The global oil-free air compressors market is expected to witness rapid growth over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the technological proliferation and the expansion of the manufacturing sector, where compressors are used. An air compressor converts low pressure air to high pressure air using the positive displacement from a piston-cylinder mechanism. Oil is required for cooling and lubrication in an air compressor. However, certain critical applications and industries such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, electronics, and textiles require 100% oil-free compressors and cannot afford the risk of oil contamination. Oil-free compressors compress air through the action of screws, without the assistance of an oil seal. Such compressors usually have lower discharge pressure capabilities. However, with multi-stage oil-free compressors that use several sets of screws for air compression, pressures of over 150 PSI can be achieved, and outputs are as good as oil-flooded compressors. Rapid industrialization and growth across food processing, medical research, and semiconductor manufacturing sectors have spurred the demand for the global oil-free air compressors market.
Oil-free air compressors are classified on the basis of their operations, capacities or outputs, and applications. They mainly comprise of rotary screw, centrifugal, tooth, piston, and scroll compressors. In addition, the oil-free air compressors are categorized on the basis of its output discharge and the pressure they can deliver. The compressors are used in several applications including transport and logistics that require low-pressure and oil-free air. In electronics and textiles industry, air with the presence of oil particles can result in high rejection rates and returns, production downtime, and cleanup that involve costs and eventually may hamper the profitability of the oil-free air compressors market. Oil-free air provides several benefits over the aforementioned issues as their components, filter & cartridges; rubber elements, and desiccant material are clean and oil-free. Hence, these compressors are not required to deal with waste oil, which eventually leads to huge environmental benefits. However, rise in the cost of raw materials is expected to hinder the oil-free air compressors market growth.
North America and Europe are expected to emerge as the most dominant regional markets owing to industrialization. Industrial hubs such as the U.S., Europe, and China draw a major portion of demand for the oil-free air compressors market. In addition, countries such as Brazil, Russia, and India are estimated to witness considerable demand for oil-free air compressors over the forecast period. Oil-free compressors have garnered importance owing to increased awareness pertaining to environmental harmony exhibited by governments across the world, which has led them to regulate and ensure improved air quality. End-user industries keep pace by equipping their machines with oil-free air compressors in order to comply with the industry standards put forth by International Organization for Standardization, which defines the oil concentration levels in compressed air.
The key participants in the global oil-free air compressors market are Atlas Copco, BOGE, Chicago Pneumatic, FS-Elliot, Gardner Denver, GE Oil & Gas, Hitachi, Ingersoll Rand, Kaishan Group, Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Ltd., Kobelco, Pneumatech, Shanghai Feihe Industrial Group Co., Shanghai Hanbell Precise Machinery, Sullivan Pllatek, and Wuxi Compressor Ltd.
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