Industrial Gases Market Intelligence


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  • What are the key trends in Industrial Gases category?
  • Am I paying the right price?
  • Am I working with the right supplier?
  • What are the major challenges and risks in Industrial Gases industry?
  • How is Industrial Gases industry performing?

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Report Coverage

  • Regional market outlook- US, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Brazil
  • Key Global Supplier Profile
  • Industrial Gas Cost Structure
  • Industrial Gas Sourcing Best Practices

The industrial gas industry is estimated to rise at a CAGR of 7-8 percent globally until 2022. The tremendous growth in the market for industrial gas is mainly due to the revival of large economies such as the U.S. and China. Additionally, the profit margins have risen due to cheaper energy prices and lower operating costs. Electricity cost accounts for nearly 60 percent of the cost of generation; hence the cost of production varies with the electricity prices. The determinants could vary depending on the price difference of unique parameters in each country. Regions such as North America, North Pacific Rim (China, Japan, etc.), and Western Europe are the biggest consumer regions, contributing to more than 75 percent of the global industrial gas market.

There are six industrial gas companies that dominate 80 percent of the global industrial gas market share. The key price drivers for industrial gas industry are gas purity, customization of the product, the volume of purchase, and delivery location. The development performed by the gas supplier will essentially assist companies by tracking the cylinders and access the data from for better stock management and safety. It will ultimately enhance the efficiency of the industrial gas and supply chain. The report also encapsulates innovation in the use of industrial gas by the application of smart cylinders.

Beroe gathers intelligence through primary sources that include industry experts, researchers, and consultants, as well as current suppliers, producers and distributors. Secondary sources can include business journals, newsletters, magazines, market research data, company sources, and industry associations. Following data collation, analysis, and strategic review, the Final Research Report is published on Beroe LiVE.

Table of contents

  1. Industrial Gas Executive Summary
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Market Scenario
  4. Supplier Scenario
  1. Industrial Gas Market Analysis
  2. Global Market Size - Industrial Gas
  3. Global Demand by Application
  4. Global Market by Delivery Mode
  5. Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  6. Industrial Gas Value Chain - Air Gases
  7. Regional Market Analysis
  1. Industrial Gas Supplier Analysis
  2. Assessment of Key Global Industrial Gas Suppliers
  3. Key Global Supplier Profile
  4. SWOT Analysis
  1. Industrial Gas Cost Structure
  2. Industrial Gas Price Drivers (1/2)
  3. Industrial Gas Price Drivers (2/2)
  4. Industrial Gas Price Trend
  5. The US Atmospheric Gases Price Drivers and Trend
  1. Industrial Gas Industry Best Practices
  2. Industrial Gases Distribution Channel
  3. Contract Models
  4. Industrial Gas Sourcing Best Practices
  5. Best Practices in Engagement Options

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Global Market Outlook On Industrial Gases

  • The global industrial gas market is estimated to be around $76 billion in 2017, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7 to 8 percent until 2022
  • The market is currently witnessing an acceleration in growth, due to positive growth in global economies. Also, the profit margins have witnessed a rise, due to low operating cost arising out of cheaper energy prices


Industrial Gas Industry Analysis - Supplier Scenario

  • Global industrial gas market is dominated by a few number of players with the top five players contributing around 80 percent of the industrial gas market share. Top players are looking to strengthen their market position through mergers and acquisitions
  • Linde and Praxair merger is likely to take place based on the current events. This will create the largest industrial gas player and change the  industrial gas market share position in many of the regions

Global Market Size - Industrial Gas 

  • The industrial gas market is witnessing high growth, due to the revival of large economies, like China and the US. However, the profit margins have witnessed a rise due to lower operating cost arising out of cheaper energy prices
  • The global industrial gas market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5–7 percent for 2022. The major drivers for growth would be emerging economies, including China and India
  • The global industrial gas market was estimated to be approx. $76 billion in 2017, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7 to 8 percent for 2022.The major drivers for growth would be emerging economies including China and India
  • North America, North Pacific rim (China, Japan, etc.), and Western Europe are the biggest markets contributing more than 75 percent of global market
  • Revival in economic activity and stabilizing oil and natural gas prices drive the industrial gas market growth

Global Demand by Application 

  • The overall growth outlook for the end-user industries in the mid-term future is moderate. Healthcare, electronics, etc., are major growth drivers whereas oil and gas, steel sector tend to be flat

Key Trends

  • Manufacturing sector is witnessing flat growth resulting in lower sales volume for larger players in Americas and Europe
  • Steel sector is going through a sluggish phase affecting the oxygen gas demand
  • Regulations for cleaner energy fuel and innovations in renewable space are driving the demand for hydrogen and on-site hydrogen market
  • Increased use of digital devices and the growth of semiconductor industry has made electronics market a leading consumer of industrial & specialty gas
  • Healthcare needs and aging population have driven the demand for pure and complex gases. Companies like Air Liquide has invested heavily in medical-grade gas research
  • Food and beverage sector performed relatively better than majority of the other industries in 2015 offsetting lower sales volume in South America among other regions

Global Market by Delivery Mode 

  • Onsite segment contributes to the largest delivery segment, serving large industries
  • Praxair witnessed its merchant gas revenue share going back to the 2015 levels of 34 percent in 2017 from 35 percent in 2016
  • Linde improved its share of onsite business in 2017 from 2016 with new plants coming online in Germany, Northern Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Europe
  • Air Liquide supplies its bulk and cylinder gases around its onsite or pipeline businesses

Cost Structure

  • High electricity requirement in separation of industrial gases makes it a primary cost factor and accounts for 50 percent of the overall production cost
  • Electricity cost accounts for around 50 percent of the cost of generation and hence cost of production fluctuates with electricity prices. The weightage of cost factors could vary based on price change of individual parameters in each country
  • Recovery in crude oil price is likely to exert upward pressure on distribution cost. Electricity price is also expected to increase moderately, resulting in surge in production cost
  • Large scale operation provides lower production cost per unit of gas as compared to small independent ASUs for producing industrial gases separately
  • High capital costs associated with ASUs requires large industrial consumers to opt for long term gas purchase contracts (3 years for bulk liquid and 15 years for tonnage)

Industrial Gas Price Drivers

Energy Cost

  • Electricity is the main source of energy involved in the separation of air and thus drives the cost of production of industrial gases
  • Large scale production has advantage over small units as smaller units have higher specific electricity consumption

Labor Cost

  • Impact of labor is relatively low for industrial gas production and has very little effect on the overall cost of production of different grades of gases

Cost of Logistics

  • Fluctuation in fuel prices have a direct impact on the overall logistics cost of transporting cylinders or bulk liquid trucking
  • Companies are optimizing routes and establishing filling centers to reduce costs associated with long distance transportation of gases

Oil & Natural Gas Price Fluctuation

  • For gases like hydrogen and helium, feedstock cost fluctuations have large impact on production cost and hence companies are forward contracting to manage price risks
  • It is directly linked to the raw material price hikes. It is also highly affected by indirect transportation cost

Quality/Special Gas

  • If the composition of gas requirement is proprietary, the costs are generally very high. The requirement of high-quality gas also drives the cost. Low quality gas and general gases carry lesser cost due to abundant availability of multiple sources of supply

Gas Purity

  • Industrial gas companies price gases based on purity level and high purity gas requirements drive prices

Frequency of Purchase

  • Non-frequent purchase of gases will drive prices and hence industrial gas customers are optimizing usage volume and frequency for consistent purchase of gases

Customized Products

  • Complex design, specific gas products are tailor-made, which involves high value of production
  • This drives the prices of such products as their availability is through select channels

Volume of Purchase

  • Volume of purchase remains a key factor in determining prices as this can impact overall logistic costs and companies’ margins
  • High volume of purchase suitable of FTL transportation can gather high discounts

Delivery Location

  • Industrial gas companies price differently to different delivery locations based on their availability of infrastructure
  • Delivery at locations where supplier has no presence would require new infrastructure which could drive prices


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