Non-residential air-conditioner market growths in 6 European countries

The non-residential air-conditioner market in Europe Top 6 (Italy, Spain, France, UK, Germany, Poland) is continuing to slowly recover lost ground since the last recession.
The non-residential air-conditioner market in Europe's Top 6 countries (Italy, Spain, France, UK, Germany, Poland) is continuing to slowly recover lost ground since the last recession.

Almost all the markets within Europe's Top 6 countries experienced a quite difficult time during the from period 2008-2012 and some of the markets such as Italy and Spain have not reached yet their pre-crisis volume and value sales.

In 2013, the non-residential air-conditioner market was said to be pretty much related to the current situation in the non-residential construction industry. Hence, the slow recovery in the construction industry in Western Europe also affected the air conditioners industry in terms of growth.

The market experienced a modest volume growth of 0.4% reaching 1.1 million of units sold in 2013, while the value sales reached EUR 3.6 billion, experiencing an increase of 1.3%.

Despite the decrease in 2013 of almost 2% in volume terms, Italy remains the strongest market in terms of total volume and value sales in Europe. Italy accounts for a share of 28.2% in volume terms in 2013.

Paradoxically, the second best performing country Spain also experienced a decrease of 3.3% in volume terms, however remained quite strong with a market share of 23%, followed by France accounting for an 18%, UK 13.8%, Germany 10.3% and Poland 6.7% of the total volume sales in the Europe Top 6.

Single split air-conditioning units were the best performing product type in 2013 accounting for a 67% of the total number of units sold. However, this market segment generated 23.9% of the total value sales.

It was the chiller segment which dominated value sales in 2013 generating 33.5% of the total value sales but accounting just for a 2.3% of the volume sales. In 2013 there were only 27,500 chiller unitsĀ  (>100KW) sold, while rooftops and VRF reached 12,000 and 79,200 units respectively. According to the latest report published by Interconnection Consulting, the VRF market segment is expected to be the strongest driver for growth. However, the domination of single split is expected to remain strong, as this market segment is forecast to see a stable growth.

Rooftops were the poorest performing market segment in almost all the countries, suffering strong competition from air-handling units, especially in Germany.

In 2013, the offices segment accounted for the strongest market share of 51% of the total value sales, becoming the strongest growth driver. The fact that this segment is also expected to be the strongest growth driver within non-residential building completions in Western Europe supports this claim, as it is forecasted to experience an average annual growth rate of 6.4% in the next three years.

According to Interconnection Consulting the volume sales are forecast to see an average annual growth rate of 3.3% to reach 1.3 million of units in 2017, while the value sales are set to increase at an average annual growth rate of 3.6% to reach EUR 4.1 billion in 2017.