductive Coupling
  • Rubber Molded
  • Electrical Mateable

   By Application

  • Oil & Gas
  • Defense
  • Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
  • Telecommunication
  • Oceanography

   By Connection

  • Electrical
  • Optical Fiber
  • Hybrid

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Underwater Connectors Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The market share of underwater connectors in North America, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to have the highest growth by the end of 2035, backed by growing urbanization, along with rising use of underwater connectors in defense in this region. The urban population in North America in 2021 increased by about 0.3% from 2020 to approximately 306,343,264. In North America as a whole, and particularly in the Northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada, the offshore wind energy business is expanding. The electrical infrastructure of offshore wind turbines and their connection to the onshore grid depend on underwater connectors. Additionally, in North America, a large portion of the current subsea infrastructure is deteriorating and has to be repaired or replaced. In response to this, demand for underwater connectors and related subsea equipment has increased. Additionally, in North America, environmental monitoring is receiving more attention, especially in regions with a lot of oil and gas production. Sensors and other monitoring tools that could track changes in water quality, temperature, and other environmental variables are connected using underwater connectors.

APAC Market Statistics

The Asia Pacific underwater connectors market is estimated to be the second largest, to have the highest growth over the forecast period. Subsea cables, which link nations and regions with high-speed internet, data centers, and other communication infrastructure, are in high demand in the Asia Pacific region. These subsea cables are ineffective without underwater connectors. Moreover, The Asia Pacific region is becoming increasingly interested in undersea exploration and research, which has increased demand for underwater connectors for subsea sensing, imaging, and other scientific equipment. Additionally, there are numerous nations in the Asia Pacific region that have maritime borders and territories, and maritime security is becoming more of an issue. Sonars, as well as other security equipment, utilize underwater connectors for underwater surveillance systems.

Europe Market Forecast

Additionally, the market in Europe region is also estimated to have the significant growth over the forecast period. Europe is a global leader in underwater robotics, and it has launched a number of R&D projects aimed at creating sophisticated underwater robots for a variety of uses. For these robots to operate and communicate with the surface control systems, underwater connectors are necessary. Additionally, a growing interest in underwater archaeology to investigate and resurface shipwrecks and other historic sites is being driven by Europe's long history of maritime activities. Applications for subsea sensing, imaging, and data transmission for underwater archaeology use underwater connectors. Hence, these all factors are estimated to boost the growth of the market in this region.

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Companies Dominating the Underwater Connectors Landscape

    • TE Connectivity
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Amphenol Corporation
    • Eaton Corporation plc
    • Fischer Connectors SA
    • Hydro Group
    • Glenair, Inc.
    • SEACON Group
    • Lemo S.A.
    • Souriau SAS
    • Bulgin Limited


In The News

  • The SP80 team has chosen Fischer Connectors SA for the data-transmission solutions connecting the many sensors that would equip the boat and its captain to break the world sailing speed record throughout the development of its boat, which is now close to reaching its final design phase. The technical difficulty is to sail at 80 knots (148.16 km/h) using solely the wind's energy.
  • Hydro Group was thrilled to announce the release of its first-ever fibre optic manned penetrator for submersibles, diving bells, and deck decompression chambers after a lengthy period of customer input, R&D, prototype evaluation, and successful field trials.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma, Hetal Singh

  • Report ID: 3910
  • Published Date: May 02, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The major factors driving the growth of the market are growing exploration of oil & gas, rise in construction of subsea pipelines, surge in construction of data centers underwater, and others.

The market size of underwater connectors is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2035.

High cost of underwater connectors, growing environmental regulations, and competition of alternative technologies are estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are TE Connectivity, Amphenol Corporation, Eaton Corporation plc, Fischer Connectors SA, and more.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by type, application, connection, and by region.

The hybrid segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.
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