Air pollution control technology sales up again in 2019


Sales increase for the fifth year in a row. Incoming orders, however, already in the red. Trade statistics "New orders and sales for air pollution control technology in 2019" offer industry overview.

According to trade statistics, air pollution control technology achieved a 1 percent increase in sales in 2019, although a significant decline in sales of 7 percent was expected for 2020 after five years of growth., This is predominantly considered to be the result of the restrictions given due to the Corona pandemic. In addition, there are other negative factors that were already apparent before the Corona crisis, such as weak demand from the automotive industry. This is clearly illustrated by the 6 percent decline in order intake already seen in 2019. Investment shifts on the customer side and the resulting additional maintenance expenditure are supporting the service business, so that only a slight decline is expected. Overall, the autumn flash survey of the General Air Treatment Association also confirms the development for 2020 in the air pollution control segment. In this, the participating companies saw a decline in sales for 2020 of around 8 percent. For 2021, the industry expects sales to remain roughly at the previous year's level.

The Air Handling Technology Association estimates the German sales volume for 2020 at around 2.3 billion euros. Around half of this will be generated in the export business.

Overall, expectations for 2021 are cautious. The majority of companies assume that the pandemic will continue to have a massive impact on business in the coming year and that the industry's sales will therefore remain at around the previous year's level. In this context, companies have to operate in an environment of a wide variety of risks. In this autumn survey, the estimates for the development of foreign business in 2021 lag behind those for the domestic market.

Due to the large number of applications and the broad customer spectrum, air pollution control companies can partially compensate for slumps in individual segments. In addition, topics such as energy efficiency, environmental protection and occupational health and safety in the customer industries, which are increasingly being taken into account not least due to the extensive body of regulations, are providing positive impetus in the medium term.

The annual survey is conducted by the VDMA's Air Handling Technology Association. The evaluation for 2019 was published in February 2021. The survey for 2020 is currently underway. Interested companies in the air pollution control industry can participate. Only the participating companies receive the evaluation.


Contact for interested companies:
Guntram Preuß
Market Information Officer
Expert Department Drying
In the VDMA  Air Handling Technology Association