GVR Report cover Welding Fume Extraction Equipment Market Report

Welding Fume Extraction Equipment Market Analysis, By Product (Mobile Units, Stationary Units, Large Centralized Systems), By Application (Arc Welding, Resistance Welding, Laser Beam Welding, Oxy-Fuel Welding), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-901-2
  • Number of Pages: 80
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global welding fume extraction equipment market size was estimated at USD 3.66 billion in 2016. Stringent environmental regulations for occupational exposure to the hazardous fumes generated during the welding process are expected to drive the global market growth over the forecast period.

Fume extraction equipment is used to control and mitigate smoke and toxic particulates generated during the process within the environment. Several processes emit a different amount of toxic substances with different concentrations. The concentration of toxic particulate depends upon the types of materials and technologies used. The equipment operators face serious hazardous risks from toxic substances which may result in various health issues such as chronic lung problems, Parkinson's disease, cancer of the larynx, and others.

U.S. welding fume extraction equipment market, by product, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

U.S. welding fume extraction equipment market

Welding fumes and gasses possess various health effects which can result in eyes, throat, nose irritation, nausea, and dizziness. In addition, prolonged exposure to toxic particulates may cause lung damages and various cancers which include larynx, lung, and urinary tract. Occupational exposure regulations are designed and have been imposed by various regulatory bodies to avoid health issues caused during the welding process. These regulatory bodies include OSHA PEL, REACH, Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Guidelines, ACGIH TLV, ISO 15011-4:2006, and others.

Welding applications differ according to scope, size, and other variables. Therefore, proper evaluation of multiple variables is necessary for the selection of the equipment. This leads to reducing downtime, product contamination, and provide a better working environment. In addition, the manufacturing of efficient fume extraction equipment has been a significant concern, especially in North America and Europe owing to recent occupational exposure health issues faced by the operators. Stringent regulations about the occupational exposure for operators are expected to significantly influence the global welding industry in the coming years which in turn is anticipated to increase the demand for fume extraction equipment.

The equipment is manufactured and supplied by various market players in different product types such as mobile units, stationary units, large centralized systems. The industry players either sell the equipment directly to consumers or supply through the distributors. The global market participants are continuously involved in the R&D process to manufacture efficient equipment that can capture and remove welding fumes from the surroundings.

Welding Fume Extraction Equipment Market Trends

Welding is a process of joining materials together by melting filler metal to form a strong joint. During welding, visible smoke is produced that contains metal fume and gas byproducts. The welding fumes & gases have severe health effects. Prolonged exposure to welding fume can cause various types of cancer such as larynx, urinary tract, and lung. Welding fume extraction equipment acts as an ideal solution to capture and remove fumes or dust generated during the welding process, thereby ensuring a healthy and safe working environment.

Stringent regulations by various regulatory authorities focusing on reducing the risks of exposure to hazardous fumes are also expected to drive the demand for welding fume extraction equipment over the forecast period. For instance, the OSHA in the U.S. has several safety and health regulations in place for cutting and welding when it involves welding with certain types of gas or metal. For instance, if a metal contains beryllium, the welding is required to be performed with both an airline respirator and a local fume extraction system.

Rising construction activities globally and rapid urbanization in emerging economies, including China, India, Brazil, as well as economies in the Middle East & Africa, are expected to drive the growth in the construction industry. Furthermore, rising disposable incomes and increased spending capacities are expected to increase construction spending, especially across developing countries. Thus, the growth in the construction industry is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth of welding fume extraction equipment.

The growing competition among welding fume extractor manufacturers to differentiate themselves has led to considerable innovation and the development of technologies to cater to specific end-use requirements. However, the manufacturers must comply with stringent health & safety regulations specified by OSHA and other regulatory authorities. These norms restrict the manufacturers’ ability to optimize the cost of welding fume extractors as they are obliged to meet the specific standards, which challenges the product pricing flexibility of the manufacturers.

The welding fume extraction equipment market is price sensitive on account of increasing competition from the manufacturers of low-cost products. The degree of fragmentation has been growing in the market because of rising pressure on the profit margins of the welding fume extraction equipment manufacturers across the globe. Also, there is increasing pressure from the end-user industries regarding compliance with various health and safety regulations, which majorly affects the demand price of welding fume extraction equipment.

Acceleration in adopting advanced welding processes and increasing domestic manufacturing are expected to boost the welding fume extraction equipment market growth. Moreover, technology advancements in advanced welding processes coupled with stringent safety regulations regarding occupational exposure are anticipated to augment the market growth.

Product Insights

Mobile unit emerged as the leading product segment and accounted for 42.2% of the total revenue share in 2016. Mobile units are small vacuum systems for capture and filtration of particulate fumes. Owing to its mobility and size, mobile units are suited for small manufacturing facilities that require light to medium duty welding fume extraction in various environments. The ability to absorb large-sized particles, coupled with growing demand from end-user industries are estimated to be the other key drivers in this welding fume extraction equipment market. Moreover, stringent regulations for the exposure limit of welders particularly in North America and Europe are further fueling the market growth.

The stationary unit which may include a wall-mounted small vacuum system is ideal for small operation space and with fixed workstations. This product segment accounted for the second-highest market share in the global market with revenue of USD 1,236.6 million in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 2,014.2 million by 2025. It can be used in various facilities such as general fabrication, training schools, job shops, maintenance departments, and others. Fume extraction equipment are extensively utilized by the Asia Pacific and North America owing to increasing demand from end-user industries, coupled with rising infrastructure development activities in the past few years.

Application Insights

The global demand for welding fume extraction equipment has witnessed a growth in demand due to rising health issues of the operators on account of toxic fumes and gasses. Arc welding emerged as the largest application segment and accounted for 38.8% of the total market revenue in 2016.

Global welding fume extraction equipment market, by application, 2016 (%)

Global welding fume extraction equipment market

Owing to toxic emissions in large amount and particulate generation during the process, fume extractors are extensively utilized in different welding applications. Arc welding application segment was estimated at USD 1,422.6 million in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 2,480.2 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period of 2017 and 2025.

China, India, and the U.S. are anticipated to account for the highest demand owing to infrastructural developments and industrialization activities in the coming years. In addition to that, stringent regulations in these markets along with Europe also contributing to the demand of the market and motivate foreign players to invest. Resistance welding emerged as the second-largest application segment in terms of revenue in 2016 and is projected to account for a share of 24.1% of the overall market in 2025.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific led the market and accounted for 36.4% share of global revenue in 2020. The growth is attributed to several factors including rapid urbanization and industrialization along with a growing population with increased disposable income. Moreover, increasing projects in various sectors such as manufacturing and construction are expected to drive market growth.

The welding fume extraction equipment market in China is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period due to the growing steel production and building activities along with the increasing investments in the advancing aerospace industry have led to the expansion of the welding sector, which is expected to increase demand for welding fume extraction equipment.

The North American welding fume extraction equipment market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% over the forecast period. As the welding industry integrates technological development, their significance has increased in terms of energy efficiency, environmental performance, quality, and productivity coupled with strict regulations for occupational exposure resulting in market growth.

Europe is focusing on boosting its exports by ramping up manufacturing activities, which is expected to benefit the welding industry. The European OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health at Work) and several other regulatory agencies have occupational exposure laws planned and enforced to prevent health problems induced by the welding process. This is likely to compel the welding companies to install fume extraction equipment in welding workshops for their workers.

Welding Fume Extraction Equipment Market Share Insights

The global market is highly competitive and fairly integrated, with top companies accounting for a maximum share of the global production in 2016. Key market participants include Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Lincoln Electric Co., Donaldson Company Inc., Kemper America Inc., Air Liquide Welding Group, and others. Innovative technologies and new product developments are anticipated to be key parameters for being competitive in this market, with frequent mergers and acquisitions being undertaken as an attempt to diversify the product portfolio and enhance market share.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                  

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

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

Country scope

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

Report coverage          

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global welding fume extraction equipment/device market on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Mobile Unit

    • Stationary Unit

    • Large Centralized Systems

  • ApplicationOutlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Arc Welding

    • Resistance Welding

    • Laser Beam Welding

    • Oxy-Fuel Welding

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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