The industrial air compressor market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2016 to 2021
The industrial air compressor market is projected to reach USD 34.87 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2016 to 2021. Industrial air compressors are used to increase pressure by converting power into potential energy, which is stored in pressurized air. This pressurized air is used to power pneumatic tools, to compress gas for transport, cutting & welding, packaging, cooling, and freezing, among others. Rapid industrialization in emerging economies, investments to improve cross border oil & gas pipeline networks, and increasing awareness about energy saving and efficiency are expected to drive the industrial air compressor market. Declining LNG imports in the U.S., Japan, and South Korea is a restraining factor for industrial compressors.
The positive displacement industrial air compressors segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2016 to 2021
Positive displacement compressors are further segmented in to reciprocating and rotary type compressors. Reciprocating compressors are among the oldest compressor technologies and are still being used in medium to large scale industries. These compressors come in all pressure ranges but are preferred for applications that require high pressure, due to high maintenance cost. Rotary compressors on the other hand have a limited pressure range and are used for a variety of applications in industries such as food & beverages, chemicals, textile, and power generation, among others. Due to versatility in application, the positive displacement compressor market is expected to have higher growth in the market.