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The refrigeration compressor market is experiencing several trends, with a strong focus on innovation and environmental regulations. European production, estimated at 2.6 billion euros in 2019, has declined from its peak between 2014 and 2017.

Market players are adapting to European F-gas II regulations, which impose a gradual phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by transitioning to less harmful refrigerants such as CO2 and NH3.

French domestic consumption of refrigeration compressors was estimated at €240 million in 2018, with a downward trend in domestic production, from €487.2 million in 2010 to €399.2 million in 2018.

Market innovations, such as oil-free compressors and compressorless refrigeration systems, address ecological concerns and reduce dependence on the oil market.

A notable downward trend in production has been observed since the early 2010s. The value of French production has fallen from around 480 million euros to around 400 million euros, a drop of around 15-20%.

A slight increase in production of around 5-10% was observed between 2016 and 2018.

Exports and imports in 2019 were valued at €511.48 million and €393.29 million respectively.

The majority of exports in 2019 were compressors over 0.4 kW, with hermetic or semi-hermetic models accounting for almost 55-60% and those without this feature for around 35-40%.

In terms of imports, compressors over 0.4 kW without hermetic or semi-hermetic features accounted for almost 45-50%, while those with these features comprised around 35-40%.

Domestic consumption of refrigeration compressors in France was estimated at around 240 million euros in 2018.

innovation remains a critical factor in the market, with ecological efficiency and global warming impact becoming increasingly important considerations. Innovations such as the Coldinnov reactor demonstrate the market's focus on environmentally-friendly solutions that significantly reduce electricity consumption, in some cases by up to 70%.

Other innovations include Embraco's Wisemotion technology, a lubricant-free compressor designed to minimize noise pollution while improving energy efficiency.

Major market players in the refrigeration compressor industry

  • LG Electronics, a South Korean conglomerate, is a significant market force.
  • Daikin Industries a world leader in air-conditioning solutions and, by extension, plays an influential role in the refrigeration compressor market
  • Samsung Electronics a South Korean company active in this specialized sector.
  • Danfoss Danish company
  • Bitzer German company
  • Sanyo-Panasonic is particularly avant-garde, adopting CO2 as its preferred refrigerant.
  • Johnson Controls has a broad portfolio of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment
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1.1 Definition and scope of the study

Refrigerant compressors are thermodynamic machine components that are used to compress refrigerant gas to produce heat transfer . They are used in many areas, such as the ' household appliances, transport, building and industry and are found in different types of products, such as refrigerators, freezers, refrigerated vehicles and air conditioners.

The refrigerant compressor market is a small sector dominated by a handful of international players . These are mainly located in Germany, Japan and the United States s. The european production of refrigerating compressors (code amounted to 2.6 billion in 2019, in decline since 2017.

In France, the manufacture of refrigeration compressors is associated with the code NAF 28.25Z : manufacture of industrial aeraulic and refrigeration equipment. This market is highly concentrated as the number of establishments increased from 979 in 2008 to 700 in 2018

Firms in difficulty have been absorbed by the cold giants such as GEA Refrigeration which includes 39 companies. At the same time, Anglo-Saxon fashion consisting of rebuild used compressors is gaining ground in Europe and is of increasing interest to manufacturers

Standards in force the recent years' efforts to combat global warming have significantly altered the market outlook The phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is forcing manufacturers to increase their research budgets.. The use of CO2 is currently the technique favoured by manufacturers such as Sanyo which already offers CO2 compressors suitable for small industrial refrigerators.

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  • Production européenne de compresseurs frigorifiques
  • Part des principaux acteurs dans la production européenne
  • Evolution de la production par pays
  • Ventes annuelles de réfrigérateurs
  • Ventes annuelles de congélateurs
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Companies quoted in this study

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Daikin (France)
Panasonic Sanyo Electric
Johnson Controls
GEA Refrigeration (GEA Bock)
GEA Bock
Mondial Frigo Groupe
Tecumseh products co
Emerson climate technologies (Groupe Emerson)

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