The global pneumatic conveying systems market size is expanding over USD 38 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period 2020 to 2027. Rise in prominence of automation in the manufacturing industry in recent years has positively influenced the market for conveying systems and material handling equipment.
There has also been a notable increase in the demand for novel and robust technologies such as pneumatic conveying systems that use principles of pressure and airflow to perform conveying operations in enclosed and compact environments. While this factor has positively influenced the growth of the market over the years, rapid industrialization and availability of energy-efficient products are further allowing the market to tap into a bigger set of growth opportunities.
Over the past few years, advancements in material handling and conveyance technologies have helped pneumatic conveying systems gain a prominent position in the field of conveying materials. Owing to promising pace of development in the field, systems that can not only handle light-density but even high-density materials have been introduced in the global marketplace.
Pneumatic conveying systems are gaining increased demand also owing to the fact that they offer several benefits such as ease of maintenance, high reliability, wide diversity of products handled by one conveyor, easy conveyor line routing, and custom and mobile configurations as compared to conventional conveying systems. Owing to these factors, pneumatic conveying systems now hold a position wherein they can be an efficient alternative for conventional heavy-duty conveying systems.
Despite the evolution of several alternatives such as electromechanical and hydraulic systems, pneumatic conveying systems have stood the test of time and have been able to witness a steady rise in the demand from key end-use industries. These conventional systems offer a better solution in certain cases. However, pneumatic conveying remains the key conveying options for many industries including low- and high-volume manufacturing in the pharmaceuticals, plastics, and food & beverages sectors.
Moreover, manufacturers today offer several services in addition to maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO), and installation. For example, Dynamics Air has a fully-equipped testing facility that allows end users to test any new material they have and design a customized product based on the same. Trends as these are expected to escalate the global demand for these systems over the forecast period.
Based on the operating principle, the market has been segmented into the dilute phase conveying and dense phase conveying. The dilute phase conveying segment held the largest share of over 73.5% of the overall revenue in 2019. It is also expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period.
Pneumatic conveying systems based on the dilute phase operating principle are estimated to witness significant growth over the forecast period as these systems are widely used for incessant conveying in some industries, wherein dilapidation and abrasion of materials are not major concerns.
The dense phase conveying segment is anticipated to exceed USD 9.7 billion by 2027. Pneumatic conveying systems based on dense phase operating principles are the most ideal solutions for the low- or high-rate transfer of friable or abrasive materials.
Based on technology, the pneumatic conveying systems market has been divided into positive pressure, vacuum, and combination systems. Of these, the positive pressure system segment accounted for over half of the market revenue in 2019. This growth can be attributed to the ability of positive pressure systems to operate at high pressures as compared to other types of conveying systems. Additionally, they are suitable for conveying heavy materials over long distances, which is one of the most prominent factors projected to drive the market over the forecast period.
Vacuum systems utilize high vacuum pumps that are easy to design and require less maintenance. The segment is likely to post a CAGR of 5.9% over the forecast period, owing to its ability to utilize a vacuum to conveyor position the material on the desired stack point, coupled with its ability to convey materials to a single destination from multiple sources.
Combination systems accounted for just over 19.2% of the total revenue in 2018. They consist of pressure systems, which result in convenient conveyance of materials to multiple loading points and ensure efficient conveying procedure. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the fact that they offer the benefits of both vacuum and pressure systems.
Based on end-use, the market has been classified into ceramic, pharmaceuticals, food, rubber and plastic, cement, mining (mineral), and others. The food industry represented over 28.0% of the overall revenue in 2019. Pneumatic conveyors are gaining popularity in the industry owing to their benefits such as high reliability, increased productivity, reduced risk of material spillage, low energy consumption, and low operational and maintenance costs.
The pharmaceutical industry is also expected to experience high demand for pneumatic systems over the forthcoming years. This can be attributed to the criticality of processes and the need to handle hazardous and risky materials in the production area.
The mining segment was estimated at USD 576.8 million in 2019. Companies in the mining sector are engaged in extracting natural solid minerals such as ores and coal, oil and gas, liquid minerals, gases, and crude petroleum. A steady rise in the adoption of these products will, in turn, lead to increased demand for conveyors and in turn, drive the market.
Europe held the dominant share of over 31% of the total market in terms of revenue in 2019. The regional market is anticipated to register significant growth over the forecast period, thanks to rising demand for hygienic methods in the food transfer and production industry.
In North America, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced several regulations regarding indirect contaminants in food. This is projected to positively influence the demand for pneumatic conveying systems in the region over the forecast period.
The rapid growth of the pharmaceutical industry in the Asia Pacific is also poised to stir up the demand for pneumatic conveying systems. The region has witnessed a notable rise in facilities involved in the development of biosimilars and vaccines, especially in developing countries. Governments in these countries have been actively involved in practices promoting better healthcare facilities and the overall development of associated industries. A notable rise in growth opportunities due to this scenario is attracting many pharmaceuticals manufacturers to emerging countries. This shift of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector from developed to developing regions is likely to fuel the demand for pneumatic conveying systems in APAC.
Key Players - The market is highly consolidated and is characterized by a high level of competition with presence of major global players such as AZO GmbH & Co. KG., Flexicon Corporation, Dynamic Air Inc., Altas Copco AB, and Coperion GmbH.
Operating Principle Outlook
Dilute Phase Conveying
Dense Phase Conveying
Positive Pressure Systems
Rubber and Plastic
Middle East & Africa
The report sheds light on various aspects and answers pertinent questions on the market. Some of the important ones are:
1. What can be the best investment choices for venturing into new product and service lines?
2. What value propositions should businesses aim at while making new research and development funding?
3. Which regulations will be most helpful for stakeholders to boost their supply chain network?
4. Which regions might see the demand maturing in certain segments in near future?
5. What are the some of the best cost optimization strategies with vendors that some well-entrenched players have gained success with?
6. Which are the key perspectives that the C-suite are leveraging to move businesses to new growth trajectory?
7. Which government regulations might challenge the status of key regional markets?
8. How will the emerging political and economic scenario affect opportunities in key growth areas?
9. What are some of the value-grab opportunities in various segments?
10. What will be the barrier to entry for new players in the market?
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