The need for improved energy performance and replacing refrigerants, together with tackling issues such as noise and recyclability will see the UK refrigeration market total £1.1bn in 2016.
According to a report by BSRIA’s specialist consultancy Worldwide Market Intelligence (WMI), the UK market was estimated at £940m in 2012 after a dip in 2011 – refrigeration and evaporator units account for 80 per cent of the market.
Furthermore, the report found that the UK market is heavily impacted by the large supermarket chains and, more recently, smaller convenience type/express stores frequently in cooperation with petrol stations and trials towards natural refrigerants.
Also on the agenda is the uptake of new materials such as aluminium microchannel heat exchangers to replace traditional copper. However, there has not been the same level of shift from reciprocating compressors towards scroll seen in AC.
The report focused on the market for commercial and industrial refrigeration in nine key countries: China, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Russia, UK and the US, looking at market size, trends and drivers in commercial and industrial refrigeration.
It also examined segmentations of compressors, condensing units, packs and racks, evaporators and refrigeration units as well as heat exchangers.
The Worldwide Market Intelligence report also provides a distribution overview by product type as well as current and future trends in refrigerants.
It found that less developed markets such as China and India are expected to continue to see growth, fuelled by stricter food legislation and changes in food retailing, the latter also affecting the Western world.