The global desiccant air breather market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 4.77% between 2017–2027.
A drying agent, such as a desiccant air breather, removes moisture from the air. The equipment's primary function is to dry the air before entering the reservoir. When air is contaminated by water or dirt, a desiccant air breather can assist machinery work more efficiently by preventing harm caused by undesired elements. Surface degradation is the most prevalent cause of equipment and machinery loss. Corrosion and mechanical wear caused by dirt and moisture entering the machine leads to surface degradation.
Desiccant air breathers are available in various sizes and designs. They can create a completely sealed interior or exterior moisture filter to remove hazardous moisture from the air. The desiccant air breather, which absorbs dirt and moisture from outside the machine, is primarily made of silica gel.
Due to the growing population and urbanization, the utility sector is likely to be the most extensive segment. Transformers are foreseen to be used more readily in the industry than other items. Increased demand for power generation, particularly in the utility sector, stimulates the use of desiccant air breathers. Therefore, the need to prevent energy loss will likely raise the utility companies' demand.
Companies can accomplish this by designing electrical devices that prevent moisture from entering the system and causing internal corrosion. Internal corrosion reduces the efficiency of the electrical grid, resulting in more energy loss, wear and tear, and higher maintenance costs. Such losses are not cost-effective or sustainable for any firm, including utilities. Desiccant air breathers are a viable solution for these issues.
Desiccant air breathers are not a one-time solution—they should be supplanted over time, usually six months, which increases the expense of maintaining the machinery. Further, to update these filters, the end-use industries require a temporary shutdown that reduces the production capacity.
Worn-out filters cannot sift debris, causing corrosion in the machine. Neglecting the filters can compromise the quality of the end product. Therefore, these factors will likely hamper the demand for desiccant air breathers.
Desiccant air breathers are becoming the most preferred solution in industrial and agricultural contexts. They safeguard essential components such as equipment and systems utilized in large-scale storage tanks and oil processing facilities. Further, they boost efficiency and provide smooth operations during new tasks such as chemical supply filling.
In addition, the growing use of desiccant air breathers in vacuum pumps and other heavy industrial equipment fuels market expansion. Industries that employ heavy equipment rely on desiccant air breathers to improve their shelf life. This contributes to the growing demand for desiccant air breathers by small and large corporations all over the world today.
The manufacturing industry was severely harmed due to government restrictions and the closure of international borders, which briefly halted cross-border trade. Production was suspended as a result of the closure of major industries. The sale of desiccant air breathers has decreased due to the lockdown and stringent government regulations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the desiccant air breather industry. The pandemic has impacted the world economy in the middle of the lockdown measures. The global economy is still struggling since desiccant air breathers have been halted worldwide due to widespread uncertainty caused by the illness.
The supply chain affected the desiccant air breather market, and raw material supplies decreased due to the global economic slowdown amid the pandemic and a lack of money. Due to a lack of human resources, disruptions in supply chains and financial flow, reduced raw material supplies, and decreased demand from end-users, the pandemic presented a significant dilemma for industry.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for high-quality products is projected to drive market recovery in the desiccant air breather industry. As the economy rebounds from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic's collapse, businesses are working hard to rehire employees. The market for industrial desiccant air breathers is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the economy. It is the largest of the three industrial breathable air markets, with more units shipped last year. The sector has a bright future, but it will only grow if customers have faith in the market.
As the world's population grows and spending on healthcare and personal care rises, demand for desiccant air breathers is likely to increase. Manufacturing and storage facilities, which house enormous reservoirs for storing water and food, ensure that the population has access to clean water and food. As a result, demand for desiccant air breathers is likely to rise as the world's population grows.
Silica content is a gel-based compound used to absorb and manage moisture on breather transformers. It also keeps contaminants out of the equipment and protects it from damage from the elements. Based on silica content, the >3.5 lb. dominates the market with a market share of USD 234.32 million. Further, it is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.53% by 2027.
Based on max. water capacity, the desiccant air breather market is segmented into < 1 fl. oz., 1–5 fl. oz., 5–10 fl. oz., 10–15 fl. oz., 15–20 fl. oz., and > 20 fl. oz. The 10–15 fl. oz. held the largest market share of USD 181.37 million in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.32% by 2027.
The working environment refers to the surrounding in which the equipment is being operated. Based on the working environment, disposable stationary applications held the largest market share of USD 204.15 million in 2021 and are projected to grow at 5.62% by 2027. Disposable stationary applications include gearboxes, fluid reservoirs, transformers, pumps, and storage tanks.
Based on application, the desiccant air breather market is segmented into Gear Boxes, Hydraulic Fluid Reservoirs, Bulk Storage Tanks, Oil-Filled Transformers, and Other Fluid Reservoirs. The gearbox dominated the market with a share of USD 126.47 million in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.44% by 2027.
Increased air pollution, particularly in industrial areas, has reduced the life of manufacturing machines and equipment, leading to an increased usage of various filtration technologies in and around the facility. This is projected to be a significant driver of the desiccant air breather market in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. By end-use, industrial and manufacturing accounted for 57.72% in 2021 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.35% by 2027.
Asia-Pacific led the desiccant air breather market with a share of USD 217.42 million and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.89% by 2027. The benefits of desiccant air breathers, such as removing dust and other contaminants from the air and preventing moisture buildup, drive their use.
The potential benefits of desiccant air breathers in various end-use applications such as Construction and Mining Equipment, Minerals and Metals Processing, Material Handling and Hoisting Equipment, and Industrial and Manufacturing, among others, are expected to drive the growth of the desiccant air breather market in the Asia-Pacific region.
North America is the second-largest region with a share of USD 176.78 million. Rising demand for energy-efficient machinery, as well as government assistance and policies to reach the needed energy efficiency standards, are driving the North American desiccant air breather market. Rising spending on desiccant air breather upgrades is projected to propel the market forward. Factors such as greater attention on product safety, growing concern about climate change, and increased emphasis on creating green products will boost the desiccant air breather market.
Some of the key players in the global desiccant air breather market are Bosch Rexroth Corporation, US Lubricants, Des-Case, Donaldson Company Inc., Drytech Inc., Lubrication Engineers, Eaton, Heritage-Crystal Clean, and Pall Corporation.