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North American diaphragm pumps market energised by demand for AODD

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The North American double diaphragm pumps market is undergoing a resurgence, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.

In recent years the market has endured subdued growth, a consequence of low oil prices and a ‘sluggish’ North American economy. However, a “robust” need for air operated double diaphragm pumps (AODD) and metering pumps in the water and chemical industries, as well as greater investment in infrastructure development, are stimulating the market, according to the Frost & Sullivan report.

“Growth will be augmented by strong sales of diaphragm pumps in the oil and gas, food and beverage, power generation, and pharmaceutical sectors,” claims a statement from Frost & Sullivan. “Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers will need to expand channel, distribution, and partnership initiatives, and consider acquisitions to drive product line expansion, customer base and market share in a competitive and fragmented ecosystem.”

The strength of the market combined with new regulations will have a significant effect on the pump manufacturing industry. “Demand for energy-efficient pumps, catalyzed by new government mandates and regulations, will result in the development of advanced pumps with smart, electronic features that will also enable better system integration," said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Research Analyst Shilpa Mathur Ramachandran.

"Investment in constant innovation is imperative to diaphragm pump manufacturers' success as the convergence of automation with the process equipment industry looms large."

A number of trends are highlighted by the report. Significantly, it’s suggested that in the short term Canada will dominate the diaphragm pumps market in North America thanks to the country’s focus on infrastructure development. After 2019 however, that dominance will begin to decline.

International competition will also start to have a greater effect on US manufacturers.

"Low-cost competition from European and Asian pump manufacturers is likely to affect North American pump sales and lead to a gradual, yet definite, reduction in local manufacturing and sales business," noted Ramachandran.

"To beat competition on this front, local companies must provide competitive pricing, improve operational efficiency and longevity of pumps, and invest in technological advancements and research and development."

The report, titled North American Diaphragm Pumps Market, Forecast to 2022, is available now from Frost & Sullivan.