GVR Report cover Industrial Boilers Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Industrial Boilers Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Paper & Pulp, Food & Beverage, Metals & Mining), By Fuel, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-819-0
  • Number of Pages: 150
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global industrial boilers market size was valued at USD 13.6 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.0% from 2021 to 2028. Rapid industrialization and the growing food and beverage industry are expected to drive the global market over the forecast period. Moreover, stringent laws to regulate harmful emissions in the environment will boost the adoption of these systems boosting the demand for industrial boilers over the coming years.

U.S. industrial boilers market size, by application, 2017 - 2028 (USD Million)

Industrial boilers are used by multiple industries including food and beverage, petrochemical, power, and chemical. Boilers produce steam which is then used to carry out heating processes. The steam produced is transferred to the area of operation through pipes. In order to produce the steam, boilers use different types of fuels including oil and gas, fossil, non-fossil, and biomass.

The U.S. accounted for the second-largest market share in 2020. High disposable income coupled with increasing population has boosted the growth of numerous industries including food and beverages, textile, and FMCG. In order to fulfill the increased demand, companies are not only expanding their existing manufacturing units but also setting up new industrial plants thereby boosting the demand for industrial boilers over the coming years.

Rapidly growing petrochemical and chemical industries in developing economies including India and China are anticipated to boost demand for industrial boilers. The demand is expected to rise further owing to growing investment to develop mega power projects across the globe. These vessels are widely used in chemical and petrochemical industries which account for the highest market share of industrial boilers in the application segment.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that new boiler rules are expected to prevent environmental emissions at a large scale. More than 88% of the major source boilers can meet emission standards via annual tune-ups, however, the remaining 12.0% would need refurbishing or replacement to minimize toxic emissions, which are anticipated to create opportunities for manufacturers over the forecast period.

Various problems related to manufacturing are exposed gradually as the development of the product takes place. Major issues witnessed during the manufacturing of these systems include the problems associated with materials, deformation, stress corrosion, welding issues, and hydrogen embrittlement. If the product design fails to cater to the basic functioning, then the whole manufacturing process fails to meet the company’s requirements and goals.

Application Insights

In 2020, the chemicals and petrochemicals application segment dominated the market for industrial boilers and accounted for the largest revenue share of 34.2%. The segment is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. These vessels are widely used by numerous industries for heating processes. The technology used has been constantly evolving according to the requirements. These boilers are designed to comply with the emission standards set by EPA.

The steam supplied by industrial boilers in distilleries provides a consistent, mild temperature conducive for successful fermentation, maintenance, and vessel heating. Low-pressure boilers are used for craft distilling due to their ability to provide sufficient energy for the process; however, high-pressure aids in reducing heat loss caused due to the long distances between the boiler and distillery equipment.

Custom boilers with unfired and fired vessels are used in petrochemical plants and petroleum refineries. Large boilers are used in the chemical industry to ensure adequate electricity and heat supply during chemical processing. Chemical manufacturers usually prefer natural gas to fire the boilers, along with the use of other chemical byproducts as fuel such as vent gases and hydrogen.

Co-firing of biomass and coal boilers is frequently used in chemical plants. Furthermore, the boilers in the petroleum refining industry are fired with the help of byproduct fuel, including coke and refinery gas. The demand for large boilers in the metals industry is more focused on steel mills, where these boilers are used to produce steam for blast furnace fans, machine drives, and turbine-driven equipment.

Fuel Insights

The oil and gas segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 37.0% in 2020. The fossil fuel segment accounted for a significant market share in terms of revenue in 2020. Fossil fuels are widely used in these systems. These fuels produce a high amount of harmful gases including carbon monoxide. Industrial boiler manufacturers are constantly modifying their products to meet the national emission standards, thereby driving the market.

Global industrial boilers market share, by fuel, 2020 (%)

Based on fuel, the market for industrial boilers has been segmented into oil and gas, fossil, non-fossil, and biomass. Different types of fuels are used by these vessels in order to produce steam to carry out industrial processes. Fossil fuel includes natural fuels including coal, bitumen, tar sands among others whereas non-fossil fuels include fuels that are not naturally available including solar and wind.

Bagasse is also used as boiler fuel, which is a byproduct of processing sugarcane or sorghum stalks. It has a high heating value ranging from 8,000 to 9,000 Btu/lb. The biomass fuel segment is expected to witness a moderate growth rate during the forecast period owing to strict regulations regarding harmful emissions in the atmosphere. The biomass fuel releases low harmful gases in the environment, which is expected to boost its demand as fuel for these systems.

Increasing demand for biodegradable and environmentally friendly packaging products, higher demand for packaging, and the expanding e-commerce sector are expected to impact the growth of the pulp and paper industry positively. Thus, the growth in the industries mentioned above is likely to drive the demand for medium-capacity industrial boilers.

Regional Insights

Europe dominated the market for industrial boilers and accounted for the largest revenue share of 34.1% in 2020. The region is expected to dominate the industry on account of several factors including rapid industrialization coupled with growing industries including FMCG, food and beverage, and power industry. Moreover, strict regulations by the European government about harmful emissions in the environment are expected to boost the demand for industrial boilers.

In Central and South America, the market is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 3.0% over the forecast period owing to increasing industrialization. In addition, the growing food and beverage industry is likely to boost the demand for industrial boilers in developing economies, especially Brazil. In Central and South America, the industrial boilers market is expected to account for a revenue share of 6.7% by 2028.

In India, the market is expected to grow fast during the forecast period. Rapid industrialization in the country has resulted in growing investments in numerous sectors including automotive, agribusiness, oil and gas, and renewable energy. Increasing demand for environmentally friendly and biodegradable packaging products and the expanding e-commerce sector is expected to boost the market growth in the country over the coming years.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is mature and governed by a large number of regional and global players. Companies such as Babcock and Wilcox, Parker Boiler, and Hurst Boiler have a strong regional presence and usually sell their products directly to the end-users. However, a significant number of companies rely on equipment dealers and brokers as they understand the industry and know what’s in demand and where. Some of the prominent players in the industrial boilers market include:

  • Thermax Ltd.

  • Siemens AG

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.

  • Forbes Marshall

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

  • Harbin Electric Corporation

  • Cheema Boilers Limited

  • IHI Corporation

  • AC Boilers

  • Dongfang Electric Corporation Ltd.

Industrial Boilers Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 13.9 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 20.1 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.0% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Fuel, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Italy; Russia; France; Spain; U.K.; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Brazil; UAE; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Thermax Ltd.; Siemens AG; Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.; Forbes Marshall; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Harbin Electric Corporation; Cheema Boilers Limited; IHI Corporation; AC Boilers; Dongfang Electric Corporation Ltd.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global industrial boilers market on the basis of fuel, application, and region:

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Chemicals & Petrochemicals

    • Paper & Pulp

    • Food & Beverages

    • Metals & Mining

    • Others

  • Fuel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Oil & Gas

    • Fossil

    • Non-Fossil

    • Biomass

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • France

      • U.K.

      • Russia

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • South Korea

      • Japan

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

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