GVR Report cover Sulfur Hexafluoride Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Sulfur Hexafluoride Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Electronic, UHP, Standard), By Application (Power & Energy, Medical, Manufacturing), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-309-6
  • Number of Pages: 85
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Report Overview

The global sulfur hexafluoride market size to be valued at USD 309.8 million by 2025 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.0% during the forecast period. The market is projected to witness significant growth over the next seven years owing to its rising demand as a dielectric medium for electrical & electronic appliances. Sulfur hexafluoride is extensively used in the medical industry for non-invasive surgeries. It is utilized in echocardiogram to determine & examine the exact location & cause of the ailment. Also, growing product demand in the power and energy industry for the manufacturing of high voltage transformers, switchgear, and circuit breakers will bolster the market growth.

Sulfur Hexafluoride Market size, by product

The raw materials required for the manufacturing of sulfur hexafluoride include sulfur, fluorine, bromine, and cobalt (III) fluoride. The production and supply costs of these raw materials are very high since their manufacturing process is extremely complex. Besides, the handling cost of the raw materials is high owing to their hazardous nature. As a result, the high cost of raw materials has given rise to stiff competition between suppliers.

Manufacturers of sulfur hexafluoride have been adopting various strategies, such as new product development, joint ventures, partnerships, collaborations, and agreements to increase their market penetration and cater to the changing technological requirements for different end-use applications.

The Asia Pacific has witnessed comparatively less fluctuation in the sulfur hexafluoride pricing as compared to other regions. This trend is observed due to bulk manufacturing by the local industry participants to match the growing demand from developing nations. However, the increasing export of SF6 is expected to augment product prices over the forecast period.

The government regulations for the use of sulfur hexafluoride in the European region have restricted the production and supply of the product. These initiatives have affected the market negatively resulting in low production volumes by the manufacturers. However, few of the companies are still producing SF6 which has increased the product price significantly.

Sulfur Hexafluoride Market Trends

 Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is utilized in non-invasive operations and echocardiograms to examine and diagnose the actual cause and place of disease. The healthcare sector is expanding as a result of the spread of lifestyle and chronic illness in industrialized countries. Higher-income, government expenditure on healthcare, and expanding population are driving the expansion of healthcare industry in emerging nations thereby increasing the demand for sulfur hexafluoride.

Globally, the demand for electronics and power sectors is gaining huge traction. The consumer goods, computer, and telecommunications sectors witnessed a significant expansion in recent years. Over the projected period, demand for electronic and electric products such as solar semiconductors, panels, power equipment, and switchgear is predicted to rise thereby increasing demand for sulfur hexafluoride.

The expansion of energy infrastructure via respective governments in various developing nations is also related to the rise of the market. Sulfur hexafluoride is harmful to the environment since it contributes to the global warming. Even though the insolubility of sulfur hexafluoride is less harmful to the environment, it is expected to be the key constraint on global sulfur hexafluoride demand in the forecast.

Companies participating in the global market are expanding their product ranges and distribution networks. In addition, market strategies such as joint ventures, collaborations, new product development, partnerships, and agreements, are expected to generate growth possibilities for the leading product companies in the overall market in the forecast period.

Product Insights

Standard grade sulfur hexafluoride dominated the global product demand in 2018, accounting for 85.2% of the total revenue share. Increasing demand for standard grade of the product in the manufacturing of high-voltage circuit breakers, which are used for power & energy generation purposes is likely to complement market growth.

Electronic grade sulfur hexafluoride is used for manufacturing semiconductors, particle accelerators, and integrated circuits. Moreover, it is also used as a chamber cleaning gas in the semiconductor industry. SF6 gas generates an optimum amount of F radicals to remove Si-based layers from plasma chamber walls, thereby driving the demand for electronic grade sulfur hexafluoride.

Sulfur hexafluoride finds application as an etching gas in MEMS and flat-panel production due to its large molecule size and high density. The high reactivity and energy of SF6 ions provide an enhanced etching rate. As a result, the demand for SF6 in these applications is expected to witness growth over the forecast period.

UHP grade sulfur hexafluoride is majorly used in the manufacturing of electronic appliances and non-invasive medical surgeries. UHP grade is the purest form of sulfur hexafluoride with no contamination, which is a prerequisite in the medical sector to ensure the safety of patients. It is also employed in the medical sector to examine various medical conditions, such as tumors, uterine fibroids, and adenomyosis driving its demand in medical applications.

Application Insights

Power & energy application held the largest sulfur hexafluoride market share in 2018 and this trend is estimated to continue over the forecast period. Sulfur hexafluoride is used to manufacture high-voltage circuit breakers, switchgear, and Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), which are utilized in power & energy generation plants, which are the major drivers for the product in power & energy industry.

Sulfur Hexafluoride Market share, by application

SF6 acts as insulation in super-voltage generators present in particle and electron accelerators for property enhancement of polymeric materials. Moreover, sulfur hexafluoride is used for manufacturing circuit breakers that are utilized in power generation & distribution stations since it prevents the flow of electric currents caused by the tripping of a protective relay.

The medical segment is anticipated to attain the fastest industry growth with a 7.0% CAGR over the forecast timeframe. Sulfur hexafluoride is extensively used in the medical field for assistance during surgeries. The chemically stable gas acts as a plug during retinal detachment surgeries. It eases the detection of deformities by increasing the visibility of blood vessels during ultrasound imaging.

Sulfur hexafluoride is used in foundry and metal casting applications of magnesium and aluminum. It prevents the formation of harmful by-products in magnesium casting and used as a degassing agent in aluminum casting. The gas reduces molten metal waste by preventing rapid oxidation of metals when they come in contact with the air. This helps the manufacturers in minimizing their production costs driving the product demand in metal casting.

Regional Insights

Central & South America (CSA) is anticipated to witness a high growth rate of 7.8% CAGR over the forecast period on account of increasing manufacturing activities in the region. Infrastructural growth along with rapid urbanization is triggering the demand for electrical equipment which in turn is boosting the demand for sulfur hexafluoride.

Sulfur Hexafluoride Market Trends by Region

Macroeconomic factors in the Asia Pacific including rising disposable income, expanding middle-class population, changing demographics, rising education levels, and rapid urbanization are escalating electrical and electronics industry growth in the region. This is likely to drive the demand for SF6 as it is widely used in the electronics industry.

Europe was the second-largest market and accounted for 27.2% in 2018. The established chemical industry in the European region and the presence of mature players is anticipated to sustain the sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) market growth. Stringent government regulations regarding the production and supply of sulfur hexafluoride in the European region have resulted in low production volumes.

North America region is subjected to multiple stringent regulations about the use and handling of sulfur hexafluoride. Various organizations including OSHA, NIOSH, Compressed Gas Association, and the U.S. EPA have established standards for this purpose. International Magnesium Association (IMA) has laid down guidelines for the emission of sulfur hexafluoride since the gas is extensively utilized in the production of magnesium across the globe.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Companies such as Advanced Specialty Gases; Honeywell International; Showa Denko K.K and Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.; are involved in the production of the gas. Distributors including Air Products and Chemicals, Inc, Air Liquide S.A.; and Praxair Technology, Inc.; supply SF6 to consumer companies.

Industry participants have integrated their operations across the value chain by manufacturing and distributing these gases, which enable these companies to reduce their costs of third-party operations such as distribution. The major players are investing in R&D to come up with advanced cost-effective manufacturing techniques.

Recent Developments

  • In Nov 2021, DUAL-ADE inc., a Canadian producer of custom-designed switches, and nuventura GmbH, a German research center creating next-generation Gasoline Insulated Switchgear (GIS) technology, have announced a collaboration agreement. The collaboration will allow DUAL-ADE to deliver a novel SF6-free medium voltage GIS, branded GasuoTM, to help North American utilities accomplish their energy transition goals more reliably.

  • In Aug 2021, KNW announced the closing of its acquisition of Solvay Korea.  Through the acquisition, KNW has secured companies in fluorine (F2) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). Solvay's Korean branch supplies the chemicals to international foundry businesses.

  • In April 2021, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd and GE Renewable Power's Grid Solution declared a cross-licensing, non-exclusive partnership for the use of a substitute gas to SF6 in high-voltage power transmission lines. This fluoronitrile-based gas combination has a much lower effect on the surroundings than SF6.

Sulfur Hexafluoride Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 309.8 million

Growth rate

CAGR of 6.0% from 2019 to 2025

Base year for estimation

2018

Historical data

2014 - 2018

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, China, India, Japan, Brazil

Key companies profiled

Advanced Specialty Gases; Honeywell International; Showa Denko K.K Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.

Customization scope

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Global Sulfur Hexafluoride Market Segmentation

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at global and regional levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the sulfur hexafluoride market based on product, application, and region:

Global Sulfur Hexafluoride Market Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand; 2014 - 2025)

    • Electronic Grade

    • UHP Grade

    • Standard Grade

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand; 2014 - 2025)

    • Power & Energy

    • Medical

    • Metal Manufacturing

    • Electronics

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • The Middle East & Africa

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