The global membrane air dryers market is expected to witness considerable growth over the forecast period. These air dryers provide several benefits such as lowering the dew point of air and removing contaminants that may negatively impact the air compressor. These membranes allow system to run more efficiently and prolong the system’s life by reducing rust and corrosion caused by contaminated air or air with high moisture content. Air that travels along the membrane is dry and clean. Therefore, it does not promote the growth of rust and helps mitigate corrosion, which is also expected to impel market demand over the next few years.
Global Membrane Air Dryers Market by application (USD Million), 2012 - 2020
Surging demand across several application areas and the growing need for clean and dry air in medical, food & beverage and manufacturing industries is expected to be a key driving force for the market over the next six years. Furthermore, increased adoption in order to improve operational efficiency of a system, and thereby reduce the maintenance cost is also expected to positively impact membrane air dryers market growth over the forecast period.
Membrane air dryers find usage across several application areas and form a very critical component of a compressed air system. This may be attributed to their ability to improve existing system effeiciency and help conserve energy. They also provide dry, clean and high-quality compressed air, and help lower the operating cost significantly. Membrane air dryers market is poised for growth as they are used across several applications owing to low operating cost and their ability to operate without electricity. In order to remain competitive, medical, food and electronic product manufacturers emphasize on meeting high air purity criteria, in light of increased quality awareness, technological advancements and focus on food safety. Therefore, production of clean air is a must and plays a critical role in achieving a clean work space, which is also expected to impel the membrane air dryer market demand over the next few years. Increasing penetration across the food & beverage sector is also expected to favorably impact membrane air dryers market growth. The presence of water vapor or moisture in compressed air or steam employed in food processing may lead to significant problems, thereby driving the market demand. The meat and dairy industry needs to comply with several hygiene requirements in food preparation areas, which provides avenues for market growth.
Membrane air dryers are categorized into porous and non-porous membranes. Porous membrane air dryers accounted for majority of the overall market share in 2013, and are expected to continue dominating the market over the forecast period. Porous membrane air dryers are preferred over non-porous owing to several benefits, including high-permeability and flexibility.
North America is expected to emerge as the dominant region, which may be attributed to growing demand in the telecommunication, medical and food & beverage sector. Standards and regulations governing the food processing sector, particularly in Europe and North America are expected to favorably impact the regional membrane air dryers market demand over the forecast period. For example, 3-A Sanitary Standards in collaboration with the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group and the U.S. Public Health Service, developed practices that define filtering systems for compressed air in contact with dairy products as well as culinary steam.
Leading players in the membrane air dryers market mainly focus on providing products to be used across customer specific applications; whereas a few manufacturers provide membrane air dryer integrated with an entire compressed air treatment system. Companies work in collaboration with customers to help them meet their project requirements. They provide technical assistance in early stages of design process, which is usually handled by a team of experts comprising engineers and project managers. Further, with technolgical advent companies provide protoypes of custom designs for testing and evaluation. For instance, BEKO technologies use 3D printing technology SolidWorks’ sytems to address protoyping requirements. A few key market players include Atlas Copco Corp, Donaldson Company Inc, Gardner Denver, Inc., Mikropor, Parker, Pentair, and Sullair.
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