IHS Report: Hazardous area equipment sales drop $900M in 2015

automation.com | Posted: 05 Jul 2016, 11:22

Sales of hazardous area equipment declined by 11.1%, 2014 to 2015. Revenues are estimated to have fallen from $8.6 billion in 2014 to $7.7 billion in 2015, according to a new report recently issued by IHS. The report predicts that it will take until 2019 for world sales revenues to recover to their 2014 level. Figure 1 shows a comparison between the three major regions of the world from 2014 to 2020.
Hazardous area equipment sales drop $900M in 2015
 
“It is no surprise that this is all linked to the dramatic fall in the market price of oil and gas”, commented John Morse, author of the report. “The situation started to change late in 2014 and price falls continued at a great pace through the whole of 2015.”
 
The report was compiled following consultations with major suppliers of equipment, standards authorities, and industry specialists. It covers many aspects of the industry and the markets it serves, as well as providing background information on the relevant legislation and approval bodies.
 
The underlying message is that it is the companies that supply the oil and gas, and related, industries that have suffered revenue declines. Most of the reduced revenues were from sales to up-stream operators in response to the forecast viability of some wells and to questions on the potential value of exploration.
 
The response to the fall in the price of oil was somewhat different from manufacturers supplying industries where oil is their raw material. They include the chemical, pharmaceutical, and plastics industries and even refineries. These industries suffered less; in some cases, their revenues even grew as their finished products became more competitive, resulting in increased revenues and profits.
 
IHS accepts that nobody can be certain over future oil prices; but cites extensive research from within its own sources indicating it will recover only steadily over the period 2016 to 2020.

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