Frost & Sullivan Report Finds Steady Demand for Sanitary Pumps in North America
Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s research on the “North American Pump Market for Sanitary Applications” revealed that the market earned more than $1 billion revenue in 2012 and forecasts it to reach $1.35 billion by 2018. The research is part of the company’s Industrial Automation and Process Control program and discusses centrifugal pumps, circulators and seal-less pumps, and positive displacement pumps. Demand in North America for these advanced pump systems is impacted by end-users’ desire to become more energy efficient, reduce lifecycle costs, and maximize operational efficiency.
Several factors have led to this market growth. Increased consumer spending on processed foods has led to increased demand for sanitary pumps in the food and beverage industry, while technological advances, such as the development of single-use pump systems, have sustained the use of pumps in the pharmaceutical market as well. The pharmaceutical market will also offer added opportunity for pump manufacturers in the coming years as companies produce medicine to meet escalating healthcare demands.
"Benefits such as the minimization of leaks, product damage, and product loss, in addition to improved quality, popularized pump systems in sanitary applications," says Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Research Analyst Sakthi Sobana Pandian. "The large replacement market in North America will continue to aid market growth."
Specific pump types such as peristaltic pumps are rapidly gaining popularity in the food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries for their use of low pressure and ability to handle shear sensitive material. Peristaltic pumps also offer replaceable tubing after use, maintaining sterility and decreasing the downtime inherent in a multi-use system.
"Pump manufacturers must evolve constantly to meet market requirements and develop end-to-end solutions for sanitary processes," says Pandian. "Focusing on niche applications, energy efficiency and product optimization is crucial to widen the North American customer base."
Intelligent pumps offer users real-time feedback on system performance, allowing them to easily identify and locate system glitches. This minimizes the risk of a plant breakdown or downturn and further expands the market scope. The report indicates that the installation rate of these pumps has decreased as several end-user plants relocated to emerging countries with lower associated costs. Economic uncertainties limit investments in sanitary pump R&D, which in turn slows the growth of niche segments.
Source: Frost & Sullivan