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Technavio Announces Top Three Trends for the Global Air Filter Market Through 2020

May 5, 2016
By Business Wire News


Technavio’s latest globalair filter market report highlights three key emerging trends predicted to impact market growth through 2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as something that has potential for significant impact on the market and contributes to its growth or decline.

“Various industries and commercial buildings require HVAC systems to suit their needs. Initiatives such as the indoor air quality certification scheme for offices and public places introduced by the Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), have boosted the growth of the air filter market in the past. Thus, guidelines and regulations by various countries and concern for better IAQ continue to be some of the major drivers for the cabin air filter market,” said Anju Ajaykumar, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for tools and components.

Technavio’s market research study identifies the following three emerging trends expected to propel the global air filter market:

  • Penetration of AMC and HEPA filters in microelectronics industry
  • Growing concern over IAQ in buildings
  • Rising sales of air pollution masks in Asia

Penetration of AMC and HEPA filters in microelectronics industry

Technology nodes in the semiconductor industry have reached the 14 nm size and below, in the most advanced semiconductor fabs segment. Node is the smaller critical dimension (CD) that can be printed into patterns by lithography processes to form a transistor, which is the most crucial component in any electronic device. Smaller the dimension, the more densely packed the information and better the performance of the microelectronic equipment, a fact that is crucial for consumers when upgrading their electronic devices with faster processors.

In order to manufacture at this scale of miniaturization, laboratories and facilities must be equipped with AMC filters. AMC filters control contaminants in the entire fab to protect process equipment and wafers from getting damaged by airborne molecular contamination. HEPA/ULPA are some other filters that are commonly used to achieve maximum compliance with cleanroom air quality standards. The manufacture of solar panels, flat panel displays, and hard disks are other areas where AMC and HEPA filters are used in order to maintain the indoor air quality to achieve a contamination-free environment.

Growing concern over IAQ in buildings

Pollutions levels have affected outdoor as well as indoor air quality. Recent developments in construction materials have resulted in the use of more synthetics and composites, which adversely affect indoor air quality. Another source of pollution within buildings is radiation from computers and copiers. Though radical developments in technology and construction materials have improved lifestyles in terms of better productivity and time savings, one downside is the declining quality of indoor air.

Poor IAQ has led to health issues such as sick building syndrome, building-related illnesses, and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or environmental illness. These factors have resulted in the framing of new guidelines and regulations for commercial buildings, which has accelerated the demand for better air filters in HVAC systems used in commercial buildings. Furthermore, growth in construction activities in the US and massive resurgence in urban infrastructure construction activities in APAC are also expected to fuel the growth of air filters.

Rising sales of air pollution masks in Asia

China and India will soon become the fastest growing economies in the world. An increase in fuel consumption becomes inevitable in order to sustain this high growth rate. Since fossil fuels dominate the primary energy mix in both these countries, it has led to a massive rise in the pollution level. Despite efforts being taken to control the pollution level, related fatalities are increasing rapidly in both countries. In China and India, air pollution is responsible for around 55% of premature deaths amounting to approximately three million casualties annually.

The sale of air filter masks surged in China in November and December 2015 when many northern cities were covered with smog, as a resulted of which a red alert was issued in Beijing. The surging sales of air filter masks and alarming pollution levels have led to the implementation of regulations in the air filter mask market. In China, the first quality standards for air filter masks came into effect on March 1, 2016. This gives an opportunity for international vendors to tap into the potential market.

On the other hand, the particulate matter (PM) level in New Delhi, India, crossed 300 micrograms per cubic meter in 2015, which is 12 times the prescribed level set by the World Health Organization. To tackle this problem, residents are increasingly opting for air filter masks. Vogmask and OnMask have introduced designer masks, which are witnessing zooming sales, and are available in major markets in the city. Pollution masks ranging from USD 1.23-USD 43 are being sold in the market.

Apart from New Delhi, there are many other cities in India where pollution levels are higher than the prescribed safety limits, and this trend is expected to increase with rapid urbanization. Therefore, the sales of air filter masks are expected to surge in the coming years in other cities across India as well.

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