Oil and gas dominates the hazardous area equipment market

20 August 2013

Three-quarters of revenue in the Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region from sales of products suitable for use in hazardous areas were from the oil and gas industry in 2012, according to a recent report entitled 'Hazardous Area Equipment – EMEA – 2013' from IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc.

“Despite the fact that oil and gas is the most important industry for hazardous area equipment, the high market share it held last year came as a surprise,” explained John Morse, senior automation market analyst with IHS. “The 2009 edition of the report also concluded that oil and gas was the leading market for hazardous area equipment accounting for around half of revenues at that time. The new report suggests that there has been an increase in sales to this industry.”

In particular, the results cite the growing volume of legislation being applied to oil and gas installations as one of the main factors.

“There is a steady flow of new legislation being introduced,” explained Morse. More notably the legislation is being ever more strictly applied, particularly in the lower risk environments where the risk of explosions is minimal, for example in Zone 2 designated areas.

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