Asia Pacific Helicopter Market size valued at USD 9 billion in 2020 and is set to observe around 4.5% growth rate between 2021 and 2027.
Government authorities in Asian countries, including India, China, and Japan, are taking extensive efforts to improve their in-house manufacturing capabilities. Relaxation on the regulations pertaining to the establishment of manufacturing facilities and 100% FDI allocations are some of the major factors attracting the international industry participants to Asia Pacific.
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The Asia Pacific market growth is further driven by the increasing usage of helicopters in the commercial sector in countries including Australia, China, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The growth in the economy has led to an increase in tourism in this region. Helicopters are also being increasingly used for search & rescue operations and providing essential services & products during natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the economic activities in Asia Pacific on a large-scale. Huge loss of life in China and India in 2020 due to the pandemic led to a total shutdown of manufacturing & production facilities in both the countries. The coronavirus outbreak has halted the raw material & electronic component supply to the global market from China. Moreover, the disruptions in foreign trade and global supply & logistics operations have led to rising financial insecurities among end-users of advanced equipment such as helicopters, in the region. This has impacted the revenues of component manufacturers and system integrators, hampering the market growth.
The Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) segment held the highest Asia Pacific helicopter market share in 2020, attributed to the increasing demand for upgrading the existing helicopters and maintaining their airworthiness as per the regulatory reforms. OEMs in the industry are embraced with the latest manufacturing capabilities, such as additive manufacturing and laser sintering, allowing them to increase their operational efficiency and reduce cost.
The rotary system segment is anticipated to experience substantial growth during the forecast period. Frequent wear and tear of helicopter rotary systems due to operation in challenging weather conditions requires timely replacement and maintenance. Steadily increasing helicopter sales also remains to be a major driver for the growth of the rotary segment.
Major companies in the market include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Vietnam Helicopter Corporation.
Manufacturers are focusing on development of advanced helicopters to meet the requirements of navy services. For instance, in February 2019, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) displayed a new Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH), equipped with a main rotor folding and tail boom folding as a technology demonstrator. The NUH is an advanced version of Dhruv, an advanced light helicopter, which is expected to meet the custom requirements of the Navy.