3 min. Earlier this month the thermal imagery manufacturer FLIR bought the UAV developer Aeryon Labs for $200 million, beating their previous record in publicly disclosed drone investments of $134M.
6 min. Drone service providers have been around for a while now – time to showcase the scale on which drones are being put to work today! The commercial drone market changed a lot over the last years – we saw how hardware lost its leading position and has been displaced by drone services and drone software solutions. This development can be seen in the evolutionary changes in the investment market and in the distribution of strategic partnerships.
5 min. Old and new leader of the drone company ranking is DJI (▷1). The Chinese platform manufacturer remains expanding both company portfolio and market presence. Toy manufacturer Parrot (▷2) defends rank two with solid distance to the newcomer Xiaomi on rank three.
3 min. There is a new leader of the TOP20 Drone Company Ranking – DJI (△+1) is in the lead with narrow margin to Parrot (▽-1). The eternal battle of the two giants for the first time turned towards the Chinese drone manufacturer.
3 min. Besides several startups, a few operator firms came up with innovative concepts that seem to pay off. Between 2012 and 2014, $6.3 million were invested into professional operator companies. In 2015, the number increased by 700% to $44.3 million.
3 min. Today, nobody doubts the monopoly position of the Chinese drone manufacturer DJI when it comes to the number of certified drones.
3 min. Besides the startups that we noted last week, there are of course many mature drone companies out there. About a year ago, some of them left the start-up phase to grow into a fast developing market. Undoubtedly, to be among the best you need a lot of money from people who believe in your vision.
2 min. Over the next three weeks, we will introduce you to the most successful hardware and software startups, mature drone companies and the latest market M&A activity.
3 min. We expanded our drone manufacturer ranking to an industry company ranking to give a better insight and to show all current players in the commercial drone market. This extended ranking reveals components and system manufacturer as well as software-suppliers in addition to the drone-platforms.
2 min. We all know that more and more drones are flying over our heads. But what type is it exactly? In the last month we saw another massive increase in registered UAV’s (by 333 exemption). By the end of Q2 2015 700+ operator were approved by the FAA. Now, three months later, there are more than 1700 (260% increase) and the market demand is still higher than the current capacities.