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EMEA Air Filters Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Cartridge, Dust Collectors, HEPA, Baghouse, and Others), By End-users (Residential, Commercial and Industrial) and Regional Forecasts, 2032

Last Updated: July 01, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI104591



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The EMEA air filters market size was USD 4.26 billion in 2019 and is projected to grow USD 10.26 billion in 2032 at a CAGR of 6.5% in the 2020-2032 period. The sudden fall in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with air filters witnessing a positive demand shock across Europe and the Middle East & Africa amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the EMEA air filters market will exhibit a stellar growth of 6.3% in 2020. 

Air filters are an essential part of the Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) system utilized to extract solid air borne particles out of the air and flow pure air inside the room. It is used precisely in industrial, commercial, and residential applications, including isolation wards, laboratories, automotive plants, chemical plants, and clean rooms in the processing plants, nuclear power plants, high-tech areas, and other applications with low or high existence of dust.

These filters not only have a strong impact on the energy performance of buildings and air handling equipment but are also essential for a good and healthy indoor climate. They aim to guard one’s health by upholding clean indoor air quality (IAQ). The European test standards ‘EN 1822’ and ‘ISO 29463’ are the globally accepted standard procedure for testing and classifying the most efficient particulate products.

The construction of sustainable buildings is a growing trend. It is well supported by the governmental bodies, such as the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations (REHVA), EUROVENT, and others that provide technical guidance to air filter manufacturers. Additionally, the air filtration industry is taking necessary initiatives in order to overcome the challenges such as polluted indoor air, owing to the rising awareness about sustainable environment. Presently, manufacturers across Europe and the Middle East & Africa are adopting various air filtration techniques to filter out the globally recognized air contaminants. For instance, nanofiber technology is one such technique.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Demand for Technologically Advanced Air Filters to Surge

In Europe, the market is moderately affected amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It occurred because several manufacturers were already well-prepared with technologically advanced products. One of them is the HEPA H13 filter introduced mainly in cold temperature countries to minimize the risk of COVID-19 indoors. Additionally, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) guided public health authorities in the EU/EEA countries and the U.K. to secure the indoor air quality when the affected numbers were rising.

Considering the Middle East & Africa, countries, namely, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and others primarily kept the mortality and transmission rates lower than the global average. Besides, the demand for medical applications has seen an exhaustive growth in the past six months. Hospitals and pathologies are upgrading their filter products with the highest compatible types.

Therefore, the growth trajectory is projected to be solid in the coming years with moderate to low impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Rising Emphasize on Sustainable Buildings is a Prominent Trend

The implementation of sustainable buildings, i.e., buildings equipped with adequate air ventilation and air filtration systems, has emerged as a trend in the air filters market. These modern buildings are generally known as green buildings. The rising awareness of the occupant’s health, stringent government norms regarding the indoor air quality (IAQ), and the need to minimize the rising hazardous emissions are set to boost their installation in building applications.

The green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council is intensively applicable in multiple European countries in recent times. This has eventually accelerated the installation of air purifiers across residential and commercial buildings.

  • The World Green Building Council stated that countries majorly focusing on green buildings are U.A.E with ~66%, Spain with nearly 61%, and Norway with ~64%.

Additionally, the rising installation of air filtration systems in sustainable building projects across the U.A.E, Finland, Germany, Oman, the U.K., and others is also likely to bolster the market growth.


Rapid Installation of Air Filters across Industrial Sector to Augment Growth

The demand for air filters across the industrial sector is growing exponentially as they filter out sensitive dust particles, thereby minimizing the risks of molecular and microbiological contamination and air pollution. With the growth of the aerospace, automotive, and semiconductor industries, there is an immense demand that is eventually set to persuade growth. In the case of the aircraft industry, manufacturers and end-users are increasingly emphasizing on possessing aircraft equipped with cabin air recirculation systems that would further throw out bacteria, viruses, and difficult particles in the range of nearly 0.1 to 0.3 micron.

Moreover, the utilization of HEPA filters in the semiconductors, automotive, medicine, chemical, and gas turbine industries to control the concentration of airborne dust and gases would also compliment the demand for air purifiers across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Hence, the surging demand across the industrial sector is expected to boost market growth.


High Maintenance Cost and Unavailability of Technicians May Hinder Growth

The market is growing gradually on account of the increasing awareness of fresh indoor air quality (IAQ). However, the high maintenance cost is a major factor set to limit growth. The cost of filter replacement is generally high, i.e., approximately USD 40 to 60, as the filter requires a regular change every four to six months. Moreover, end-users across African countries rely on cheap air filter equipment that may hamper industrial applications.

In addition to it, the unavailability of qualified technicians over the past few years for maintaining these filters is expected to impact market growth. As per our secondary sources, the demand for skilled HVAC technicians is expected to rise across Eastern Europe. In contrast to it, Africa has a sufficient number of workers employed in the HVAC industry. The outright number of workers who are poor is growing in sub-Saharan Africa despite the declining poverty rate.


By Type Analysis

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Need for Air Filters in Airplane Cabins to Drive Growth of the HEPA Filters Segment

Based on the type, the market is classified into cartridge filters, dust collectors, HEPA filters, baghouse filters, and others that include mist filters. The high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter segment is anticipated to grow exponentially over the forecast period. It is the most efficient device in capturing dust particles of different sizes. At present, HEPA filters are mostly utilized in flight cabins across the aerospace industry. Moreover, it has the capability to attract particles with an advanced diffusion system and hence, is projected to portray high growth in multiple applications, such as automotive, healthcare, residential, & commercial buildings.

The dust collectors segment held the highest share in 2019 owing to their ability to handle extreme dust loads in industrial applications. Mist collector, baghouse filters, and cartridge filters segments are also anticipated to surge the market growth. Baghouse filters are specially designed to remove the dust created during various manufacturing processes carried out in the medical, steel, mining, and other industries.

By End-user Analysis

Industrial Segment to Exhibit Highest Share Backed by Need to Minimize Risks of Contamination

Based on the end-user, the market is segmented into residential, commercial, and industrial. Out of these, the industrial sector presently holds the highest share. In this sector, this filter helps protect sensitive manufacturing processes and minimizes the risks of molecular contamination. Among the industrial segments, the medical and automotive sub-segments are anticipated to drive the market growth.

The residential and commercial segments hold substantial shares owing to the increasing need for fresh indoor air quality (IAQ). Congressional Research Service (CRS) stated that in 2018, the overall spending in Europe on new residential construction projects accounted for nearly USD 373.5 billion whereas, in 2020, the construction sector was on halt till the 3rd quarter in the Middle East countries because of various climatic issues and the COVID-19 outbreak.


Europe Air Filters Market Size, 2019 (USD Billion)

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The EMEA air filtration market is categorized based on regions, namely, Europe and the Middle East & Africa.

Europe is expected to exhibit stagnant market growth because of the contributions of Germany, Italy, and Spain. Several government initiatives and stringent rules and regulations are expected to be the major factors enhancing the market in Europe. Additionally, the UN’s framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the rising utilization of nanofiber technology would boost growth.

Germany to Show Highest CAGR Owing to Increasing Construction Activities

Germany is one of the leading air filter manufacturing countries across Europe. Manufacturers, such as Mann+Hummel, AFE Airfilter Europe GmbH, and Freudenberg Filtration Technologies SE & Co. KG have strong manufacturing facilities in Germany that are anticipated to fuel the market growth. In addition to that, the increasing construction activities across urban areas are projected to lead to the rising preference for healthcare products to lessen the injurious effects of unclear airflow.

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The Middle East & Africa is likely to showcase a steady growth rate over the forecast period attributed to the rising installation of high-efficiency particulate air filters, baghouse filters, and dust collectors across the chemical, medical, gas turbine, and aerospace industries. Most of the Middle East countries are facing issues such as dust storms, extremely high temperatures, which, in turn, would generate the need for air purifiers.


Key Players are Focusing on Capturing Unattained Markets by Adopting Green Building Concept

Key players including Camfil, MANN+HUMMEL, Gulf Air Filtration Company, Absolent Group AB, and others are emphasizing on adopting the green building concept to expand their product portfolios. This is set to propel the market growth.

For instance, in March 2018, MANN+HUMMEL collaborated with ‘China Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance for Healthy Building (CHBA)’ to develop green buildings to provide a healthier living environment. This partnership will help MANN+HUMMEL to expand its footprint in the indoor air filtration solutions segment across Asia.


  • Mann+Hummel (Ludwigsburg, Germany)

  • Camfil (Stockholm, Sweden)

  • Freudenberg Filtration Technologies SE & Co. KG (Weinheim, Germany)

  • Absolent Group AB (Lidköping, Sweden)

  • EIF (Ajman, United Arab Emirates)

  • V&T Group BV (Numansdorp, Nederland)

  • AFE Airfilter Europe GmbH (Bornheim, Germany)

  • Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies (Johannesburg, South Africa)

  • Ecellect Filter Factory (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

  • Lydall Gutsche GmbH & Co. Kg (Fulda, Germany)

  • Sogefi SpA (Milan, Italy)

  • Airventfil Pty (Ltd) (Alberton, South Africa)

  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö (Helsinki, Finland)

  • Aluminum International Co. (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

  • Aiko (Moscow, Russia)

  • VALEO SERVICE (Paris, France)

  • FILTAPAK (Johannesburg, South Africa)

  • Gulf Air Filtration Company (Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)


  • November, 2020 - Freudenberg Filtration Technologies SE & Co. KG introduced a four-layer automotive air filter that filters nearly 90% of virus-laden aerosols. The fourth layer of the filter is coated with fruit extract that deactivates the separated viruses and offers fresh indoor air.

  • October, 2019 - Camfil introduced ‘Megalam EnerGuard,’ the latest technological development in HEPA Filters that is certified for its utilization in the life science and food & beverage industries.


An Infographic Representation of EMEA Air Filters Market

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The research report provides detailed information regarding various insights into the EMEA air filters market. Some of them are growth drivers, restraints, competitive landscape, regional analysis, and challenges. It further offers an analytical depiction of the market, current 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 this report was taken from several primary and secondary sources.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period

  2016 – 2027

Base Year


Forecast Period

  2020 – 2027

Historical Period

  2016 – 2018


  Value (USD Billion)


  Type, End-users, and Country

By Type

  • Cartridge Filters

  • Dust Collector

  • HEPA Filters

  • Baghouse Filters

  • Others (Mist Filters, and others.)

By End-Users

  • Residential

  • Commercial

  • Industrial

    • Industry

    • Automotive

    • Aerospace

    • Railways

    • Transportation

    • Chemical

    • Gas Turbines

    • Semiconductors

    • Medical

    • Others (Food, etc.)

By Region

  • Europe (By Type; End-user, and Country)

    • UK (By Type)

    • Germany (By Type)

    • France (By Type)

    • Rest of Europe

  • The Middle East and Africa (By Type; End-user, and Country)

    • GCC (By Type)

    • South Africa (By Type)

    • Rest of MEA

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the market stood at USD 4.26 billion in 2019

Fortune Business Insights says that the air filtration market will reach USD 7.11 billion by 2027

The market will grow at a CAGR of 6.7% in the forecast period.

The dust collectors segment is expected to lead the market during the forecast period.

The high demand for air filters across a wide range of industries is the key market driver.

Camfil, Mann+Hummel, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies SE & Co. KG, and Gulf Air Filtration Company are the top companies in the market.

Based on end-user, the industrial segment is expected to hold the highest share in the market

By type, the HEPA filter segment is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period.

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