The global electric drives market size to cross USD 29 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period. The global market is expected to grow during the forecast period with the growth in industrial production, enhancement in technological advancement, increase in urbanization, and expansion of industries. Owing to the high energy cost associated with industrial motors, several players in end-user industries are focusing on incorporating energy-efficient techniques. Electric drives are one such variety of technology that delivers a highly-efficient production process at a low cost. As the electricity consumption is the major cost component across end-user industries, the demand for electric drives is expected to increase at a considerable rate during the forecast period. Furthermore, the increasing awareness and stringent government regulations on energy savings are fueling the demand for electric drives across the globe.
- The demand for electric drives is anticipated to grow due to increased industrial production and the replacement of worn-out motors with energy-efficient ones for industries.
- Strict government regulations and pollution reduction initiatives are expected to limit oil and gas demand growth, thereby limiting market development during the forecast period.
- The rapidly changing technological environment is expected to adversely affect vendors as continual innovations and upgrades according to schemes and government policies are evolving.
- The chemical industry is likely to grow at promising CAGR as electric motors help to have precise flow controls and achieve energy savings for manufacturers.
GLOBAL ELECTRIC DRIVES MARKET SEGMENTATION
This research report includes a detailed segmentation by
- Product Type
- Sales Channel
INSIGHTS BY PRODUCT TYPE
Alternate current (AC) electric drives held over 80% of the electric drives market share in 2020. The market is highly fragmented due to the presence of several global and regional players. Several incentive programs in the US and European countries for the early replacement of low-efficient electric motors is expected to boost the demand for AC drives. However, these regions could not witness high growth owing to the shift of manufacturing plants of several motor vehicles and electronic appliances to Asian countries. APAC is expected to witness significant growth over the next few years owing to the increasing purchasing power, continuous production of AC motor-driven applications, and developing economies in India, China, and others. Moreover, the recent trend of the industrial internet of things (IIoT), Big Data, and other technological advancements is promoting huge competition in the global market.
Although direct current (DC) drives offer several advantages, they suffer from higher disadvantages than AC ones. Therefore, the adoption is expected to be comparatively low among end-users during the forecast period. The oil & gas industry generates the highest demand for DC drives owing to their high requirement in production facilities and drilling rigs. Moreover, the water & wastewater industry is likely to act as a catalyst in the demand for DC drives. APAC is expected to lead the DC drives market as the region is the hub for the development of electronic components and products catering to several industries during the forecast period.
INSIGHTS BY VOLTAGE
The demand for low-voltage electric drives is driving by increased applications in several end-user industries and the ability to be cost efficient. However, strict government regulations regarding the application are favorably affecting the market growth. Retrofitting activities with regards to low-voltage electric drives are extremely high across industrial as well as commercial enterprises. This, in turn, is expected to boost the demand for low-voltage electric drives during the forecast period. Owing to the increasing implementation of low-energy systems, coupled with easy installation and availability of compact sizes, are the key features driving the electric drives demand.
The marine industry is the major end-user for medium-voltage electric drives and accounts for around 15–20% of the market share. The decreasing cost of drives and advances in semiconductors technology are expected to develop favorable conditions for medium-voltage drive manufacturers. However, these drives require high input voltage, including expensive transformers, which are expensive, thereby hampering the market expansion.
INSIGHTS BY END-USER
The expansion and investments in oil & gas, chemical, mining, and other industries in the Middle East, North America, and APAC are expected to increase electric drives demand in the coming years. Thus, the demand for drives in several industrial applications is anticipated to grow. Further, the current uncertainty over the macro-outlook for the global economy has been reduced by the recent COVID-19 outbreak and has affected the market, thus developing a challenge for the motor market growth in the short term. The end-user industry demand for electric drives has been adversely affected in 2020 on account of the COVID-19 outbreak. Technological advances in drives and industrial revolution are strongly supporting the growth of the industry, however, due to the ongoing pandemic, the demand for metals has become highly uncertain. Owing to the significant usage of drives in several applications in the food processing industry across the globe, the demand for electric drives is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period.
INSIGHTS BY SALES CHANNELS
Direct sales hold a prominent share in the market as they offer scope for strategic partnerships between vendors and OEMs, thereby helping to reduce operational costs for OEMs. APAC and Europe are expected to dominate the share of direct electric drives sales owing to the high popularity of direct selling in the region. However, India and China are expected to witness the highest growth in direct sales owing to rapidly growing industrialization during the forecast period. Indirect sales hold a low share in the market majorly due to increased operational cost and rising awareness of traceability among buyers. Indirect networks relieve the manufacturer from start-up expenses, they are better to handle than direct delivery networks.
INSIGHTS BY GEOGRAPHY
APAC accounts for the highest share of the global electric drive market due to rapidly increasing urbanization and industrialization in the region. Continuous industrial automation in manufacturing, construction, power generation, and mining end-users are significantly increasing, which is increasing the application of electric drives. Urbanization and industrialization in emerging countries such as India, China, and other countries in Southeast Asia are driving the demand for vehicles, which, in turn, is boosting the demand for electric drives from the automotive industry. However, the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic affected the growth prospects of the industry. The growth in China witnessed a decline from around 6% in 2019 to 1–1.5% by the end of 2020. The production in chemical manufacturing units in China declined by over 15–20% in 2020, which is expected to negatively impact the demand for electric drives from the chemical & petrochemical industry. Similarly, the oil & gas industry has been one of the most adversely affected globally and oil & gas production in the APAC region has been badly hit. However, post-COVID the global economy, as well as the production in end-user industries, is expected to recover, which is likely to drive the demand for electric drives.
INSIGHTS BY VENDORS
Siemens, ABB, Schneider Electric, Emerson Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, and Danfoss are the major vendors in the global electric drive market. These vendors offer high-quality reliable devices with technological advancement. However, the cost of drives remains high face intense competition from small vendors that provide low-quality products at an inexpensive price. The competition is likely to intensify due to the rise in merger and acquisition activities. Major vendors are expected to acquire small- and medium-scale vendors to enhance their market presence and expand their product portfolios.
The electric drives market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue and forecast insights for the following segments:
- Metal & Mining
- Oil & Gas
- Power Generation
- Water & Wastewater
- Paper & Pulp
- Rubber & Plastic
- Forestry & Woodwork
- North America
- South Korea
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- Rest of Middle East