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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI6826
  • Pages :142
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  • Industry : Energy

Market Size and Trends

The global industrial insulation market is estimated to be valued at USD 4.29 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 6 Bn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% from 2024 to 2031.

Industrial Insulators Market Key Factors

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The industrial insulation market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Rising energy costs across major industries, such as petrochemicals, oil & gas, power generation, and cement, is encouraging end users to focus on energy efficiency through the optimum utilization of insulation systems. Furthermore, stringent government regulations regarding energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities is further promoting the utilization of insulation systems. Manufacturers are hence increasingly developing innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective insulation solutions to cater to the growing demand. Significant investments by major economies in the expansion of their oil & gas and petrochemical industries will also drive the consumption of insulation materials in the coming years.

Rising adoption of energy efficiency standards and regulations

With growing environmental concerns and increasing focus on reducing carbon emissions, many countries and organizations have implemented stringent regulations mandating higher levels of energy efficiency in industrial facilities and operations. Industrial insulation plays a crucial role in improving energy efficiency by reducing heat transfer and thermal bridging. It helps lower energy costs significantly by minimizing energy losses. Various governments around the world have passed legislations that industrial and commercial facilities must meet certain insulation standards to minimize heat gain and loss. For instance, according to the data published on December 7, 2023, the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) sets minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings including industrial and commercial facilities. According to the same source, Each Member State would adopt its own national trajectory to reduce the average primary energy use of residential buildings by 16% by 2030 and 20-22% by 2035. This is driving greater demand for advanced insulation materials that can help organizations comply with the new energy efficiency protocols. Major industries like oil & gas, petrochemical, power, and manufacturing have to abide by these regulations and optimize insulation levels, thereby promoting the increased adoption of high-performance insulation systems. The enforcement of stricter policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel usage is expected to continue supporting the industrial insulation market growth.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Industrial Insulators Market Concentration By Players

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Growing investments in process industry infrastructure

Rising industrial activities have fuelled significant investments in new plants, machinery, and infrastructure expansion activities across major process industries. The oil and gas, petrochemical, power, mining, and other core sectors are spending heavily on setting up new production facilities to meet the burgeoning demand. At the same time, existing manufacturing setups also require the revamping and upgrading of their facilities at regular intervals. All such new construction and renovation projects involve extensive installation of insulation systems for thermal management, corrosion protection, personnel safety as well as compliance with energy codes. Growing investments in expanding production capacities and building new process plants augur well for sustained demand for industrial insulation from the infrastructure perspective. For instance, according to data published by the International Energy Agency report on July 11, 2023, the operations of buildings account for 30% of the global final energy consumption and 26% of the global energy-related emissions (8% being direct emissions in buildings and 18% indirect emissions from the production of electricity and heat used in buildings). Prominent industry players are also continuously carrying out major capital expenditure towards insulation retrofitting and recoating works at their operational sites leading to recurring sales opportunities.

Industrial Insulators Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Stringent environmental regulations & Availability of substitute materials

The global industrial insulation market faces several challenges. Stringent environmental regulations globally are increasing costs of compliance for insulation materials. Also, developing nations have lower acceptance and enforcement of such regulations currently. Availability of substitute materials offering similar functionality at lower costs also poses a threat. Maintaining quality standards and focusing on new areas of insulation needs will be the key to sustain growth.

Market Opportunities: Growing Industrialization and Construction Activities

The market sees significant opportunities too. Growing industrialization and construction activities in emerging economies will boost demand. Also, increasing focus on energy efficiency is raising the usage of insulation in process industry equipment and facilities. Substitution of aging infrastructure in developed nations necessitates insulation upgrades. Developing innovative materials catering to customized project needs would open up new revenue streams.

Industrial Insulators Market By Form

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Insights, By Form: Durable construction drives the dominance of pipe insulation

In terms of form, the pipe segment contributes 37.8% share of the global industrial insulation market owing to its durable construction and versatility. Pipe insulation provides critical protection for various piping infrastructure used across industries. Pipes frequently carry high temperature fluids and gases, requiring robust insulation to prevent heat transfer. Compared to other forms, pipe insulation can withstand frequent vibration and movement within complex piping systems. It is designed to remain securely attached to piping surfaces without degradation over long usage periods. Various cladding and wrapping techniques provide pipe insulation superior resistance to moisture, chemicals, and other environmental factors.

Insights, By Material: Mineral wool thermally outperforms with cost benefits

In terms of material, mineral wool accounts for 36.5% share of the global industrial insulation market owing to its excellent thermal insulation capabilities and cost-effectiveness. Mineral wool is created by spinning or blowing slag or rock and clay into fine fibers. It performs well as an insulation material due to its highly porous, fibrous structure trapping small pockets of air. This achieves superior thermal resistance with low density and heat transfer properties comparable to rigid foam insulations. Additionally, mineral wool offers cost benefits over alternatives. It exhibits durability through resistance to corrosion, rotting, decay and vermin/pest damage. This longevity lowers total costs of ownership in comparison to plastic foams with shorter replacement intervals. Mineral wool production also utilizes abundant, affordable raw material inputs versus expensive petroleum feedstock for plastic foams. Overall thermal performance combined with lowest total cost of ownership drive mineral wool's widespread use in industrial insulation applications.

Insights, By Application: Refining and petrochemical sector heat mitigation needs

In terms of application, the petrochemical and refineries segment contribute 38.2% share in the global industrial insulation market due to their extensive heat mitigation requirements. Petrochemical and oil refining activities involve numerous exothermic cracking, reforming, and chemical reactions producing large amounts of waste heat. High process temperatures, occasionally exceeding 600°C, are also common across units from distillation columns to reactors and furnaces. Effective insulation is therefore vital across refineries and petrochemical plants to regulate internal equipment temperatures, prevent heat losses and protect personnel. Specific units like fractionators, heat exchangers, and pipes transporting high heat fluids face greatest insulation needs. Energy savings from reducing heat transfer translate directly into substantial cost savings for these capital-intensive industries focused on optimization.

Regional Insights

Industrial Insulators Market Regional Insights

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North America currently dominates the global industrial insulation market along with 39.6% market share. This can be attributed to the region's strong presence of manufacturing industries across sectors such as oil & gas, power generation, cement, and chemicals. The region is home to some of the largest players in these industries such as ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, and General Electric. This well-established industrial base demands significant volumes of insulation materials to achieve operational efficiency by regulating temperature in equipment and piping lines.

Another important factor for North America's dominance is its well-defined regulatory environment pertaining to energy conservation. Strict guidelines around emissions norms and energy efficiency standards have compelled industrial players in the region to invest heavily in insulation solutions. Replacing and upgrading aging insulation infrastructure also contributes additional demand. Given the scale and purchasing power of players in the regional industries, key insulation suppliers achieve significant market penetration. They are also able to sustain competitive pricing for product offerings here compared to other regions.

The Asia Pacific region has emerged as the fastest growing market for industrial insulation. This growth can be primarily attributed to the massive industrial expansion underway in countries like China and India. Both nations are witnessing aggressive capacity additions across major energy-intensive industries such as power, iron & steel and cement to cater to rising domestic demand as economies develop. Given the developing status of these industries, much of the new capacity addition demands complete insulation solutions during construction. This insulates Asia Pacific from the risks of saturation facing mature markets.

Market Report Scope

Industrial Insulators Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 4.29 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 4.9% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 6 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Form: Pipe, Blanket, Board, Others
  • By Material: Mineral Wool, Calcium Silicate, Others (Plastic Foams, etc.)
  • By Application: Power Generation , Petrochemical & Refineries , EIP Industries , LNG/LPG , Others 
Companies covered:

Owens Corning, SAINT-GOBAIN (ISOVER), Johns Manville, Rockwool, Nichias Corporation, Knauf Insulation, Promat (Etex), Armacell International SA, Aerofoam USA LLC, Insulcon B.V., Beipeng Building Materials Group Co.,LTD., Cabot Corporation, GlassRock, NMC International SA, PGF Insulation Sdn Bhd, Arabian Fiberglass Insulation Co., Ltd., Aspen Aerogels, Inc.

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising adoption of energy efficiency standards and regulations
  • Growing investments in process industry infrastructure 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Stringent environmental regulations & Availability of substitute materials
  • High operational costs

Key Developments

  • In October 2022, The Knauf Group invested around EUR 135 million (~USD 133.4 million) in Knauf Insulation's facility in Tarnaveni, Romania, along with upgrading the existing plant, which was bought earlier this year, increasing its ability to produce mineral wool (insulation) across Central and Eastern By 2024, the new facility should be finished.
  • In March 2021, The ENERMAXTM 6 carbon nanotube (CNT) new series was introduced by Cabot Corporation. The most recent addition to the company's collection of high-performance CNTs are these nanotubes. It is now the most conductive multi-walled product owing to its high aspect ratio.
  • In July 2021, Rockwool Manufacturing has launched commercial stone wool insulation products. The revolutionary plant is the first post-pandemic increase in stone wool insulation manufacturing capacity in North America and produces ROCKWOOL's stone wool insulation for the residential, commercial, and industrial applications.
  • In November 2022, BEWI strengthened its insulation solutions product portfolio in Spain and expanded its geographic reach by acquiring Aislamientos y Envases SL, a Spain-based insulation company that offers EPS-based products for industrial and packaging applications.
  • *Definition: The global industrial insulation market involves the manufacturing and sales of various insulation materials that help reduce heat transfer in infrastructure, equipment, and applications in various industries like power generation, oil & gas and petrochemical, mining, transportation, and other manufacturing processes. Insulation materials like stone wool, glass wool, calcium silicate, cellular glass, foam glass, elastomeric foam, and others provide thermal and acoustic insulation and help lower energy costs, improve safety, reduce emissions, and protect workers and among others.

Market Segmentation

  • Form Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • Pipe
    • Blanket
    • Board
    • Others
  •  Material Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • Mineral Wool
    • Calcium Silicate
    • Others (Plastic Foams, etc.)
  •  Application Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • Power Generation
    • Petrochemical & Refineries
    • EIP Industries
    • LNG/LPG
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Owens Corning
    • Johns Manville
    • Rockwool
    • Nichias Corporation
    • Knauf Insulation
    • Promat (Etex)
    • Armacell International SA
    • Aerofoam USA LLC
    • Insulcon B.V.
    • Beipeng Building Materials Group Co.,LTD.
    • Cabot Corporation
    • GlassRock
    • NMC International SA
    • PGF Insulation Sdn Bhd

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of Industrial Insulation Market is projected to be 4.9% from 2024 to 2031.

Rising adoption of energy efficiency standards and regulations and growing investments in process industry infrastructure are the major factor driving the growth of Industrial Insulation Market.

Stringent environmental regulations & Availability of substitute materials and High operational costs are the major factor hampering the growth of Industrial Insulation Market.

In terms of Form, Pipe, estimated to dominate the market revenue share 2024.

Owens Corning, SAINT-GOBAIN (ISOVER), Johns Manville, Rockwool, Nichias Corporation, Knauf Insulation, Promat (Etex), Armacell International SA, Aerofoam USA LLC, Insulcon B.V., Beipeng Building Materials Group Co.,LTD., Cabot Corporation, GlassRock, NMC International SA, PGF Insulation Sdn Bhd, Arabian Fiberglass Insulation Co., Ltd., Aspen Aerogels, Inc. are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the Industrial Insulation Market.

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