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IO Link Market Trends

ID: MRFR//10376-HCR | 128 Pages | Author: Shubham Munde| July 2024

Global IO-Link Market Overview

IO-Link Market Size was valued at USD 6.8 Billion in 2022. The IO-Link market industry is projected to grow from USD 8.8 Billion in 2023 to USD 69.65 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.50% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032). Integration with existing systems, Enhanced device functionality, Simplified integration and commissioning, Flexibility and Scalability, are the key market drivers enhancing market growth.

IO-Link Market Overview

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

IO-Link Market Trends

  • Improvements in device function is driving the market growth

In recent years, a number of reasons have contributed to the increasing expansion and adoption of the IO-Link industry. In industrial automation and control systems, IO-Link is a communication protocol that enables seamless interaction of sensors, actuators, and other devices with the main control system. It is a well-liked option in the industrial sector because to its adaptability, interoperability, and capacity to improve equipment functionality. The growing demand for automation is one of the major factors driving the IO-Link market. Businesses want to increase operational effectiveness and productivity, and IO-Link is essential to attaining these objectives. IO-Link makes it possible for devices to integrate and communicate with one other in a seamless manner, which speeds up automation processes, lowers downtime, and improves operational effectiveness overall.

Additionally, the use of IO-Link has been accelerated by the development of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IO-Link offers the connectivity and data interchange capabilities required for real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, and remote configuration as enterprises adopt digital transformation. It makes it possible for devices to exchange important data, including diagnostics, parameterization, and process data, facilitating the use of advanced analytics and decision-making algorithms. Additionally, IO-Link provides improved device functioning, which aids in the market's expansion. Devices can send and receive data when bidirectional communication is enabled by IO-Link, opening up new possibilities for additional functionality, diagnostics, and configuration. This additional intelligence enhances the efficiency and dependability of the devices, resulting in increased output and improved standards in industrial operations.

The market is further stimulated by IO-Link's streamlined integration and commissioning services. The integration of devices from many manufacturers is made easier and takes less time using IO-Link's standardised communication interface. Additionally, IO-Link offers automatic device configuration and replacement, making it possible to replace broken devices without the need for personal intervention. The IO-Link market is also being driven by cost effectiveness. IO-Link helps enterprises save money by minimising installation time and wiring complexity. Accurate and dependable data transmission is made possible by the ability to connect several devices in series and the removal of analog-to-digital conversion, which lowers total costs.

Additionally, IO-Link offers flexibility and scalability to meet evolving industrial requirements. It enables simple expansion and integration of new devices into existing systems while supporting a wide variety of devices. Its ability to work with diverse fieldbus systems ensures that old and contemporary communication technologies can live peacefully, making IO-Link a flexible option for various industrial infrastructures. Thus, driving the IO-Link market revenue.

IO-Link Market Segment Insights

IO-Link Type Insights

The IO-Link Market segmentation, based on type includes IO-link Wired, IO-link Wireless. The IO-link wireless segment dominated the market, accounting for 59.25% of market revenue in 2022. IO-Link Wireless provides the advantage of eliminating cables, offering greater flexibility in device placement and reducing wiring complexity.

Figure 1: IO-Link Market, by Type, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)

IO-Link Market, by Type, 2022 & 2032

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

IO-Link Component Insights

The IO-Link Market segmentation, based on Component, includes IO-link Master, IO-link Devices, Sensor Nodes, Modules, Actuators, RFID Read Heads, Others. The IO-link master category generated the most income (65.54%) in 2022. Almost all IO-Link deployments need the IO-Link Master, which is a crucial element. It serves as the conduit for communication and smooth integration between the control system and the IO-Link Devices.

IO-Link Application Insights

The IO-Link Market segmentation, based on Application includes Machine Tool, Handling & Assembly, Automation, Intralogistics, and Packaging. The machine tool segment dominated the market, accounting for 33.24% of market revenue in 2022. As they provide flexibility and compatibility with many types of sensors and actuators, modules are frequently employed in industrial automation systems.

IO-Link Industry Vertical Insights

The IO-Link Market segmentation, based on Industry Vertical includes Oil & Gas, Energy & Power, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Pharmaceuticals, Food & Beverages, Chemicals, Others. The automotive segment dominated the market, accounting for 37.57% of market revenue in 2022. Automation, precise control, and real-time data sharing are significantly utilised in the numerous manufacturing processes in the automotive industry.

IO-Link Regional Insights

By region, the study provides the market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. The North America IO-Link Market dominated this market in 2022 (45.80%). Due to its capacity to increase automation, increase effectiveness, and enable enhanced diagnostics, IO-Link technology has gained popularity in various industries. Further, the U.S. IO-Link market held the largest market share, and the Canada Armor Materials market was the fastest growing market in the North America region.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The U.S., Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.



Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe IO-Link market accounts for the second-largest market share. The area gains from a strong industrial infrastructure, a concentration on cutting-edge manufacturing technology, and a significant need for effective and adaptable automation solutions. Further, the German IO-Link market held the largest market share, and the UK IO-Link market was the fastest growing market in the European region

The Asia-Pacific IO-Link Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. The region is renowned for its booming industrial sectors, which include those for consumer products, electronics, and automobiles. These industries are adopting IO-Link technology to improve production process control, real-time monitoring, and flexibility. Moreover, China’s IO-Link market held the largest market share, and the Indian IO-Link market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.

IO-Link Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development in order to expand their product lines, which will help the IO-Link market, grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their global footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, IO-Link industry must offer cost-effective items.

Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by manufacturers in the global IO-Link industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the IO-Link industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Major players in the IO-Link market, including Balluff GmbH, ifm electronic GmbH, Banner Engineering Corp., SICK AG, Siemens, Emerson Electric Co., Rockwell Automation, Inc., Pepperl+Fuchs, Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Omron Corporation., and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.

Balluff GmbH is a leading global provider of sensor and automation solutions, with a strong presence in the IO-Link market. The business specialises in the design and production of premium IO-Link products, which allow for smooth communication and control in industrial automation systems. A comprehensive selection of IO-Link sensors, actuators, and communication modules are available from Balluff, and they offer real-time data transmission, improved diagnostics, and adaptable integration options. In a variety of applications across industries, these IO-Link devices allow optimised performance, enhanced productivity, and improved efficiency. Balluff keeps working to create cutting-edge IO-Link solutions that meet the changing demands of the market with a focus on innovation. Known for their dependability, accuracy, and toughness, the company's IO-Link solutions are appropriate for severe industrial situations.

Banner Engineering Corp. is a renowned global provider of industrial automation and sensing solutions, with significant expertise in the IO-Link market. The business specialises in designing and producing a variety of IO-Link-capable safety equipment, lighting solutions, and sensors that improve automation and control in industrial applications. The IO-Link product line from Banner Engineering includes a wide variety of sensors, including photoelectric, ultrasonic, vision, and more. In order to support real-time monitoring, precision detection, and smooth integration with industrial automation systems, these sensors are built to deliver precise and trustworthy data. Additionally, Banner sells safety equipment that is IO-Link compatible and increases worker productivity. With a strong focus on innovation, Banner Engineering creates cutting-edge IO-Link solutions on a constant basis to meet the changing demands of the market. Their IO-Link products are renowned for their dependability, performance, and compatibility, making them appropriate for a variety of industries, including the automotive, packaging, food & beverage, and pharmaceuticals.

Key Companies in the IO-Link market include

  • Balluff GmbH

  • ifm electronic GmbH

  • Banner Engineering Corp.


  • Siemens

  • Emerson Electric Co.

  • Rockwell Automation, Inc.

  • Pepperl+Fuchs

  • Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG

  • Omron Corporation

IO-Link Industry Developments

July 2023- HBK developed the digital force sensors U9C and C9C, which are ready to use and ideal for fast processes. Additionally, they offer a standardized interface to any PLC with IO-Link. For example, they are typically used in joining or pressing operations during assembly or in the production of automotive parts and subsystems. User-driven digitization can be planned and executed with appropriate speed using these compact and robust sensors. In terms of mechanical dimensions and threads, they are identical to their analog predecessors – so upgrading existing setups with the new technology is easy.

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced a device in April 2023 that fills the gap between HF and UHF RFID systems: the IUT-F191-IO-V1 allows easy access to UHF RFID technology among customers. Additionally, it integrates into existing networks while offering an affordable upgrade path for those who wish to improve their RFID capabilities through IO-Link interface adoption. Pepperl+Fuchs is one of the world’s leading suppliers when it comes to industrial automation solutions; recently, they expanded their range by adding another product called IUT-F191-IO-V1 – this innovative device serves as a bridge between HF and UHF RFID systems, thereby enabling users’ easy access towards UHF RFID technology where needed.

January 2021- the world of factory automation will always strive for better machine efficiency because, essentially, what machine builders want is cheaper smartness. Data does this by connecting countless devices together, supporting real-time industrial network communication. One such communication interface employed in modern factories is IO-Link, which, though still growing at high speed, has gained a strong presence mainly among sensors & similar devices where it simplified installation/configuration/diagnostics; now Linak expands these benefits to linear movement through the world’s first electric actuator with integrated IO-Link communication feature.

March 2021- The sensors, which are self-monitoring and provide internal environmental data in real time, including temperature monitoring, relative humidity, inclination detection, and vibration monitoring, were introduced by Balluff GmbH. On the sensor, LEDs show the signal quality, and IO-Link can be used for functions like operation hours and time.

March 2020- Siemens included additional modules for the SIMATIC ET 200MP/SIMATIC S7-1500 IOs as well as a backplane bus to its distributed I/O system. Four new multi-channel digital modules in total, each with 64 channels and an installation width of 35 millimetres, allow users to implement a large number of channels in the control cabinet while conserving space and money.

IO-Link Market Segmentation

IO-Link Type Outlook

  • IO-link Wired

  • IO-link Wireless

IO-Link Component Outlook

  • IO-link Master

  • IO-link Devices

  • Sensor Nodes

  • Modules

  • Actuators

  • RFID Read Heads

  • Others

IO-Link Application Outlook

  • Machine Tool

  • Handling & Assembly Automation

  • Intralogistics

  • Packaging

IO-Link Industry Vertical Outlook

  • Oil & Gas

  • Energy & Power

  • Automotive

  • Aerospace & Defense

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Food & Beverages

  • Chemicals

  • Others

IO-Link Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • U.S.

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

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