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The global membrane air dryers market is growing, due to increasing need for dry and clean air in manufacturing, food and beverage, and medical industries; and increasing several application areas of membrane air dryers. Additionally, the increased adoption by consumers, due to increasing need for improving operational efficiency of a system, in order to decrease the maintenance cost, is also driving the growth of the market. High level of air purification is required in special applications within sectors, such as healthcare, which could be provided by membrane air dryers. This is further supporting the growth of the market in healthcare sector, especially in dentistry.
The membrane air dryers operate without electricity, and so it saves energy. It also enhances the overall system reliability, reduces plant noise, and improves manufacturing processes. The significant problems due to the presence of moisture or water vapor in compressed steam or air engaged in food processing is also supporting the growth of the market. Moreover, the dairy and meat industry also needs to fulfill various hygiene requirements in their food preparation areas. Therefore, membrane air dryers are used to protect air compressors from rust or corrosion in the dairy and meat industry. It also provides enhanced operational efficiency, which is again supporting the growth of the market in these industries.
Two of the major advantages offered by membrane air dryers are eliminating impurities, which may negatively influence the air compressor, thus lowering the dew point of air. The membranes support the air dryers to operate more effectively and extend the life span of the system by reducing the erosion produced by air with extreme moisture content. Among all the products, the porous dryers segment led the market in 2014, and it is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. The porous membrane air dryers are generally chosen over non-porous, due to several benefits offered by them, such as flexibility and high permeability. The dryers which are combined with a coalescing filter delivers peak overall system performance and optimal total cost of ownership, which is further supporting the growth of the market.
On the basis of application, the food and beverage segment is expected to grow with the highest rate during the forecast period. A fundamental assumption is considered, while operating the food processing facilities, as per which, the compressed air can be a source of chemical and microbiological contamination. . This leads to increase in adoption of membrane air dryers in food processing applications. Among all the regions, North America leads the market and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. This is due to increasing demand from food and beverage, medical, and telecommunication sector in the region. Moreover, the regulations and standards governing the food processing sector are also expected to support the growth of the North American market in the coming years.
The manufacturers in the membrane air dryers market are emphasizing on delivering customized end-use solutions for increasing their share in the market. Some of the competitors in the global membrane air dryers market are Gardner Denver Inc., Parker-Hannifin Corporation, SMC Corporation, Walmec S.p.A., Donaldson Company Inc., Industrial Air Power LLC, Puregas LLC, and Wilkerson Corporation.
Global Membrane Air Dryers Market Segmentation