The global high temperature insulation market size was valued at USD 6,337 million in 2021 and is expected to reach a valuation of USD 10,044 million by 2030. The market is growing at a CAGR of 5% during the forecast period (2022–2030). High temperature insulation is an insulating material that protects against extremely high temperatures and is used in various applications, including manufacturing, automobiles, electrical appliances, and machining. High temperature insulation is used in multiple sectors to carry out critical operations, manufacture goods and components, and assure optimum, cost-effective performance.
Insulation is critical for controlling heat transfer. High temperature insulation cuts the amount of energy required to raise temperatures while also protecting those close to the heat source from harm. Ceramic fiber and calcium silicate are two high-temperature insulating materials often used in industrial applications. High temperature insulation materials have many significant features: low thermal conductivity is required, which means heat travels slower. They also need surface emissivity to emit energy as thermal radiation efficiently.
Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial facilities have become a significant concern worldwide, as they have a variety of adverse effects on public health and the environment. In recent years, this pollution has contributed to climate change. CO2 emissions account for more than 80% of the greenhouse gases generated in the United States, according to reports from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Several economies have been alerted to the need to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from industrial regions.
As a result, governments and social authorities worldwide have enforced the use of critical components in industrial facilities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
CO2 emissions trap solar energy in the atmosphere and are the principal cause of global warming. Weather patterns, water supply, and the growing season for food crops are all affected. Also, coastal populations are being damaged as sea levels rise due to rising carbon dioxide emissions around the world. To address this issue, industrial establishments worldwide have begun to implement increased carbon dioxide-reducing products in their operations. As a result, the high-temperature insulation market is expected to grow throughout the forecast period.
Insulated panels, claddings, insulated roofs, integrated solar panels, heat pumps, and other insulation materials are employed in industrial structures. The primary source of CO2 emissions is the combustion of fossil fuels. The energy and cement manufacturing industries in important economies play an essential role in the high levels of CO2 emissions. As a result, strict CO2 emission rules are expected to enhance the usage of high-temperature insulating products in the near future.
Insulation is one of the cheapest and safest ways to save energy. Placing exterior insulation on industrial equipment, such as continuously running brick wall furnaces, increases heat storage capacity and adjusts the average temperature. Other insulation advantages include pipe frost protection at low ambient temperatures, acoustic insulation in large-scale factories to reduce machine noise, and mechanical damage to pipework and other components. Insulation can protect equipment and support in attaining extremely hot or low temperatures while reducing the danger of accidents.
Moisture permeability is an essential metric in cryogenic engineering because it might affect the insulation's thermal conductivity. The oil and gas sector and chemical factories convey their products by vehicles or huge, high-quality pipes. Perlite is used to insulate tanks and containers to transport flammable liquids and high-performance chemicals to preserve their original qualities.
Industrial equipment and building with adequate insulation and thermal mass have an energy-efficient and cost-effective design, eliminating a heating system and lowering running costs. Insulation products that improve the life cycle and thus the efficiency of a product are being developed by manufacturers.
Alumina, silica, lime, reinforcing fibers, fiberglass, CMS wool, ceramic fibers, polycrystalline fiber, and other raw materials are commonly used to manufacture high-temperature insulation. Most of the above-mentioned raw materials come from natural sources, such as crude oil. As a result, fluctuating crude oil costs are a major stumbling block to the insulation market's growth.
Also, political unrest in crucial crude oil-producing economies such as Qatar, Libya, and Iraq is projected to depress crude oil prices further. The EU and the US have imposed economic limitations on Russia, one of the world's top natural oil producers. This is expected to have an adverse influence on crude oil prices.
The international market for crude oil makes it difficult for producers to determine the best pricing for insulating materials. As a result, there's a chance that other insulation material sectors will gain market share. The Gulf countries, which include Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, produce most of the world's crude oil. Political unrest in these countries contributes significantly to the volatility of crude oil prices.
Also, due to its dynamic nature, crude oil's widespread use in a variety of applications, as well as the demand-supply balance, crude oil prices are expected to fluctuate. The cost of raw materials accounts for half of the insulation manufacturing cost. As a result, the fluctuation in raw materials prices is likely to impede the global high temperature insulation market growth over the forecast period.
Insulation's primary goal is to prevent/minimize thermal energy losses to save energy. On the other hand, insulation supports in a variety of ways, including providing more precise control of process temperatures and product protection, preventing condensation on cold surfaces and the resulting corrosion, and reducing the production of condensate in the steam pipeline providing fire protection and vibration absorption.
The high-temperature application range is 600°F to 1500°F, and it is often used in stacks, boilers, turbines, breechings, exhausts, incinerators, and other high-temperature applications. The most significant temperature for which insulation is employed is 2300°F, and for temperatures above 2300°F, refractory is typically used in applications such as melting furnaces.
Industrial furnaces, ovens, and pipes all benefit from high-temperature insulation. These can be found in a variety of sectors and thermal-processing plants. In addition, pipes and equipment must be insulated according to the application's requirements. Petrochemicals, iron and steel, cement manufacture, offshore, power generation, aluminum, and construction are a few industries that employ these commodities.
As a result of the factors above, the demand for high-temperature insulation materials for insulation applications is forecast to rise in the future years.
COVID-19 outbreak had wreaked havoc on the world economy, hitting all sectors, including mining. Underground development and stope preparation in mining projects were delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related contingencies. Also, several governments had enforced total lockdown in various countries, resulting in the stoppage of power generation and mining operations, which significantly impacted the market for high-temperature insulation materials.
According to Mexico's mining chamber, the country's mining output dropped by roughly 17% in 2020. Also, mining activities have been harmed by isolated breakouts and government-mandated shutdowns, reducing the market growth for high-temperature insulation materials during the pandemic.
The post-pandemic phase will be significant for the global high temperature insulation market. The recovery can be hindered by supply chain disruptions, which will affect the market dynamics and the prices of the product. Furthermore, distribution and transportation capabilities restrictions, unfavorable financial conditions, and ascended expenses will challenge the global market. Also, limited production, support operations, labor shortages, and constraints for other end-user sectors, suppliers, and vendors may fail to meet the consumer demand. Overall, the recovery will be challenging for the global high temperature insulation market.
The global high temperature insulation market share has been classified based on the product, application, and regions.
The high temperature insulation market has been segmented into ceramic fiber, insulating firebrick, calcium silicate, and others based on product. The ceramic fiber product segment is expected to dominate the global market, and it is projected to reach USD 6,713 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period.
Due to its capacity to resist thermal shock and tolerate high temperatures, ceramic fiber is helpful as an insulating material. Ceramic fiber has a high temperature tolerance, is cost-effective, adaptable, and easy to customize, and hence has a significant demand in the high temperature insulation industry.
Rising global demand for crude oil is expected to result in a rise in the fleet of crude oil carriers, which will drive up demand for ceramic fiber in the manufacturing of large carriers. Also, due to its high end-use use in the petrochemical industry, the product increases in need.
Based on application, the high temperature insulation market has been segmented into petrochemicals, ceramics, glass, cement, iron & steel, refractory, powder metallurgy, aluminum, and others. The petrochemicals application segment is expected to dominate the global market, and it is projected to reach USD 4,128 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 7% during the forecast period.
The petrochemical industry uses pipelines and containers for separation, blending, and molecule addition in various processes such as natural oil separation, crude oil cracking, alkylation, and isomerization. This necessitates the handling and transportation of refined oil at high temperatures, which must be managed and dissipated without fail.
As high heat-emitting materials are required in refining and oil processing processes, this is likely to increase demand for insulating products such as ceramic fibers and silicate. Also, the rising demand for petrochemical feedstocks such as plastics, synthetic rubber, and fertilizer is propelling the development of high-temperature insulation.
The global high temperature insulation market share has been segregated into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Central, and South America, and the Middle East and Africa.
With a market value of USD 5,593 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6%, the Asia-Pacific is expected to be the largest high-temperature insulation market. Due to fast urbanization and industrialization trends in key developing nations such as India, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, the Asia-Pacific high temperature insulation market is likely to grow significantly over the forecast period.
This is primarily due to rising population and large-scale expenditures by governments and businesses to increase production capacity in numerous end-use industries such as glass, cement, iron and steel, and ceramics in response to rising demand. Demand for the product is set to grow during the forecast period in countries such as China, Japan, and Australia, owing to increased attention and restrictions on energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and carbon footprint reduction.
With an expected market value of USD 1,822 million by 2030, Europe is the second-largest market for high-temperature insulation, registering a CAGR of 4%. Over the forecast period, the European high temperature insulation market is expected to flourish. This might be linked to the region's growing industrialization tendency and many European Union (EU) efforts aimed at improving industrial energy efficiency. Also, European countries are heavily investing in the research and development of new industrial technologies, significantly improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and reaching high output levels.