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Fire Rated Duct Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (Galvanized Steel Duct, Aluminum (Al) Duct, Flexible Duct, Fabric Duct & Others), By Shape (Round, Half Round, Square/Rectangular, Triangular & Others), By Penetration (Walls, Floor, Decks & Others), By Application (Public Facilities, Commercial Facilities, Industrial Facilities, & Others), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

Last Updated: July 08, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI106248



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The global fire rated duct market size was USD 2,212.1 million in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 2,280.3 million in 2021 to USD 3,165.3 million in 2028 at a CAGR of 4.8% during the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with fire rated ducts witnessing a negative demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a decline of -1.4% in 2020. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

Latest developments in fan technology, evaporative cooling and controlling is resulting to be substantial over traditional fire rated ducts. The technological progressions updated with ventilators is refining usability, competence and efficiency of the general pipes. Prime manufacturers are extemporizing the heat recovery ventilators, air filters, and so on with programmable controls and technology improvements to strengthen streamline operations thus, boosting functional competences. Additionally, several building professionals are utilizing building automation systems that include Internet of Things (IoT) lighting controls, smart thermostats and others. This in turn, is creating lucrative opportunities for the growth of this market.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Halted Manufacturing Activities and Fewer Installation to Reduce Market

The recent emergence of COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the business situations but changes the strategic approaches that resulted in market volatility and uncertainty. The partial or complete production lockdown imposed by Europe, North America, Latin America and some of the Asia Pacific countries that significantly affected the business scenario.

However, FRD business has reasonably affected across the globe. The cause being, some ventilation and air conditioning actions are paused, on account of the inaccessibility of workers. The air conditioning and ventilation doings refers to restoring of prevailing energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), changing operation of Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC), fixing air conditioned (AC) units, replacing air filters and others.

As per the industry experts, 45% of the HVAC companies lost their periodic sale, owing to the fewer installation of recovery ventilators and worker’s unavailability in the U.S.

Additionally, these manufacturers are utilizing the existing time to capitalize in research & development to grab the prospects shaped by regulations that require acute infrastructural staff across the air ducts industry.

Furthermore, the regaining installation momentum of fire rated ducts, air filters, air pipes and others have been observed. It is attributed to offer fresh indoor air in extreme hot or cold environmental conditions with maintained humidity. The governments across countries have also ordered to re-open businesses and other sectors, which in turn will boost the market growth in the forecast period.


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Growing Installation of New HVAC Technologies and Green Buildings is Placing Groundwork for Upcoming Market Growth

Now-a-days, air quality has become an essential topic of worry as fire safety, deficient IAQ generates an unfavorable effect on the health, productivity, cognitive function and welfare of indoor residents.

Technical improvements in these systems are assisting the supply of advanced fireproof ducting solutions. Introduction of technologies such as, sustainable retrofit, smart thermostats, geothermal heat pumps among others is supplementing the strengthening of sustainability factors of the market. Moreover, these also aid in reduction of overall energy savings and operational costs.

For instance, reports presented by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), smart technologies in the buildings aids in saving around 18% of energy in commercial spaces, 15% in retails, 18% in restaurants & hotels, and another 28% in the hospitals. Moreover, governmental participation in building the green buildings and guidelines related with carbon releases for commercial and residential intentions is among the trending aspects for this market.


Improved Fire Stopping Methods in HVAC Systems by Installing Fire Rated Ducts to Enhance Market Growth

The evolution of fire stopping has led to substantial progresses over traditional fire stopping methods. Continuous training & development along with educational exertions, are increasing the importance of appropriate fire stopping, and its impact on both safety and assets protection. This also includes understanding how sealant and materials react together, thereby, aiding in the proper choice and connection of fire stopping systems for ducts, along with other types of applications. Some of the duct fire test standards such as BS 476 part 24, pertaining to the proper installation of fire ducts are regulated for HVAC systems, pressurization, smoke extract and kitchen/grease.

Further, many manufacturers are persisting on employing qualified technical personnel in order to describe subtle nuances of fire stopping. Also, employing skilled personnel who can provide more specific training, along with proper installation of these ducts. Therefore, this in turn, is expected to bolster the fire rated duct market growth.


Unavailability of Proper HVAC Systems Coupled with Below Standard Installation of Fire Rated Duct Concerns Across Applications

A significant number of fire hazards have been caused by the use of substandard products and unavailability of standard HVAC systems. This results in fire accidents, which can be caused by various factors such as, Electrical Wiring/ insulating 5%, Fat/ Oil/ Food Residue/ Grease/ Dirt 12% and Fluff/ Dust/ Airborne Particles 1%.

Some of the actual instances that might restrain the growth of the market are:

  • HVAC system not linked to smoke detector

  • Smoke spread across HVAC ductwork

  • Open access door of HVAC duct

  • HVAC system did not comply with NFPA (National Fire Protection Act) 90A

  • HVAC system not fitted with automatic fire damper


By Type Analysis:

Galvanized Steel Duct Segment to Hold Dominant Market Share

By type the market is segmented on the basis of material i.e. galvanized steel duct, aluminum (Al) duct, flexible duct, fabric duct and others.

Amongst them, the galvanized steel duct is anticipated to have a major portion of the market share. It is owed to the increased infrastructural development, rise in consumption of finished steel products and growing automotive sector. Additionally, galvanized steel material is highly durable as it does not corrode or tear easily. Furthermore, several galvanized duct systems last for nearly 50 years with minimal maintenance. Likewise, several manufacturers offer aluminum duct made of aluminum foil that is laminated with polyester film. Also, galvanized steel duct is expected to perceive strong growth as, it possesses the best of strength and sturdiness that results in less maintenance. Additionally, it can be utilized for a longer period of time in commercial, residential and industrial applications.

Besides, fabric air ducts are projected to exhibit substantial CAGR during the forecast period. These ducts offer improvement in productivity and thermal comfort in comparison with steel ducting. It also provides great ventilation for agriculture and pharmaceutical applications.

Flexible air ducts are anticipated to observe substantial growth during the predicted period, owing to its ability to stretch up to required length. It allows air to pass freely through the duct system. Moreover, flexible ducts are easy to dismantle in case of repairing.

By Shape Analysis

Round shaped ducts Segment to Remain at Forefront

In case of shape, the market is segmented into round, half round, square, triangular and others.

Round shaped fire rated ducts are widely utilized, as it is most efficient in air transportation. Moreover, it utilizes less material in comparison with other ducts to transmit the similar amount of air.

Square or rectangular fire rated ducts are designed to fit in building construction i.e. it fixes the concern of poor connection between fan coil and main duct. Moreover, square or rectangular ducts are majorly favored for low pressure systems.

Triangular air ducts are majorly used in distinguishing the gas or air type and flow track within the air conditioning as well as the ventilation system.

By Penetration Analysis

Wall Penetration Systems to hold Majority of the Share

Based on penetration, the market is sub-segments as walls, floor, decks & others.

Walls segment is estimated to hold the majority of the market share along with the highest CAGR in the market. This is owed to the ease of installation and maintenance that these provide. Also, this enables the customers to easily replace the damaged parts as well as clean them, aiding in increasing the product life.

The floor and deck ducts facilitate smooth performance but lack in providing the serviceability that wall ducts provide. Hence, these are expected to exhibit moderate growth rate in the coming years.

By Application Analysis

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Commercial Facilities to Dominate Demand Generation for Market

In terms of application, the market is bifurcated into public facilities, commercial facilities, industrial facilities and others.

Commercial facilities sub-segment is estimated to observe highest market share, owing to rising per capita spending. In the commercial facilities sub-segment, the end-users such as hospitals, multi-specialty malls, and others are spending heavily in the initiation stage to offer fresh indoor air quality to its customers. Additionally, the governmental bodies are also investing in green infrastructural developments. For instance, in April 2019, the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) in collaboration with Asia Development Bank (ADB) launched the ‘ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility” to invest approximately USD 1.00 billion in green infrastructure development in every possible facility across Southeast Asia.

On the other side, the public facilities sub segment is projected to perceive stable growth owing to the rising interior construction applications, although the industrial facilities sub-segment is estimated to register sluggish growth accredited to its lengthier shelf life and utilization factor. Moreover, the air tightness factor is also taken into consideration while installing fire rated ducts systems to avoid heavy air leakages. Air leakage leads to worsen the air quality hence, affecting the overall atmospheric temperature. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that approximately 35% of newly built or renovated buildings have indoor air quality (IAQ) problems, and hence, they rank IAQ in one of the prominent environmental problems.


Asia Pacific Fire rated duct market Size, 2020 (USD Million)

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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 & Africa, and South America.

Asia Pacific is estimated to exhibit the highest growth rate in the fire air ducts market. This is owed to the massive adoption and capitalizations in infrastructure ventures across the major nations such as China, South Korea, India, Malaysia, and others. Further, the market is also expected to gain momentum amidst COVID-19 scenario, from rising demands across new projects which includes hospitals, airports, shopping malls, and so on across countries in the Southeast Asian part.

North America is anticipated to abide steady growth, owed to the steady reconstruction of numerous commercial and public facilities across the U.S. & Canada.

Europe’s growth is attributed to the increased importance to ductwork in several countries including, Germany, France, Sweden and others. Additionally, Growth in new housing construction has increased the demand for fire rated ducts systems in countries including, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and so on. Furthermore, thermal conductivity is a prime urgency in Europe as numerous nations experience extensive cold, whereas few nations witness hot weather circumstances throughout the year.

As per the International Trade Administration (ITA), in 2018, the real steel consumption in Europe has increased by nearly 1.9% and apparent steel consumption grew by approximately 2.5%. Countries including, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Netherlands represented nearly 21% of all steel products exported globally.

The Middle East & Africa and South America are estimated to exhibit healthy growth attributed to the increasing investments in commercial, industrial and public amenities throughout countries such as South Africa, the UAE, Brazil and Kuwait.


Key Players Investment in New Product Development to Brighten Their Market Prospects

The prominent players in the market hold a moderate share across the globe. As a result, the market concentration of the market is oligopolistic in nature, where there are less market leaders but is dominated by the other small and medium sized manufacturers.

The market leaders have a substantial strong customer base across the globe and also have an increasing graph of the investment rates for product development. These market leaders include Unifrax, Lindab, DuraSystems, THERMAFLEX, SAUDI AKHWAN DUCTING FACTORY CO LTD, KAD AIR CONDITIONING (BIN DASMAL GROUP), FabricAir, CMS Group of Companies, France Air & Aldes Group. After sales service is the chief prompting criteria for the consumers across the industry, therefore these prominent players stress on providing a good and sufficient after sales services.


  • Unifrax (U.S.)

  • Lindab (Sweden)

  • DuraSystems (U.S.)




  • FabricAir (Denmark)

  • CMS Group of Companies (UAE)

  • France Air (France)

  • Aldes Group (France)


  • June 2021 ROCKWOOL, the company is building a new manufacturing facility in France. This strategic investment is focused for extended capacity to meet the rising demand of insulation products.

  • June 2021 – FRD manufactured and installed by Firesafe Fire Rated Ductwork Ltd, at a Nando’s Restaurant by the firm’s strategic partner, Caswell Engineering / Caswell FRD. The product features properly sized and spaced access doors.


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The global fire rated duct market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market. It focuses on key aspects, such as competitive landscape, leading companies, product/service types, and leading product applications. Besides, the report offers insights into the current market trends and highlights key industry developments resulting from primary and secondary research studies. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses the analysis of several key factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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Type, Shape, Penetration, Application, Region

By Type

  • Galvanized Steel Duct

  • Aluminum (Al) Duct

  • Flexible Duct

  • Fabric Duct

  • Others (PVC Duct, etc.)

By Shape

  • Round

  • Half Round

  • Square/Rectangular

  • Triangular

  • Others (Customized, etc.)

By Penetration

  • Walls

  • Floor

  • Decks

  • Others

By Application

  • Public Facilities

  • Commercial Facilities

  • Industrial Facilities

  • Others (Government Buildings etc.)

By Region

  • North America (By Type, Shape, Penetration, Application and Country)

    • U.S.

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe (By Type, Shape, Penetration, Application and Country)

    • Germany

    • France

    • U.K.

    • Russia

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Benelux

    • Nordics

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, Shape, Penetration, Application and Country)

    • China

    • Japan

    • South Korea

    • India

    • ASEAN

    • Oceanic

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Middle East & Africa (By Type, Shape, Penetration, Application and Country)

    • Turkey

    • Israel

    • GCC

    • South Africa

    • North Africa

    • Rest of Middle East and Africa

  • South America (By Type, Shape, Penetration, Application and Country)

    • Brazil

    • Argentina

    • Rest of South America

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the market value stood at USD 2,212.1 million in 2020.

In 2028, the market is expected to be worth USD 3,165.3 million.

Asia Pacific stood at USD 1,033.5 million in 2020.

Based on type, the galvanized duct segment is expected to lead the market segment during the forecast period.

Improving fire stopping for HVAC duct with installing fire rated ducts system is expected to drive the growth of the market

Unifrax, Lindab, DuraSystems, and THERMAFLEX, are the key market players.

Based on shape, the round duct segment is expected to hold the highest share in the market.

Unavailability of proper HVAC systems coupled with below standard installation of fire rated duct concerns across applications would probably restrain the market growth

Growing installation of new HVAC technologies and green buildings is laying foundation for future market growth

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