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Industrial Refrigeration Systems Market Size By Component (Compressor, Condenser, Evaporator, Controls), By Refrigerant (Ammonia, CO2, HFC), By Application (Food & Beverage, Chemical & Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Utility), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI4860
  • Published Date: Nov 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Industrial Refrigeration Systems Market size exceeded USD 15 billion in 2019 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of around 4% from 2020 to 2026. The high demand for industrial refrigeration systems at freezing and refrigeration plants to preserve medicines and food items is anticipated to support the industry growth.

The positive outlook of the e-commerce industry can be accounted to high growth in the industrial refrigeration systems market. Major retail players are expanding their presence in the e-commerce sector, providing an impetus to the industry. The increasing demand for frozen food and beverages has encouraged e-commerce companies to invest in advanced industrial refrigeration systems.

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Supportive government initiatives to strengthen the cold chain infrastructure are providing new market opportunities globally. Industry challenges hampering the wide adoption of industrial refrigeration systems include stringent regulations and high costs associated with refrigerants used in these systems. The rapidly increasing prices of refrigerants will hamper the market demand for large industrial refrigerators.

High taxes charged by government authorities on refrigerants used in industrial systems will hamper the market revenues. Rising economic losses inflicted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are expected to restrict the growing market size in 2020. The industrial refrigeration system industry is severely impacted by growing disruptions in supply chain and unavailability of raw materials. Market players are facing a huge gap in demand and supply of industrial refrigeration systems due to rising financial insecurities among industrial customers. However, the high importance of cold storage systems to preserve and transport critical vaccines will generate new opportunities for the market during the pandemic. 

Increasing demand for energy-efficient compressors

North America compressors segment held around 40% of the industrial refrigeration systems market share in 2019. Technological innovations and R&D investments have led to the development of energy-efficient compressors that significantly reduce the energy consumption of industrial refrigerators. The ability of compressors to consistently maintain a low temperature in industrial refrigerators is also contributing to their increasing market penetration.

Companies are launching new models of energy-efficient compressors. For instance, in January 2020, Emerson launched its new product line of fixed speed scroll compressors, Copeland, for commercial and industrial refrigeration applications. The Copeland range of scroll compressors is optimized for low GWP refrigerants that aid the company to meet energy efficiency standards and regulations established by the Department of Energy (DOE) and California Air Resources Board. Emerson plans to launch the full lineup of its 6-40 ton compressors by 2022.

Compact CO2-based industrial refrigerators driving the market revenues

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The Europe CO2 segment is anticipated to witness over 5.5% CAGR through 2026 owing to several benefits offered by CO2 over other types of refrigerants. CO2 is a natural refrigerant with a low critical temperature (31 degree Celsius) that assists in improving the overall efficiency of the refrigeration system without inflicting environmental damages.

Growing demand for industrial refrigeration in the food & beverage industry

The Asia Pacific food & beverage application valued at more than USD 2 billion in 2019 driven by the growing demand for preservation of food and drinks. The adoption of industrial refrigeration cabinets, counters, and vertical freezers is increasing rapidly in hypermarkets, supermarkets, and convenience stores, supporting the market statistics.

Growing import and export activities in the food & beverage industry are providing a positive outlook to the industry. The high demand for storage and preservation of food items to be exported across international borders is driving the industrial refrigeration systems market expansion. As per the market statistics reported by the Food & Drink Federation (FDF), food and beverage export in the UK increased by approximately 10.7% in 2019, accounting for nearly USD 7.4 billion. These systems allow for precise control of temperature and humidity, preserving all types of perishables.

Increasing investments in retail infrastructure in North America

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The North America industrial refrigeration systems market crossed USD 5.5 billion revenue in 2019 and is projected to observe rapid growth rate during 2020 to 2026. The increasing investment in construction and refurbishment of food manufacturing & distribution facilities in the U.S. is elevating the demand.

The growth of the food retail sector in Canada is surging the industrial refrigeration market demand. According to Restaurants Canada, the commercial foodservice sales in the region grew by 5.3% in 2018. The changing consumer preferences toward packaged food & beverages are augmenting the market revenue. In response to the shift in consumer behavior, the food & beverage industry players are engaged in R&D, consumer outreach, and expansion of plant and equipment.

Companies focusing on new product launches and R&D to grow their business

The companies operating in the industrial refrigeration systems market are actively engaged in R&D and innovations to launch new products and increase their sales. For instance, in January 2019, Johnson Controls announced the capacity expansion of its YZ magnetic bearing centrifugal industrial chiller with added capacity options of 1,000 tons (3,516 kW) and 1,350 tons (4,747 kW) refrigeration capacity.

This aided the company to cater to the growing demand from its industrial customers. Industry leaders are also laying a strong emphasis on partnerships and collaborations to leverage mutual expertise and gain a high share in the industry through 2026.

Key market players include M&M Systems, Inc., Danfoss, Johnson Controls, GEA, Dorin, Ingersoll-Rand, Emersion, EVAPCO, Inc. Bitzer, Frick India Limited, Howden Group, and Kirloskar Group.

This market research report on industrial refrigeration system includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2020 to 2026 for the following segments:

Market, By Component

  • Compressor
  • Condenser
  • Evaporator
  • Controls
  • Others

Market, By Refrigerant

  • Ammonia
  • CO2
  • HFC
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Food & Beverage
  • Chemical & Petrochemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Utility
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Prasenjit Saha

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global industrial refrigeration system industry revenue surpassed USD 15 billion in 2019 and is set to expand at 4% CAGR through 2026, driven by the rising product demand at freezing and refrigeration plants to preserve medicines and food items.
The North America compressors segment recorded nearly 40% of the total market share and technological investment coupled with R&D investments for energy-efficient compressors will foster market growth.
The European CO2 segment is likely to grow at a 5.5% CAGR through 2026 as it is a natural refrigerant with a low critical temperature and hence helps in improving refrigeration system efficiency without inflicting environmental damages.
The North American industrial refrigeration system market revenue exceeded USD 5.5 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to experience rapid growth in the coming years owing to the growing investment in construction and refurbishment of food manufacturing & distribution facilities.

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  • Base Year: 2019
  • Companies covered: 15
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