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Developments in Motion Positioning Stages Align with Requirements of Industry 4.0

Motion positioning stages are highly critical for efficient machinery movement. As the industrial sector continues to experience waves of innovations and new developments, progress in motion positioning stages has played an important role in revolutionizing modern-day manufacturing processes. In addition, owing to significant advancements in technology, key participants in the motion positioning stages market are expected to fulfil evolving requirements of the industrial sector, which include high precision and enhanced productivity. Modern-day industrial applications require faster and finer motion control enabled by advanced motion control technologies. The growing need for highly precise motion control stages in an array of applications, including laser cutting, industrial automation, biotechnology, and research, among others, is expected to create significant demand for motion positioning stages during the forecast period (2019-2027).

With the advent of Industry 4.0, the industrial sector is shifting gears and leaning toward automated systems. Industrial automation has gained fast-paced adoption in the past few years and the trend is set to continue in the coming years. In their bid to gain a competitive edge, stakeholders in the current motion positioning stages market are increasingly focused on the development of power/energy-efficient products. The tectonic shift toward industrial automation is likely to provide an array of opportunities for key operators in the global motion positioning stages market, which is expected to reach a value of ~US$ 989 Mn by the end of 2027.

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Emphasis on Efficiency Expected to Increase Adoption in Multiple Applications

Due to technological developments, linear motors have evolved at a consistent pace in the past few decades, and offer greater accuracy and speed range. As linear motors continue to evolve, linear-motor applications are also evolving. With a growing focus on efficiency, at present, new applications of linear motors on axis have emerged, including automotive, material handlings, packaging, general automation, and off-highway, among others. Higher efficiency levels can be achieved with linear motors, owing to its direct-drive nature coupled with precise and faster strokes. Advanced linear motors with improved linear-motor designs integrated with new technologies are replacing other linear-motion alternatives.

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As per the findings of the research conducted by Transparency Market Research, the demand for linear stage motion positioning stages is expected to remain higher than that of rotary stages and goniometer motion positioning stages during the assessment period. The growing demand for linear stage motion positioning stages for industrial automation is anticipated to drive the growth of this segment during the forecast period. In the current scenario, a host of industrial applications is increasingly reliant on precise, accurate, and fast movement of machines. In addition, linear stage motors also fulfil the low maintenance and highly dynamic requirements of modern-day factories. The motion positioning stages market is likely to be primarily driven by new technologies that will lead to improvements in production processes. Current trends indicate a steady shift toward faster, smarter, and downsized motion control and positioning equipment.

Laser Industry Leveraging Benefits of Advanced Motion Positioning Stages

The demand for ball screws and powerful servomotors has gained considerable pace, particularly in high-force applications. As ball screw rails can be easily lubricated by end users, the demand for the same is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The adoption of motion position stages such as ball-screws is on the rise, as machine manufacturers in the laser industry are continually finding ways to improve resistance and tolerance to extremely hot particulates. In addition, for design engineers in the laser industry who regard ease of installation as a critical criterion, the adoption of new-generation linear stages is expected to witness substantial growth, particularly for seamless alignment and placement on the machine base. Stakeholders in the current motion positioning stages market are increasingly focused on the development of new linear stages that are suitable for industrial applications.

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Analysts’ Viewpoint

The global motion positioning stages market is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR of ~6% during the forecast period. One of the major factors that will drive the motion positioning stages market growth includes ascending demand for accurate motion control solutions for a range of applications, including laser cutting, factory automation, and biotechnology. Industrial automation will provide stakeholders with abundant growth opportunities in the coming years, as increasingly number of factories around the world are leaning toward automated systems to enhance productivity and efficiency. Linear stage motion positioning stages will retain their popularity over other motion types, including rotational and goniometer stages. Stakeholders in the motion positioning stages market should focus on improving the functionalities of their product offerings and ensure they fulfil evolving industrial requirements.  

Motion Positioning Stages Market: Overview

  • According to Transparency Market Research’s latest research report on the global motion positioning stages market for the historical period 2017, base year 2018, and the forecast period 2019–2027, industrial demand for accurate motion control solutions and rising degree of miniaturization in various fields of applications are likely to fuel the global motion positioning stages market during the forecast period
  • In terms of revenue, the global motion positioning stages market is estimated to reach value of ~US$ 989 Mn by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of ~6% during the forecast period 

Industry Demand for Accurate Motion Control Solutions: A Key Driver

  • Over the past few years, a growing number of end-use industries are trying to push their product output and accuracies to unprecedented levels that was out of scope a few years ago. Manufacturers from various industry verticals such as medical, semiconductor, and optics, are engaged in development of customized products and solutions for their customers and are seeking competitive advantage in the market.
  • Manufacturers of positioning stages are continuously upgrading their offerings with latest technology to fulfill needs of their customers. Furthermore, applications in advanced research, life sciences, and physics, among others are increasingly demanding small, high-precision motion components.
  • For instance, the semiconductor industry faces challenges as products become smaller, more power efficient, and highly mobile. A growing need for tighter process measurement and control is mainly driven by ultra-thin layers, smaller critical dimensions, new materials, 3D structures, and the need for higher yield and productivity.
  • Furthermore, in the medical industry, demand for products are highly sensitive in terms of product specifications, and the products need to meet the specific application requirement. The application of motion control solutions in the medical industry includes ionic prosthetics, transplanted mechanical valves, and air pumps for respiratory use.
  • These growing needs from various industry verticals are met by advanced and accurate motion control solutions. Motion positioning stages are an integral part of motion control solutions. Thus, the growing need for accurate motion control solutions is expected to fuel the market growth of motion positioning stages in the coming years. 

Rising Degree of Miniaturization in Various Fields of Applications: Latest Trend in Motion Positioning Stages Market

  • Over the past few years, various end-use industries are increasingly embracing the concept of miniaturization in the design of their products. The manufacturing of materials on molecular or even atomic level is slowly gaining traction in the semiconductor industry. However, manufacturers face the challenge of delivering high quality products while maintaining their performance at small scales.
  • For instance, the trend in the medical industry is to shift to miniaturization. Hence, demand for smaller yet more effective products which benefit the patient and medical professionals alike is set to increase. This can be attributed to the rising prevalence of invasive procedures and other technology driven advancements.
    • For instance PI USA, based in North America is a manufacturer of precision motion systems, such as “compact and miniaturized positioning stages” that are crucial for the miniaturization process in most advanced stages in the development of research and industrial applications, for test & measurement, optical and opto-mechanical alignment, and component assembly
  • Furthermore, many end-use industries are realizing the importance of efficiency, logistics, and material reductions in manufacturing of the product and hence miniaturization is expected to continue to be a paradigm shift in advanced manufacturing
  • The manufacturing of products at nano scale is made possible with the help of high precision and advanced automation solutions, which includes the use of motion control solutions. Motion positioning systems, being an integral part of motion solutions are expected to witness healthy growth in the coming years, due to the growing degree of miniaturization.

Lack of Skilled Personnel and High Capital Investments a Major Challenge for Motion Positioning Stages Market

  • While advancements in automation technologies is eliminating the need for repetitive work, it requires a skilled workforce for its optimal installation and maintenance. Additionally, skilled personnel is required for supporting data analytics and other automated processes associated with advanced automation technologies.
  • Automation could be used in multiple processes in industries for enhanced performance. However, the installation of high scale automation devices, which includes motion control solutions entails the need for significant capital. This is not always feasible for small-scale companies, which have a prominent share in the market.
  • The high cost of motion control solutions and the lack of skilled labor for optimal functioning of systems in motion control and automation processes might hamper the growth of the motion control market. This is expected to indirectly impact the motion positioning stages market, as it is a significant part of motion control systems.
  • The lack of skilled workers and high capital investment needed is anticipated to have a medium impact on the global motion positioning stages market

 Motion Positioning Stages Market: Competition Landscape

  • Detailed profiles of providers of motion positioning stages have been provided in the report to evaluate their financials, key product offerings, recent developments, and strategies
  • Key players operating in the motion positioning stages market are
    • Aerotech Inc.
    • Dover Motion
    • Edmund Optics, Ltd.
    • Misumi USA, Inc.
    • Newport Corporation
    • Optimal Engineering Systems Inc.
    • OWIS GmbH
    • Parker Hannifin Corp
    • Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG.
    • STANDA Ltd.
    • Thorlabs, Inc.
    • OptoSigma Corporation

Motion Positioning Stages Market: Key Developments

  • Key providers of motion positioning stages such as Dover Motion, and Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. are focusing on acquisitions and development of innovative products to offer a diversified range of products and win more customers. Some other key developments in the global motion positioning stages market are:
    • In June 2018, Dover Motion launched a new low-cost alternative to Piezo Stages. The DOF-5 designed for automated microscope objectives, focuses on applications such as next generation sequencing (NGS), digital cell morphology, and automated digital pathology. The features of DOF-5 such as greater travel (>5 mm) performance improvements over Piezo Stages enable product developers to achieve product performance gains and lower product cost.
    • Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. focuses on some of its featured products to strengthen its product line. The company has designed motorized vertical single-axis stages having load capacity of 7 Kg, made from aluminum alloy, with maximum speed of 6.25 mm / sec. The product comes in precision grade and normal grade.
  • In the report on the motion positioning stages market, we have discussed individual strategies, followed by company profiles of providers of motion positioning stages. The ‘Competition Landscape’ section has been included in the report to provide readers with a dashboard view and company market share analysis of key players operating in the global motion positioning stages market.

Motion Positioning Stages Market – Scope of the Report

A new study of the global motion positioning stages market was published by Transparency Market Research (TMR). It presents detailed information of key market dynamics, including market drivers, trends, and challenges for the global motion positioning stages market as well as its structure. TMR’s study offers valuable information on the global motion positioning stages market in order to illustrate how the market is expected to expand during the forecast period i.e. 2019–2027.

Key indicators of market growth, which include value chain analysis, supply chain analysis, and compound annual growth rate (CAGR) are elucidated in TMR’s study in a comprehensive manner. This data can help readers interpret the quantitative growth aspects of the global motion positioning stages market.

An extensive analysis of business strategies adopted by leading market players is also featured in TMR’s study of the global motion positioning stages market. This can help readers understand key factors responsible for growth of the global motion positioning stages market. In this study, readers can also find specific data on avenues for qualitative and quantitative growth of the global motion positioning stages market. This data would guide market players in making apt decisions in the near future.

Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Study on Motion Positioning Stages Market

  • What would be the Y-o-Y growth trend of the global motion positioning stages market between 2019 and 2027?
  • What is the influence of the changing trend in technologies on the global motion positioning stages market?
  • Would Asia Pacific continue to remain the most profitable regional market for providers of motion positioning stages in the next few years?
  • Which factors would hinder the global motion positioning stages market during the forecast period?
  • Which are the leading companies operating in the global motion positioning stages market?

Research Methodology

A unique research methodology is utilized by TMR to conduct comprehensive research on the global motion positioning stages market and arrive at conclusions on future growth prospects of the market. This research methodology is a combination of primary and secondary research, which helps analysts warrant the accuracy and reliability of the conclusions drawn.

Secondary research sources referred to by analysts during production of the report on the global motion positioning stages market include statistics from company annual reports, SEC filings, company websites, World Bank database, investor presentations, regulatory databases, government publications, and market white papers. Analysts have also interviewed senior managers, product portfolio managers, CEOs, VPs, and market intelligence managers, who have contributed to the production of TMR’s study on the global motion positioning stages market as a primary research source.

These primary and secondary sources provided exclusive information during interviews, which served as a validation from leading players operating in the global motion positioning stages market. Access to an extensive internal repository as well as external proprietary databases allowed this report to address specific details and questions about the global motion positioning stages market with accuracy. The study also uses a top-down approach to assess the numbers for each segment and a bottom-up approach to counter-validate them. This has helped in making TMR’s estimates on future prospects of the global motion positioning stages market more reliable and accurate.

Motion Positioning Stages Market – Segmentation

TMR’s study of the global motion positioning stages market, segments the market based on movement type, drive type, axis, bearing type, load capacity, motor type, application, and region. Changing market trends and other crucial market dynamics associated with these segments of the global motion positioning stages market have been discussed in detail in the report.

Movement Type




Drive Type


  • Screw
  • Direct


  • Screw
  • Direct


  • Screw
  • Direct



  • Single Axis
  • Multi-axis


  • Single Axis
  • Multi-axis


  • Single Axis
  • Multi-axis

Bearing Type


  • Air Bearing
  • Mechanical Bearing


  • Air Bearing
  • Mechanical Bearing


  • Air Bearing
  • Mechanical Bearing

Motor Type


  • Motorized
  • Manual


  • Motorized
  • Manual


  • Motorized
  • Manual

Load Capacity

0-20 Kg

21-50 Kg

51-100 Kg

101-140 Kg

Above 140 Kg



Laser Cutting


  • Oil & Gas
  • Power
  • Food & Beverages
  • Chemicals
  • Metals & Mining
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Automotive
  • Machine Manufacturing
  • Semiconductor &
  • Electronics
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Medical Devices


  • Optical Inspection
  • Testing Equipment
  • Measurement
  • Equipment
  • Others



North America


Asia Pacific

Middle East & Africa

South America

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