ARC says Worldwide Flowmeter Market to rebound

  • October 19, 2011
  • ARC Advisory Group
  • News

October 19, 2011 - The worldwide market for Flowmeters declined in 2010 but is expected to strongly rebound in 2011, according to an ARC Advisory Group study.

 Despite a challenging year, suppliers saw strong order taking in 2010, which bodes well for the market in the years ahead. Indeed, sales of major flowmeter technologies will move at brisk, above average rates as the market recovers in 2011 and 2012. “Revenue recovery in the flowmeter market will be driven by increased business in the energy sector. Flowmeter suppliers will benefit from investment and expansion activities, and they have aligned their business goals to capitalize on growing industry segments and geographic regions that will enable them to increase market share,” according to Analyst Allen Avery, the principal author of ARC’s “Flowmeter Worldwide Outlook.”

The energy sectors will see the strongest growth in the years ahead. Oil prices are on the rise again with the economic recovery, increased demand, and political and social unrest in the Arab world. This should continue to drive demand for flowmeters going forward, as higher prices favor increased exploration, production, and processing of fossil fuels. Also, the need to bring refined fuels to growing markets in Asia will drive construction of pipelines and fuel terminals, increasing demand for custody-transfer capable flow measurement devices. Mining will also see steady growth if commodity prices hold.

More widespread adoption of intelligent field devices such as ultrasonic and coriolis flowmeters has helped owner/operators to improve the accuracy of their flow measurements, with repeatability and reliability previously unavailable with older mechanical meters or crude methods such as orifice plates or PD meters. Device intelligence has helped flowmeters to evolve beyond their basic purpose to be indispensable tools for process and business improvement.

North America will see strong activity, particularly if oil remains above the $80 to $85 level, justifying continued investments in oil sands projects in Canada. In the EMEA region, growth will be driven by oil and gas projects in the Middle East and Africa, as well as investments in refining capacity and liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and loading facilities. Asia will continue to be the engine of global growth as new construction in the power, oil and gas, and water and wastewater sectors continues as the economies in China and India advance, and demand for consumer goods and transportation increases. Latin America, though the smallest global market for flowmeters, will nevertheless see strong activity in oil and gas exploration and production, mining, and renewable fuels over the next several years.

Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group is the leading research and advisory firm for industry. Our coverage of technology from business systems to product and asset lifecycle management, supply chain management, operations management, and automation systems makes us the go-to firm for business and IT executives around the world. For the complex business issues facing organizations today, our analysts have the industry knowledge and first-hand experience to help our clients find the best answers.


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