Global demand for scroll compressors showed 3.6% growth in 2016. As the world’s largest market, the United States indicated 7.1% growth, and China, as the world’s second largest market, presented a slight decrease of 2.0%. The European market saw 4.7% growth and Southeast Asia showed an increase with favorable demand for PACs. Latin America continued to drop sharply.
Scroll compressors can be used in a broad range of applications, including RACs, PACs, VRF systems, and chillers in the air conditioning sector as well as ATW heat pumps and refrigeration systems including freezers.
Scroll compressor applications tend to vary somewhat from one region to another. In the United States, they are used in unitary air conditioners and rooftop systems, while in Asia they are mostly used in PACs, chillers, and VRFs. Meanwhile in Europe, they are applied in the refrigeration sector. In emerging countries, growth in the scroll compressor market is getting a boost from surging demand for PACs, VRFs, and modular chillers as well as refrigeration systems. In Japan, Europe, and China, scroll compressors for heat pump chillers are enjoying strong demand.