New research from Drone Industry Insights lists the world’s top drone manufacturers of 2021.
The DRONEII Report assesses more than 500 global drone manufacturing companies. From there, writes DRONEII Market Research Analyst Zahra Lotfi, manufacturers “are further classified into the Top 40 commercial drone manufacturers and the Top 20 dual-use drone manufacturers (drones for commercial and governmental use).”
“This year in addition to the global ranking, we introduced the Top 10 best drone manufacturers in different regions. The report also includes a comprehensive database of 500+ drone manufacturers with company information (not ranked).”
The leaders in the commercial space offer some surprises. #1 is the dominant global leader DJI: no surprise to anyone familiar with reports that place DJI’s market share at anywhere from 65% to 85% or greater.
With ramped up competition all around the world, the #2 position may have been a closer race. Parrot, however, has been in the game for a long time: and with recent innovative releases including the ANAFI Ai, they’ve made it to the second spot. “Despite difficult years with staff layoffs and continued sales declines, Parrot Drones, as part of the Parrot Group, remains one of the world’s most prominent drone manufacturers,” Lotfi writes. “Like many other manufacturers, Parrot is using the opportunity in the U.S. to offer their products to governmental entities (like the U.S. Army or the Defences Innovation Unit) to replace DJI products.”
The third place may be a surprise to those outside of the agricultural sector. Chinese company Xag focuses on precision ag and crop spraying drones. “They started to develop crop-dusting drones in 2013, and by now they own more than half of China’s market for agricultural drones,” writes Lotfi.
Today, Xag announced that they were launching their V40 and P40 Agricultural Drones globally: “bringing digital agriculture into more rural areas with aging population and weak infrastructure,” says the release. “The XAG V40 and P40 are fully autonomous drones that can conduct mapping, spraying, and broadcast on farm. They are designed in supporting farmers’ transition to climate smart practices, driving greater growth with lower carbon footprints and less agrochemical.”
Where are these leading players located? China’s manufacturing power is still on top, with 11 of the top 40 drone manufacturers on the list. The U.S., however, is rising in the dual-use sector, where military and commercial technology merge: and leads the North American market. In the Middle East, Israel dominates: and in South America, Brazil takes first place.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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