A typical air separation unit/plant divides the atmospheric air into the three pure gaseous components of nitrogen (N2), oxygen (O2) and argon (Ar). Moreover, the plant separates other rare inert gases (krypton, xenon, helium, neon) through cryogenic rectification of air.
The air separation techniques used, around the world, are constantly being re-engineered. The ongoing optimization efforts are aimed at raising the overall operating efficiencies and increasing the production capacity that is possible with a single air separation unit, to reduce the energy consumption and high capital costs associated the oxygen and nitrogen production. The active R&D activities are being carried out to increase distillation and filtration capabilities.
There are two types of plants involved in the process of separating air into various components, i.e. cryogenic air separation units and non-cryogenic air separation units. The cryogenic air separation processes are used in medium to large scale plants to produce nitrogen, oxygen, argon and other atmospheric gases in liquid or gaseous form. It is the most typical and largest process segment of air separation unit market. The primary factors for the selection of cryogenic process, over other process technology, are low capital and operating expenditure, ease of operation, low maintenance cost, plant and component reliability, process control features and relatively higher capacity.
The North American air separation market, based on the type of gases, is segmented into nitrogen, oxygen, argon and others. Nitrogen used to improve oil & gas recovery. One of the drivers for nitrogen demand is the expansion of planned LNG terminals in the region. Nitrogen has heavy usage at every stage of LNG supply chain, which involves purging, chilling and liquefaction of natural gas; and inerting the LNG during shipboard transportation. The increasing establishments of commercial gasification facilities will have massive oxygen requirements. Moreover, developments in the Oxyfuel Combustion process are expected to drive demand for tonnage oxygen, during 2017-2022 (the forecast period). The efficiency of combustion processes is essential all through the production of iron & steel, oil & gas, non-ferrous metals, brick & concrete and glass.
The North American air separation unit market, based on the end-users, is divided into Oil & Gas Industry, Steel Industry, Chemical Industry, Food & Beverage Industry, Health Care Industry and Other. Among all, the oil & gas industry is one of the biggest contributors to the growth of the air separation unit market, due to the rising demand for enhanced oil & gas recovery from the end applications of oil & gas industry. The steel and food industries are projected to grow at a significant rate, during the forecast period.
The market, based on geographic area, is segmented into US, Mexico and Canada. Natural gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel as its demand is rising at a rate of 1.8% per year. With the favorable government policies for shale gas in North America and the latest approvals of LNG export terminals in 2016, the market is expected to grow. Increased production of shale gas in the US and Canada is driving the demand for nitrogen to enhance the recovery of gas, which in turn, is fueling the growth of air separation unit market. The stringent environmental regulations in countries of the North American region is also driving the market, owing to increased use of pure oxygen over the ambient air to burn coal or natural gas in power stations, to minimize pollution and promote clean technology initiatives. The rising consumer demand for quality, variety and freshness in the US, Mexico and Canada, has increased the demand for food-grade gases primarily nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide, which are used to chill, freeze, and package a variety of food products.
The market for air separation unit is expanding at a rapid pace, however, it is facing some obstacles. Some of the factors that hinder the growth of air separation unit market are high energy consumption, high capital costs, among others.
The Key Players Active in the Global Air Separation Unit Market Are:
Air Liquide S.A.
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc
Universal Industrial Gases
Key Deliverables in the Study
Market overview - market analysis and identification of key drivers, restraints and opportunities
Major trends and economic outlook
Value chain analysis
Porter’s five force analysis
Comprehensive summary on the industry sectors and regions poised for the fastest growth
North American air separation unit market analysis by process type, gases type, country and industries served
Future outlook of the market
Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies
2. Research Methodology
3. Market Overview
3.2 Market Size and Demand Until 2022
3.3 Government Policies and Regulations
3.4 Recent Trends and Developments
4. Market Dynamics
5. Value Chain Analysis
6. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
6.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
6.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
6.3 Threat of New Entrants
6.4 Threat of Substitute Products & Services
6.5 Competitive Rivalry within the Industry
7. North American Air Separation Unit Market Analysis, By Process
7.1 Cryogenic Distillation
7.2 Non-cryogenic Distillation
8. North American Air Separation Unit Market Analysis, By Gas
9. North American Air Separation Unit Market Analysis, By End-User
9.1 Oil & Gas Industry
9.2 Steel Industry
9.3 Chemical Industry
9.4 Food & Beverage Industry
9.5 Health Care Industry
10. North American Air Separation Unit Market Analysis, By Country
10.1 United States
10.3 Rest of North America
11. Key Company Profiles
11.1 Air Liquide S.A.
11.2 Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
11.3 Enerflex Ltd.
11.4 Linde AG
11.5 Praxair, Inc.
11.6 Tri-Gas, Inc.
11.7 Universal Industrial Gases
12. Competitive Landscape
12.1 Mergers & Acquisitions
12.2 Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Agreements
13.1 Contact Us