Variable Frequency Drive Market

Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023-2030 - By Product, Technology, Grade, Application, End-user, Region: (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa)

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Preliminary research of Fairfield Market Research indicates a promising growth outlook for global variable frequency drive market during the course of next few years.

Variable Frequency Drive Market Surges Ahead as Demand from Power Generation Industry Rises

The demand for variable frequency drives (VFDs) is increasing due to their advantages, including adjustable speed, dynamic torque control, and energy-saving, in industries like power generation, automotive, and oil & gas. These are significant factors anticipated to propel market growth. These causes also include the growing use of connected devices across various industries, including the commercial, industrial, and residential sectors. Increased infrastructure development investments are driving up the need for HVAC systems, which mandates the creation of strategies to improve building energy efficiency. This factor is projected to have a favorable effect on the growth of the global variable frequency drive market.

The industrial and manufacturing sectors are expanding rapidly in developing nations due to rapid industrialization, supporting the demand for variable frequency drives. Similar to the power generating industry, which uses variable frequency drives to smoothly start huge motors and continuously alter speed as needed by the process, they are frequently used in this industry. As a result, rising demand for variable frequency drives from the power-generating industry is anticipated to fuel the growth of the variable frequency drive market. Different pieces of equipment are used for tasks with varying levels of technology in sectors including metal and mining, food processing, and oil and gas. VFDs are employed by induction, forced draught fans, boiler feed pumps, service water pumps, and conveyors for high power, accurate speed control, and significant energy savings.

Energy-efficient items are becoming more popular due to the strict rules that governments worldwide are putting in place to decrease the environmental impact of CO2 and save energy. In addition, they intend to meet CO2 emission and energy efficiency targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. New regulations are being implemented, as a result, assisting the variable frequency drive market expansion. For instance, the Ecodesign Regulation (EU) 2019/1781 went into force in October 2019 after being implemented in two stages, the first in July 2021 and the next in July 2023. The IE2 efficiency class, which is required for AC drives, was covered by the regulation in its initial stage.

Variable Frequency Drive Market: COVID-19 Impact

Due to the full or partial lockdowns implemented in most countries worldwide starting in Q1 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic has negatively influenced the global variable frequency drive market for variable frequency drives. Electromechanical drive systems with variable frequency drives are essential in many different industrial verticals. Other names for them are variable speed drives and adjustable frequency drives. They are placed in electromechanical drive systems to control AC motor speeds and torque by altering input voltage and frequency under customer needs. With AC and DC electric motors, these drives are utilized throughout the industrial infrastructure. Fans, compressors, and conveyors are just a few machines that use variable frequency drives to increase efficiency and performance.

Over the anticipated timeframe, the expansion of the variable frequency drive market is predicted to be further fueled by the growing desire for variable frequency drives. Growth possibilities for the suppliers of variable frequency drives are anticipated to result from upcoming investments in emerging nations' manufacturing and construction industries. Due to the temporary closure of enterprises worldwide, the market for such products has been restricted recently. It is anticipated to bounce back in the upcoming months and expand greatly over the long run.

Variable Frequency Drive Manufacturers Gain from Capital Projects

Regular capital investments support urbanization and are key drivers of economic growth. According to Oxford Economics' Global Infrastructure Outlook, infrastructure spending would likely total US$94 Tn by 2040, or US$3.7 Tn per person per year. Asia accounts for 54% of all needs in terms of total global investment demands. It is thus anticipated that manufacturers will advance further throughout the area. Due to the rapid rise in power and electricity use, these expanding capital infrastructure projects have increased energy costs. As a result, machinery created to lower such high energy consumption has been created, opening the door for increased VFD sales across the board. The HVAC industry has a wide range of uses. The oil and gas, mining, and irrigation industries are also discovering uses for variable frequency drives. The former heavily relies on motor-driven pumps and pumping systems for production, distribution, and applications; VFDs control their speeds. In the latter, these also help to provide high speed and control across excavators and conveyors, which supplements demand in variable frequency drive market.

Variable Frequency Drive Market Expands in Tandem with the Rsing Quest for Energy Efficiency

The use of variable frequency drives is growing in the industrial and infrastructural sectors. Variable frequency drives are widely used in the cement, chemical, petrochemical, mining, oil & gas, pulp & paper, and water & wastewater treatment industries. Variable frequency drives are used in conveyors, fans, utility and process pumps, fans, blowers, coolers, cooling tower fans, grinders, crushers, and chippers. There is lucrative potential for the variable frequency drive market in the cement and manufacturing sectors of China, India, the US, Brazil, Russia, Iran, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.

The demand for cement in India is anticipated to rise by an estimated 45 million tonnes over the next three to four years due to the country's expanding infrastructure initiatives. By 2025, 550–600 million tonnes per year are anticipated (MTPA). In India, the housing industry is the main driver of cement demand, accounting for roughly 67% of China's total consumption, where the pulp and paper sector has grown quickly since 2001. The nation is one of the world's biggest pulp and paper producers. Together, China, the US, and Canada account for around 50% of the world's pulp and paper production capacity. It is anticipated that the developing pulp, paper, and cement sectors in these nations will increase demand for electric motors, increasing demand for variable frequency drives. This is expected to fuel the growth of variable frequency drive market.

More than 300 million motors are utilized worldwide in numerous industries, substantial constructions, and infrastructures, and 30 million new electric motors are sold each year for industrial application, according to the Industrial Efficiency Technology database. Variable frequency drives offer the potential to drastically cut energy consumption and operating expenses for a range of motor-driven applications by decreasing the motor speed to match the application's requirements. The variable frequency drive market expansion is anticipated to be fueled by the increasing industrialization, and rising demand for energy efficiency.

Variable Frequency Drive Market Encounters an Impediment as Production and Exploration Projects Decline

Oil and gas is one of the top end-use sectors for variable frequency drives. Due to dwindling exploration and production activities, the industry has been experiencing stagnant growth for the past few years. This industry's need for variable frequency drives is influenced by capital expenditures made by oil and natural gas businesses and operations related to exploration, development, and production. Price changes for oil and natural gas directly affect these operations. Changes in the supply and demand for oil and natural gas, governmental laws, such as those governing the exploration, production, and development of oil and natural gas reserves, as well as weather, natural catastrophes, and other variables, all contribute to the variations. Due to the long lifespan of many large-scale development projects, oil and gas corporations may decide to cut back on big investments or postpone them in response to perceptions of long-term low oil and natural gas prices. The drop in capital expenditures by oilfield operators and service providers is another factor that directly impacts the variable frequency drive market.

Legislation focused on limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adhering to climate action regulations have been implemented by international, national, and state governments and agencies. In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule mandates that GHG emissions from fixed and mobile greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources in the oil and gas industry be monitored and reported. Other initiatives aimed at limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions include the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the European Union Emission Trading System, Article 8 of the European Union Energy Efficiency Directive, UK's Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) by the European Commission, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and Western Climate Action Initiative.

With the high cost of their components, such as compressors, condensers, and evaporators, industrial refrigeration systems often have a high installation cost. The pricey control systems employed in modern refrigeration systems also increase the installation cost. In addition, certain hydrocarbons and ammonia are caustic and flammable refrigerants. Similarly, breathing in excessive ammonia levels is poisonous and potentially fatal. Therefore, when dealing with ammonia-based refrigeration systems, safety equipment is needed. Along with the installation cost, additional expenses like routine maintenance, staff training, and the high energy cost further raise overall operating costs, limiting market expansion. Therefore, stringent government laws concerning greenhouse emissions, climate change, and alternative energy sources could hinder the development of businesses involved in the discovery and production of oil and natural gas and have a detrimental impact on the variable frequency drive market.

Variable Frequency Drive Market Witnesses Prominence of Low Power Range Segment

The low power range segment commanded the largest portion of the global variable frequency drive market in terms of revenue share. End-use industries use low-voltage frequency drives to operate machinery, including pumps, fans, belt conveyors, centrifugal pumps, and centrifugal compressors. High-performance, small-in-size, low-temperature, low-voltage drives are being developed with significant investment from manufacturers. Therefore, it is anticipated that the segment will continue to dominate market growth thanks to the widespread adoption of low voltage frequency drive-in industry verticals and rising investment in R&D activities.

Variable Frequency Drive Market Receives an Impetus from Oil and Gas Industry, Pumps Segment Leads

In 2021, the pumps industry segment accounted for the biggest revenue share in variable frequency drive market. Pumps are employed extensively in the metal, oil and gas, and water treatment industries. These pumps have variable frequency drives built into them, which lowers their power consumption and the cost of running a pump, and enables them to run at various speeds without a gearbox. As a result of the advantages of adding a variable frequency drive to pumps, demand for these drives is rising across various industries, including oil and gas, and water treatment plants. It is anticipated to support the segment's expansion.

Variable Frequency Drive Market Sees Continued Dominance of Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific region dominated the variable frequency drive market in the ensuing years. Several reasons are anticipated to assist the expansion of the regional market, including the rapid industrialization of emerging nations, government business policies that are encouraging, and rising building activity. Likewise, the increased adoption of VFD by energy producers is anticipated to enhance regional growth due to the increasing energy demand. The demand for VFDs to increase working efficiency and lower energy consumption is also anticipated to rise due to rapid commercialization, the presence of major automotive, water treatment, pulp, and food and beverage manufacturers operating in nations like India, China, and Japan, and the strong and stable economic growth that results from these factors.

Global Variable Frequency Drive Market: Competitive Landscape

Some of the leading companies in the global variable frequency drive market include ABB, Eaton, General Electric, Hitachi Ltd., Rockwell Automation Inc., Schneider Electric, Siemens AG, The Danfoss Group, WEG S.A., and Yaskawa Electric Corporation. ABB, Eaton, General Electric, and Hitachi Ltd. however dominated the market in 2021. Major players are concentrating on improving the business and expanding the clientele by introducing new products.

Recent Notable Developments

  • In May 2021, By adding more heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions for the aftermarket market, Nidec Motor Corporation announced its brand collaboration in the United States

  • In May 2021, the debut of Copeland Variable Frequency Drives was announced by Emerson Electric Co., a major global producer of electrical components. The company's customer base is anticipated to grow due to the new product launch

  • In September 2021, The brand-new, medium-voltage VACON 1000 drive was unveiled by Danfoss. In particular, for variable torque loads like pumps and fans, these new drive additions are the first preference for industrial medium-voltage general-purpose applications

Regional Classification of Global Variable Frequency Drive Market Can be Given as Below:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada


  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East and Africa

  • GCC
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa

*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability.

Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Variable Frequency Drive Market

  • Variable Frequency Drive Market by Product/Technology/Grade, Application/End-user, and Region
  • Executive Summary (Opportunity Analysis and Key Trends)
  • Historical Market Size and Estimates, Value, 2019 - 2022
  • Market Value at Regional and Country Level, 2023 - 2030
  • Market Dynamics and Economic Overview
  • Market Size in Value, Growth Rates, and Forecast Figures, 2023 - 2030
  • Competitive Intelligence with Financials, Key Developments, and Portfolio of Leading Companies 
  • Regional and Product/Grade/Application/End-user Price Trends Analysis
  • Value Chain and Five Force’s Analysis
  • Regional/Sub-region/Country Market Size and Trend Analysis
  • Company Market Share Analysis and Key Player Profiles

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