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The World Market for Vortex Flowmeters, 4th Edition - published July 2010 

Flowmeter User Survey

For more information: jesse@flowresearch.com 

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Flow Research has completed a new market study, The World Market for Vortex Flowmeters, 4th Edition. It was previously published in 2001,  2003, and 2006.  The 2006 edition of the study included the segmentation contained in earlier versions, and also introduced new segmentation.  We plan go build on this segmentation in the 4th edition study. A lot of important developments have occurred in the vortex flowmeter market in the past several years. This study takes these developments into account, and provides a completely updated look at the worldwide vortex flowmeter market.

One exciting new development is the formulation of a standard for the use of vortex flowmeters in custody transfer applications. This standard was approved by the American Petroleum Institute (API) in January 2007, as a result of expressed needs by manufacturers and end-users alike. In this study, we expect to determine the impact this standard is having on the vortex flowmeter market. This is just one of the many dynamic changes that are occurring in this fast-changing market.



This study includes market size in dollars and units for vortex flowmeters worldwide and by geographic region.  It reveals market shares by geographic region.  It says what industries vortex flowmeters are sold into.  The study also includes other important segmentation, including:

  • Multivariable vs. single variable

  • Smart vs. conventional

  • Wafer vs. flanged vs. insertion

  • Gas vs. liquid vs. steam

  • Line sizes (from <1 inch to > 12 inches)

  • Industry (including semiconductor)

  • Type of Communication Protocol (Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, HART, etc.)

  • Sales Channel (Direct vs. Independent Reps vs. Distributors vs. E-Business)

  • Customer Type (End-users vs. OEMs vs. Systems Integrators vs. Engineers/Consultants

Goals of Study


One main goal of this study was to determine the size of the vortex flowmeter market worldwide in 2005.  Even though growth from 2000 to 2002 was slow, there are signs that the vortex flowmeter market has broken out of its slump.  If true, it will be good news for vortex flowmeter suppliers and users alike.


One important issue is the role of multivariable flowmeters in the vortex market.  This study seeks to determine if this technology is gaining traction, or if it is stuck in neutral.  It is a good sign that several new suppliers have introduced vortex flowmeters.  This is likely to give a push to multivariable vortex technology.


This study also examines the role of vortex flowmeters in gas flow measurement, and the role of industry approvals.  The lack of industry approvals is one factor that has prevented the vortex flowmeter market from growing as rapidly as the ultrasonic and Coriolis markets.  There are signs that this is changing, and that vortex flowmeters will gain the approvals they previously lacked. This study examines the effect of industry approvals on the vortex flowmeter market.

Flow Research has completed a series of eleven studies that include all types of flowmeters.  Information about these studies is at http://www.flowresearch.com/flow.htm.  This study should be of special interest to any manufacturer of vortex flowmeters, and to users and specifiers of vortex flowmeters.


To order this study, which is currently available, contact Flow Research by email at  jesse@flowresearch.com, or call Flow Research at 781-245-3200. In the United States, call toll free at (800) 245-1799. Or, use our handy order form above. 

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