The HVAC&R market sees considerable growth in EMEA

The HVAC&R market sees considerable growth in EMEA

Eurovent Market Intelligence (EMI), the European Statistics Office for the HVAC&R market, has just published the sales results for 2018 in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The report is based on data collected from more than 300 industry manufacturers. 

Air curtains

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The air-curtain market experienced an increase of 6% in 2018 and sold 83 000 units.

In the European Union, 91% of air curtains were sold in the design, commercial and retail markets, while only 9% were destined for industry and cold rooms.

Units with refrigerant remain less popular for the moment and have a market share of around only 2%.

Air filters

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The growth in the sales of air filters in the EMEA market subsided in 2018, with total sales of around EUR950-million (R15-billion). The two biggest countries, Germany and France, who jointly represent 40% of the market, recorded a slight decrease of around -2%, whereas the United Kingdom and Italy increased by 4%.

Air-handling units

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The European air handling units market reached EUR2.1-billion (R36-billion) after a small increase of 3.3% in 2018. This increase came mainly from four of the biggest European markets: Germany, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Turkey. By contrast, we saw a decline in sales in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the United Kingdom.

On the application side, the European market is dominated by new units, representing 62% of sales, with the remaining 38% being replacements. Air-handling units are used predominantly in offices (21.4%) and in the commercial sector (15.1%).

Chillers

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The chiller market (including reversible) in the EU reached EUR2.2-billion (R38-billion) in 2018, with a 5% increase in units with a capacity greater than 50kW in comparison with the previous year.

In terms of refrigerants used, the market continues to be largely dominated by R410A and R134a. New refrigerant blends (like R-513a) and HFOs (like R-1234ze) still only make up 1% of the units sold in Europe.

Fan-coil units

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The fan-coil market was relatively stagnant in Europe between 2017 and 2018, levelling at about 1.35 million units. By contrast, the EU experienced an increase of 4.6%.

The most dynamic types of fan coils were cassette and wall models, as well as four-pipe units. However, the market remains dominated by ‘two-pipe’ units (73% of models).

Heat exchangers

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The European market continued to grow in 2018, reaching around EUR940-million (R16-billion). This increase has been driven by the main European markets: Germany, Italy, France and Spain, which recorded 10% growth.

The rest of the market is composed of evaporative coolers, condensers and CO2 gas-air heat exchangers.

Rooftop units

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The European rooftop unit market experienced a decrease of more than 12% in 2018. Turkey remained dominant, representing an increase of 4%. Despite declining by 15.3%, 17.4% and 6.1% respectively, France, Italy and Spain remain the next three largest European markets.

Medium-capacity units (between 17 and 120kW) represent 75% of sales in Europe. Reversible rooftop units remain the preferred type in Europe, dominating about 70% of the market. Cooling-only units also seem to have gained ground, accounting for almost 17% of sales.

The IT cooling sector

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The IT cooling market rose to EUR427-million (R7.1-billion) in the EMEA region in 2018, comprising:

  • 58% room air conditioners also computer room air conditioners (CRAC);
  • 19% self-contained air conditioners (row and RACK coolers);
  • 10% mobile TLCs; and
  • 13% AHUs.

The biggest markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Russia.

Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioning systems

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The VRF market reached 216 135 units sold in Europe in 2018, representing an increase of around 7% in comparison to 2017. The principal markets in Europe are, in order of size:

  • Turkey;
  • France;
  • Italy; and
  • Spain.

Combined units sold in principal markets totalled 108 744.

In terms of the market segmentation, there was an increase in high-capacity VRFs with units with a capacity of more than 50kW rising from 11.2% to 14.1% in 2018. This trend went together with a predominance of top flow units, which comprised around 60% of the units sold. As for interior units, the market remains oriented towards cassette units, then duct units and wall units, even though significant variations exist across countries.

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Residential heat recovery ventilation units

The market reached EUR408.8-million (R6.8-billion) in 2018 in the European Union. Of the units sold in Europe, 29% had a flow rate of less than 100m3/h and 38% had a flow rate of more than 250m3/h.

Chilled beams

The chilled-beams market has once again decreased by 6% – falling to EUR54.4-million (R915-million) in 2018.

Active chilled beams, which constitute 93% of sales, remain the most used in Europe. Among these, 76% are integrated and 24% are autonomous.

Cooling towers

The European cooling-towers market grew by 16% in 2018 to reach EUR131.3-million (R2.2-billion). Five countries represent two-thirds of the European market: Germany, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Poland. These countries have seen an increase in sales, the highest being recorded in Poland where the growth reached 25%.

However, the market only increased in Russia between 2017 and 2018.

Pool dehumidifiers

Despite an increase of 26% the amount of contributions received for the report, the single-flow pool dehumidifiers market declined by 15% in 2018 in the EMEA zone. France and Germany still constitute the principal single-flow markets with almost 40% of sales.

**Read the full Report in the October issue of RACA Journal.** 


 


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