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The global air duct market size stood at USD 8.28 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 11.61 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period.
An air duct is designed to distribute airflow from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment across the entire commercial, public or industrial facility. These ducts are pipelines that are utilized to transport cooled or heated air to living spaces and return the same amount of air back to the HVAC system.
Rapid augmentation in installing smart HVAC systems is a growing trend. The imbibed smart technologies in the aforesaid systems are strengthening efforts towards sustainability. Such systems are helping to increase energy conservation, save money and achieve efficiency.
The demand for air ducts is growing year on year. It is complimented by the increasing adoption of HVAC systems across commercial, public and other facilities. Owing to high-energy consumption, energy-efficient HVAC systems are witnessing rising demand. Moreover, they are also in demand owing to their advantages such as, fresh indoor air quality, less suffocation in congested places, and high efficiency in terms of energy saving.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has moderately affected the global air duct market growth. This is owing to, the adoption of HVAC systems for maintaining good air quality in commercial and essential buildings, such as healthcare facilities and grocery stores. However, the pandemic has challenged the new installation and maintenance process of this duct system at every possible facility across the globe. The maintenance process in several public and commercial facilities has stopped, owing to the unavailability of operators. Whereas, the sudden rise in average selling price, owing to higher demand for improved indoor as well as outdoor air quality has also challenged the new installation processes. Some of the highly affected countries are India, China, United Kingdom, U.S., Italy, France, and Spain. These countries are expected to take a while to recover from the outbreak and thus have a slightly higher impact as compared to other countries across the globe. The Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations (REHVA) has published guidelines to mitigate the impact of the virus outbreak by installing HVAC systems in the buildings that are located in the affected areas. The demand for installation of these systems will experience rapid ascent in the future years to provide fresh indoor air quality (IAQ) as industrialization and urbanization speed up. With the impact of COVID-19 anticipated to diminish in the third quarter of 2020, the air ducts market is expected to grow from 2021 onwards.
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Increasing Installation of Smart HVAC Technologies is Laying Foundation for Future Market Growth
Technological advancements in HVAC systems are enabling the delivery of energy-efficient ventilation across spaces. Introduction of smart technologies is supporting the environment and strengthening sustainability efforts. These smart HVAC systems expand connectivity with global networks to provide greater control, transparency, and data collection. Additionally, these technologies have added benefits such as reduced overall functional costs and energy savings. This is leading to, the rise in adoption of smart HVAC systems across commercial and residential sector. As per the reports published by the ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy), smart building technologies save up to 18% of energy in offices, 15% in retails, 18% in hotels, 28% in hospitals.
Moreover, industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, industrial automation systems, etc. are progressing at a rapid pace. The functioning of these techniques is highly dependent on robotic automation. In such scenario, integration of smart HVAC system is vital as the heating, ventilation, and conditioning system operates automatically and in the required proportion.
Thus, escalating installation of smart HVAC technologies is creating impressive growth opportunities.
Adoption of High-Efficiency HVAC Systems is Upholding Market Growth
Prominent players are emphasizing on highly efficient HVAC systems to contribute to environment-friendly fresh air quality (AQ) solutions. Several energy saving companies (ESCOs) are shifting their focus towards the installation of these systems to improve the energy performance in public, commercial, or industrial facilities. Moreover, these systems supply cleaner and healthier air quality through the carefully located fresh air intake ducts, UVC emitters, and installed automatic condenser tube cleaning systems. This contributes to improve indoor living & working environments, better living comfort, and increased productivity with the reduction of sick building syndrome. Rising prices of oil and electricity is stimulating public awareness for energy efficiency, pushing the demand towards the adoption of efficient systems.
Considering all these factors, the adoption of efficient HVAC systems is certainly boosting the revenue generation in the market.
Complex Installation Process and High Maintenance Cost of Product May Hinder Market Growth
The demand for these ducts is mounting with the increasing installation of HVAC systems. However, complex installation procedure is a major factor that is limiting the market growth. The old constructed projects where the space for ducting is not designed appropriately makes it difficult to service along with installation of modern air ducts. Moreover, depending on the designing and installation of these system, it requires additional substantial length of air ducting that eventually impact the direct and indirect cost of the product. Furthermore, the total cost required for installation of above-mentioned ducts is estimated to be high, thus affecting the average selling price of these systems. Additionally, lack of awareness regarding the energy loss, air leakage, and heat conduction among the end-users are some of the major factors that are hindering the market growth.
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Increasing Infrastructural Development to Ensure High CAGR for Galvanized Steel Ducts Segment
The type segment is categorized into galvanized steel duct, aluminum (Al) duct, flexible duct, fabric duct, and others (PVC duct, etc.)
The galvanized steel duct segment is estimated to witness highest CAGR in the forecast period owing to factors such as increasing infrastructural development and growing automotive sector. Additionally, these types of ducts do not tear easily and last for approximately 50 years with minimum maintenance. Aluminum (Al) ducts are convenient for late modifications in air intake and air outlet pipeline.
The fabric air duct segment is expected to witness substantial growth, attributed to the improved thermal conduction as compared to other duct types. Fiberglass duct is also utilized for indoor residential and commercial ducting applications. Flexible air ducts are expected to witness steady growth in the forecast period, owing to their ability to stretch up to the required length.
Fit to Design Manufacturing to Depict Higher CAGR for Square/Rectangular Ducts
By shape analysis, the market is categorized round duct, half round duct, square/rectangular duct, triangular duct, and others (customized duct, etc.)
The square/rectangular sub-segment is anticipated to witness exponential growth by virtue of its design to fit perfectly in any constructional work. Moreover, square or rectangular ducts are mostly preferred for low-pressure systems. Round shaped air duct utilize fewer materials than other ducts to transfer same amount of air, which increases their air transportation efficiency.
Half-round ducts are utilized in case of less headspace available to install a full-round duct. Round and half-round ducts have a smaller cross sectional area that results in less duct wall exposure to moving air. Triangular air ducts are mostly utilized in identifying the gas or air type and flow direction within air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Commercial Facilities Sub-segment is Projected to Boost the Market Growth
Based on application, the market is divided into public facilities, commercial facilities, industrial facilities, and others (Government Buildings, etc.)
The commercial facilities sub-segment is anticipated to witness strong growth. It is attributed to the installation of these ducts in facilities including airports, rapid transit infrastructure development, hotels, conference centers, etc., where it is necessary to maintain proper habitable temperature. On the other side, public facilities sub-segment is expected to witness steady growth by virtue of increasing interior construction applications, whereas the industrial facilities sub-segment is anticipated to witness slow growth attributed to its longer shelf life and usage factor.
Asia Pacific Air Duct Market Size, 2019 (USD Billion)
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The scope of the global market is classified into the five regions of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and South America.
Asia Pacific is in the best position to experience the highest growth rate in the global market. This is attributable to rapid investment in infrastructural projects across countries such as India, China, Malaysia, and others. Additionally, introduction of low-cost airlines in developing countries of Southeast Asia has resulted in increasing air traffic. To accommodate the escalating air travel demand, various infrastructural projects such as new terminal buildings and airports are either planned or underway, stoking the demand for fresh air quality. Furthermore, private investments in hospitality and tourism industry are also boosting the regional market.
Europe is experiencing the substantial growth, mainly on account of the presence of most of the leading HVAC systems manufacturers in countries such as Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and U.K. Thermal conductivity is a major priority in Europe as several countries experiences extreme cold weathers, while some countries experience moderate to hot weather conditions throughout the year. To cope up with the thermal conductivity factor, new housing construction projects have increased in countries including Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Sweden, etc. This has resulted in increased demand for HVAC systems across the continent.
North America is expected to witness steady growth, owing to the numerous infrastructural and public transport development projects across the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, North America has speedily developing smart cities and adopting smart homes initiatives to provide healthy indoor air quality (IAQ). Moreover, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has invested in improving energy conservation standards throughout the country that has ultimately boosted the demand for this type of duct across the country.
Latin America and the Middle East & Africa are expected to show healthy growth owing to the increasing investments in public transport facilities across countries including Kuwait, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and Brazil.
THERMAFLEX to Focus on Providing Innovative HVAC Products to its End-users
THERMAFLEX is continuously developing innovative HVAC products to meet the customer demands in commercial and residential ducting applications. The company is offering ‘EverClean’ and ‘M-KC Flexible Air Duct’ to its end-users. EverClean ducts provide superior indoor air quality (IAQ) in residential applications.
Prominent Players to Strengthen Product Portfolio with Smart Ducting Systems
Prominent players have adopted various strategies, including partnership with governmental bodies, investment in research and development, and participation in exhibitions to introduce novel HVAC solutions to potential clients. Additionally, these players are strengthening the product portfolio by implementing industry 4.0, industry automation system, and smart manufacturing to offer automated HVAC products to their end-users.
The research report includes detailed market dynamics on the growth drivers, restraints, competitive landscape, regional analysis, and challenges of the market. Furthermore, the market research report offers an analytical depiction of the trends and estimations to illustrate the forthcoming investment pockets. The market is quantitatively analyzed from 2020 to 2027 to provide the financial competency of the market. The information gathered in the report has been taken from several primary and secondary sources.
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2016 – 2027
2020 – 2027
2016 – 2018
Value (USD billion)
Fortune business Insights says that the market value was at USD 8.28 billion in 2019.
Fortune Business Insights says that the market is expected to reach USD 11.61 billion by 2027.
Growth of 4.4% CAGR will be observed in the market during the forecast period (2020-2027).
Adoption of highly efficient HVAC systems is likely to drive the market growth.
Lindab, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (ISOVER), THERMAFLEX, Imperial Manufacturing Group, and KAD AIR CONDITIONING are the top companies in the market.
Commercial facilities category is expected to grow at a considerable CAGR during the forecast period.
Square/Rectangular category is expected to grow at a considerable CAGR during the forecast period.
The revenue of the market in Asia-Pacific in 2019 was USD 3.79 billion.
Complex installation process and high maintenance cost of product is restraining the growth of the market
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