The presence of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and engineering procurement contractor (EPC) firms has made the region an attractive destination for European and Asian participants. Expansions and new investments in the oil and gas sector drive the growth of the seals market as companies in this arena strive to raise the bar on productivity levels.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (industrialautomation.frost.com), North American Seals Market, finds that market earned revenues of over $957.0 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $1.24 billion in 2014.
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"There were no significant plant expansions in the United States when compared to other geographies for the last few years," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Deepthi Pamadiparthi. "Hence, oil and gas companies are expanding their facilities and have planned investments for the next few years to cater to the demand for oil and gas. However, over a short term period until mid 2010, the market is expected to experience a declining growth due to current economic turmoil."
Western Canada and Mexico have experienced major growth compared to other regions in North America especially in the oil & gas and power generation sector. These investments will fuel the growth of new pump and equipment installations, augmenting growth in the mechanical seals market.
Power generation through nuclear plants in the United States accounts for 19.0 percent of the overall power generated, and high quality mechanical seals employed in pumps used in nuclear applications offer opportunities for growth. Strong efforts are underway to optimize nuclear power production, and 17 nuclear plants under construction expect to be completed by 2014. This greatly improves the outlook for mechanical as well as rotary seals.
"As nuclear byproducts require protection from the environment, customers will not hesitate to pay premium prices for mechanical seals," says Pamadiparthi. "Also, customers exhibit a preference for the use of sensors to detect pressure drops due to mechanical seals, thus encouraging market participants to develop technology partnerships with local automation vendors."
Demand for newsprint, one of the largest consumers of pulp, has decreased due to the availability of alternate news sources such as internet, and the development of the media and effective communications systems. This has affected the overall pulp industry, increasing consolidation, and curtailing the growth of the mechanical seals market. Manufacturers must turn their attention to new, emerging areas of growth such as biofuels and wind energy to marginalize the impact of this challenge.
Customers place a great importance on lifecycle costs of the seal when choosing either the equipment or the seal. Mechanical seals comprise the weakest part of the pump, and even minor misalignment of the seal on the shaft or improper seals can increase downtime and induce equipment failure. It can also increases leakages, compromising both efficiency and safety. Manufacturers need to address these challenges by offering products with improved reliability and safety while maintaining prices at competitive levels.
"Manufacturers of seals focus on improved materials that adopt suitable techniques to reduce the friction between surfaces or better manufacturing techniques, which result in less energy utilization," says Pamadiparthi. "These enable manufacturers to utilize reduced energy and water for cooling along with reduced maintenance time or downtime to reduce the possibility of failure."
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