Switches are the electro mechanical devices which opens and closes contact to control the flow of current. A rocker switch is a subset of manually actuated switch is a subset of manually actuated switches, where the interface is an actuator (rocker), which rocks or pivots around the center point typically providing either two or three positions. In other words, when one side of the rocker switch is pressed, the other side rises, very much like a rocking horse or a seesaw. Rocker switches can be momentary or maintained (spring return or stay on or stay off) and can be mounted into a panel or pedant assembly. The rocker switches have wide application from household items such as power switches on the back of computer to heavy equipment controls, military field equipment and variety of harsh duty applications. The manufacturers of rocker switches are developing different types of waterproof rocker switches that are not only splash proof or resistant to the water but they are totally submersible. They be used where the normal switches can lead to the corrosiveness or operational problems. The waterproof rocker switches can operate in the most demanding harsh environments. The switches are ideal for tactical military applications such as gun sighting and night vision systems. Moreover they are also suitable for the outdoor power equipment, commercial appliances, automotive, machinery, and medical equipment. Often they are illuminated and offer some tactile indication of the on and off positions. There are two types of switches being made by the switch manufacturers that are single-pole waterproof rocker switches and multi-pole waterproof rocker switches. The single-pole rocker switch offers attractive actuator styling with multiple options. The manufacturers are now making waterproof rocker switches with an almost wafer thin wall-plate, although they are generally built to be mounted with the minimum of protrusion from the wall. There are also miniature rocker witches available in the market the chief advantage of these miniature versions is that they occupy considerably less space than the larger versions typically used in the U.K. and U.S.
There are several factor that are driving the growth of waterproof rocker switches market that are increasing demand of water proof switches in automobiles, military auto parts and machines and applications in marine industries. The restraint at this point of time for the market is the efficiency of these switches, they are to be replaced after some certain amount of switches while operations. The automobile industry and the underwater equipment manufacturers are the attractive opportunities for the waterproof rocker switches market.
The global waterproof rocker switches market is segmented on the basis of type, application, and region. On the basis of type, the market has been segmented into single-pole waterproof rocker switches and multi-pole waterproof rocker switches. On the basis of application, the waterproof rocker switches market has been segmented into home appliance, automotive, marine, aerospace military and others. The aerospace military and marine segments are the most attractive market for the waterproof rocker switches market.
In the region wise study, the global waterproof rocker switches market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. Asia Pacific which comprises China, India, South Korea, Australia and other rising economies captured significant market share followed by North America. Many of the European countries are pervasively using the rocker switches. Asia Pacific showed the fastest growth rate during the forecast period due continues developments in the switches. China represents huge potential for the rocker switches with the low cost of raw materials and huge production facilities in the country. However, The U.S is expected to exhibit high market growth over the forecast period owing to its technological advancement and high capital expenditure.
The global waterproof rocker switches market is highly fragmented with number of companies operating in the segment. Leading players are currently focusing on providing cost competitive products and acquiring small companies to gain market share. Some of the companies operating in waterproof rocker switches market are CK Components, Littelfuse, APEM (IDEC), Eaton, Carling Technologies, NKK Switches TAIWAY Electronics, HELLA, Oslo Switch Inc., Everel Group, OTTO Engineering, Marquardt Mechatronik, Innocent Electronics, Dongnan Electronics, Taclex Electronics, HUA-JIE, E-Switch, Inc. (Stein Industries), Shanghai Yongxing Electronic Switch, Daier Electron, Yih Sean Enterprise and others.
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