Global Statistics Representing Membrane Structure Market Scenario
Membrane structure is a spatial structure made from tensioned membranes. It is lightweight and utilized in a variety of applications such as roofs, canopies, facade enclosures, and interior finishes. Membrane structure uses high strength flexible membrane material and auxiliary structure to produce specific pre-tensioning stress in its interior, and thus forms a particular spatial shape under stress control. Membrane materials have absolute transmittance, which helps reduce lightning intensity during the day and saves energy.
Membrane materials exhibit heat and temperature resistance and meet fire protection requirements. Flexible design, better durability, lightweight, low maintenance, cost benefits, and code compliance make membrane structure an ideal and sustainable building material.
The membrane structure market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 5.4% and likely to be valued at USD 10,664 million by 2026.
As membrane structures are movable, foldable, and modular structures, they play an integral role in various military projects, including base camp & living facility, MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) facilities, forward operating bases, and other public infrastructure. Film & television, corporate, commercial, & social events, hotels, resorts, clubs, and entertainment industries are extensively adopting structural fabric in building sets, and event management, among others. For instance, North America is home to some of the largest stadiums in the world. Its top five biggest stadiums can accommodate over 100,000 people. As compared to other materials such as wood, metals, glass, and concrete, tensile membrane structure offers a unique visual appearance and high energy-efficiency. It assists architects, designers, and engineers in attempting and discovering new solutions. Rapid growth in urbanization has accelerated the need to offer better transportation facilities such as railway stations and airports to aid passenger and trade traffic, which further influences the demand for building materials that can lower costs while facilitating faster installation. For instance, membrane structures are used in Japan’s Tokyo Station Granroof and the U.S.’s Palm Springs International Airport.
Tensile membrane structure, frame membrane structure, and air-supported membrane structure/ pneumatic structure are the three prominent types of membrane structures available in the market. Considering the structural flexibility of frame membranes gained by steel frame or other materials to form roofs or exterior walls, it is significantly used in multiple fields, regardless of the size. Moreover, Governments and private organizations in a bid to increase literacy level are now focusing on better education with excellent infrastructure, which is going to propel the membrane structure market during the forecast period.
Tensile membrane structure provides an alternative over other heavy roofing materials for constructing infrastructure in the retail segment. Air-supported membrane structure/ pneumatic structure is constructed by a continuous supply of air in the range of 60–80mm and ideally has a lifespan of around 20–25 years, which makes it easier to construct at a low price and less time.
On the basis of material, the membrane structure market is categorized into PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) fiberglass, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene film, translucent polyethylene fabric, and others. Polyvinyl chloride is available either as a non-woven or woven material. It is significantly used in construction and industrial sectors to build temporary structures for movie-sets and trade fairs to save costs. PTFE fiberglass is a certified material by Cool Roof Rating Council and Energy Star, due to its capacity to withstand temperatures ranging from around -73°C to 232°C, which makes it an excellent material for builders to provide energy-efficient solutions. The ability of PTFE fiberglass to flex and fold makes it the perfect fit for both demountable and non-demountable permanent structures as a load-bearing architectural element.
The membrane structure market, by application, is segmented into commercial, institutional, recreational, sports facilities, transport, and others. Membrane structures, as a cost-effective alternative, are prominently used in building facades, parking spaces, and entrances. An increasing number of commercial buildings such as malls, airports, and office spaces are likely to spur the demand for membrane structures. Membrane structures are also used in institutional buildings such as universities, hospitals, and museums as they provide shade for additional parking space and student activities while keeping the visual aesthetics intact. A growing population is propelling the demand for sports and transport as well, which in turn is fueling the construction rate of indoor and outdoor stadiums, amphitheaters, auditoriums, railway-stations, and other massive constructions. For instance, the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, UAE, is a sports stadium with around 3700 square meters of PVC membrane. It was one of the host stadiums in the 2017 Football World Cup.
Based on the sales channel, the market is divided into a direct channel and distribution channel. Direct channel involves approaching the customers directly without the involvement of a third party. This channel is not usually profitable as it takes up a significant amount of time to search and convert a client into an active customer. Directly selling to end-users may not be a lucrative business for manufacturers as a large number of small orders can affect the profitability with increased spending on logistics. However, improving product visibility and embedding aesthetically pleasing designs would aid in penetration into niche markets. Most of the companies in the market operate through indirect selling. Some of them also employ a variety of indirect distribution channels such as third-party network, wholesalers, retailers, and value-added resellers.
In North America, Public-private partnerships (PPP) and increased government investments are some of the significant factors which have led to the growth of the mass transit systems. Canada is one of the leading economies in terms of developments in public transport infrastructure. Through the 2017 budget, Canada has proposed to invest around USD 10.1 billion in trade & transportation projects over the next decade. Mexico is anticipated to be one of the largest consumers for membrane structure applications in sports infrastructure. For instance, as per Olympic news, there are around 23 sports venues that are still in use and are likely to undergo maintenance and use tensile and pneumatic membranes. From the past few years, the overall import of recreational boats has significantly increased. For instance, in 2017, the U.S. was one of the largest importers of recreational boats, which held over 13%.
Europe, despite Brexit, n is anticipated to witness steady growth in infrastructure development, owing to the presence of major economies such as Germany, Italy, Spain, and others. The construction sector is of vital importance to Europe as it contributes 10% to the EU GDP and employs over 20 million people, which is likely to increase the use of various types of membrane structures in numerous projects across different sectors.
In Asia-Pacific, improving infrastructures in education and transportation, combined with economic improvement and foreign investments, are expected to favor the regional market growth. India has the largest population that lies in the age bracket of 5–24 years, which has led to significant foreign direct investment of USD 2200 million in the education sector during 2000–2018 to build better schools with attractive infrastructure.
Latin America is home to some of the most significant football participants at an international level, which is the reason why the region has an exceptional number of stadiums. Sports facilities are among the highest consumers of membrane structure and the considerable import of sports equipment in this region is likely to unveil several untapped opportunities.
The Middle East & Africa market is expected to witness a gradual shift to alternative sources of energy such as solar, wind, and water to power a range of devices that are currently running on oil and gas. These developments have pushed major oil-based economies such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia to diversify their sources of income. These countries are now the most lucrative construction hubs in the world and have given way to several commercial projects.
Some of the prominent players in the market are Vector Foiltec, Seele, FLONTEX.EU Sp. z o.o. Sp. k., Novum Structures, Aeronautec GmbH, IASO, Base Structures Limited, Tensoforma Trading s.r.l, Tenso, and BIG SPAN STRUCTURES.
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