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Dust control systems

In the broadest definition, dust control systems include equipment or systems specially designed to control dust and improve air quality. These systems or devices can be operated either manually or controlled remotely.

There has been a steady rise in the demand for dust control systems across different industries worldwide. The growth of mineral processing industries in India, infrastructure development such as road construction, high rise constructions etc., increasing demand for wet suppressant, and national policies and regulations mandating the use of dust control systems at locations vulnerable to fugitive dust are major factors fueling the demand for dust control systems globally.

However, a lack of strict policies and weak mandates to control dust in some of the developing nations specifically in industries such as crusher plants, chemical plants etc.; and the high cost of dust control equipment such as cyclone filters, WESP etc. in developing nations are factors that hamper growth.

The global dust control market is expected to account for US$ 17.41 Bn in terms of value by the end of 2024, expanding at a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period (2016–2024). Global sales of dust control systems are expected to be valued at US$ 12.3 Bn by the end of 2016, up 4.1% Y-o-Y. The mining sector is estimated to account for a bulk of the demand in the global dust control market by the end of 2016.

North America is expected to account for the highest share of the global dust control market over the forecast period, due to increasing demand from industrial and construction activities.

The market in North America accounts for 29.4% of the global production of dust control systems and is expected to account for a revenue share of 28.2% by the end of 2016, registering Y-o-Y growth of 3.7% over 2015. Sales of dust control systems in the rest of the world – which includes Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and APEJ ( Asia/Pacific Excluding Japan) is expected to be valued at US$ 6.3 Bn by the end of 2016. In terms of value, the APEJ market is estimated to account for 23.5% of revenue by 2016.

The global dust control market is likely to witness a number of key trends during the forecast period, including; integration of smart technology; expansion of leading players’ manufacturing facilities and sales networks especially in developing nations; and a substantial investment in innovation and research and development for producing non-petroleum based wet suppressants.

The global dust control market is segmented on the basis of:

  • System Type (Dry Type Dust Control System, Wet Type Dust Control System);
  • Application Type (Chemical & Processing, Construction, Mining, Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Others (Food, Metal & Finishing)).

Dry type dust control systems generally consist of dust filters and dust collectors that are used in industries, labs etc. for collecting and filtering dust. Dry type dust control systems only filter and collect dry airborne dust. These systems have their own limitations and cannot filter gas with moisture, acid fumes etc. Bag dust filters are the most widely used among dry type dust control systems.

Wet type dust control systems are specially designed for use in the infrastructure and chemical processing industries as well as in power generation plants. These systems are mostly integrated with chemical composition. Wet suppressant is the most widely used dust control system among wet type dust control systems due to its extensive use in construction.

Dust control systems are priced depending on the system type and application. Wet type dust control systems come with a high cost, mainly because of high maintenance and complex design.

In terms of value, the Wet Type dust control system segment is expected to expand at a relatively high CAGR over the forecast period, because of the increasing use of wet type dust control systems in energy and power industries. This segment is estimated to be valued at US$ 12.05 Bn in 2016 and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.5%. The Dry Type dust control system segment is estimated to be valued at US$ 216.8 Mn by 2016, expanding at a CAGR of 3.3% over the forecast period. With a 6% overall market revenue share in 2016, the Dry Type dust control system is estimated to be the largest segment in the system type category and this trend is likely to continue till the end of the forecast period. The Construction segment is estimated to be valued at US$ 2.1 Bn in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.9% in terms of value over the forecast period. The Mining segment is estimated to account for a market share of 25.0% in 2016 and is expected to be valued at US$ 3.1 Bn by the end of 2016, registering a CAGR of 4.4%.

Some of the leading companies operating in the global dust control market are Global Road Technology, Quaker Chemical Corporation, Donaldson Company, Inc., Nederman Holding AB, Camfil, JKF Industri A/S, Beltran Technologies, Inc., and Sly Environmental Technology Ltd. Leading market players are focusing on providing customised solutions to cater to the individual needs of their clients. A trend seen in the global dust control market is that players are partnering with research labs and companies for technology support to automate dust control systems and thereby provide efficient and reliable solutions.

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