Argon Gas Market by End-Use Industry (Metal Manufacturing & fabrication, Chemicals), Storage, Distribution & Transportation(Cylinder & packaged gas, Merchant liquid), Mixture (Ar-CO2, Ar-O2), Function (Insulation) & Region - Global Forecast to 2020

 Published On: Nov, 2015 |    No of Pages: 203 |  Published By: MarketsandMarkets | Format: PDF
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The argon gas market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.92% from 2015 and 2020. The growth in this market is propelled by continuous growth in industrialization, especially in developing economies; increasing need for electronic products; growth in the food & beverage sector; and growing energy demands.

The market in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to register the highest growth by 2020 owing to significant investments in the argon gas industry, as well as its growing economy. The growth of this region is supplemented by the growing infrastructural activities in developing economies such as India and China.

The rising demand for argon gas in numerous end-use industries such as electronics, metal manufacturing & fabrication, healthcare, chemicals, energy is expected to drive the market for argon gas globally. The electronics market is one of the major users of argon gas which are critical to the flat panel display market. They are used for creating controlled atmosphere necessary for building semiconductor devices. In addition to this, key factors such as robust economic development, expanding automotive sector, and rapid urbanization are projected to drive the growth in the argon gas market in the coming years.

This report covers the argon gas market in four major regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW. The argon gas market is segmented on the basis of end-use industry, storage, distribution & transportation, mixture, function, and region.  

The metal manufacturing & fabrication segment is projected to be the fastest-growing end-use industry in the next five years. The cylinder & packaged gas distribution segment is projected to dominate the argon gas market, by storage, distribution & transportation from 2015 to 2020.  In terms of mixtures, the argon-carbon dioxide gas mixture is the fastest-growing segment, followed by the argon-oxygen gas mixture.

This report analyzes various marketing trends and establishes the most effective growth strategy in the market. It identifies market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges. Major argon gas companies such as Praxair Inc. (U.S.), Air Liquide S.A. (France), The Linde Group (Germany), Messer Group GmbH (Germany), Airgas Inc. (U.S.), Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. (U.S.), Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (U.S.), Advanced Specialty Gases Inc. (U.S.) and Iwatani Corporation (Japan) have been profiled.
TABLE OF CONTENTS

1 INTRODUCTION 16
1.1 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY 16
1.2 MARKET DEFINITION 16
1.3 STUDY SCOPE 17
1.3.1 PERIODIZATION CONSIDERED FOR THE ARGON GAS MARKET 17
1.4 CURRENCY CONSIDERED FOR THE ARGON GAS MARKET 18
1.5 UNIT CONSIDERED FOR THE ARGON GAS MARKET 18
1.6 STAKEHOLDERS 18

2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 19
2.1 RESEARCH DATA 19
2.1.1 SECONDARY DATA 20
2.1.1.1 Key data from secondary sources 20
2.1.2 PRIMARY DATA 21
2.1.2.1 Key data from primary sources 21
2.1.2.2 Breakdown of primary interviews 22
2.2 FACTOR ANALYSIS 22
2.2.1 INTRODUCTION 22
2.2.2 DEMAND-SIDE ANALYSIS 23
2.2.2.1 Rising population 23
2.2.2.2 Increasing income and spending capacity 24
2.2.2.3 Industrialization 24
2.2.3 SUPPLY-SIDE ANALYSIS 25
2.2.3.1 Industry regulations 26
2.2.4 FLUCTUATIONS IN FUEL PRICES 27
2.3 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION 28
2.4 MARKET BREAKDOWN AND DATA TRIANGULATION 30
2.5 RESEARCH ASSUMPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS 31
2.5.1 ASSUMPTIONS 31
2.5.2 ASSUMPTIONS MADE FOR THIS STUDY 31
2.5.3 LIMITATIONS 32

3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 33
3.1 METAL MANUFACTURING & FABRICATION IS PROJECTED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE LARGEST SHARE BY 2020 34
3.2 ASIA-PACIFIC IS PROJECTED TO DOMINATE THE GLOBAL ARGON GAS MARKET BY 2020 35
3.3 BRAZIL IS PROJECTED TO HAVE THE HIGHEST CAGR FROM 2015 TO 2020 36
 
4 PREMIUM INSIGHTS 38
4.1 ATTRACTIVE MARKET OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARGON GAS MARKET 38
4.2 ARGON GAS MARKET IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION 39
4.3 EMERGING VS. DEVELOPED MARKETS FOR ARGON GAS, 2015 TO 2020 42

5 MARKET OVERVIEW 43
5.1 INTRODUCTION 44
5.2 MARKET EVOLUTION 44
5.3 PRODUCTION PROCESS OF ARGON GAS 45
5.3.1 INTRODUCTION 45
5.3.2 CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIAL GAS PROCESS 46
5.4 MARKET DYNAMICS 47
5.4.1 DRIVERS 47
5.4.1.1 Increased demand for electronic products 47
5.4.1.2 Growing demand from Health care Sector 49
5.4.1.3 Growing energy industry 50
5.4.1.4 Growing beverage industry 51
5.4.2 RESTRAINTS 51
5.4.2.1 Structural and regulatory restrictions 51
5.4.3 OPPORTUNITIES 52
5.4.3.1 High Demand in chemical industry 52
5.4.3.2 High demand in automotive Industry 53
5.4.4 CHALLENGES 54
5.4.4.1 Intricate manufacturing process 54

6 INDUSTRY TRENDS 55
6.1 INTRODUCTION 55
6.2 VALUE CHAIN 56
6.3 PORTER’S FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS 57
6.3.1 THREAT OF NEW ENTRANTS 58
6.3.2 THREATS OF SUBSTITUTES 58
6.3.3 BARGAINING POWER OF SUPPLIERS 58
6.3.4 BARGAINING POWER OF BUYERS 59
6.3.5 INTENSITY OF COMPETITIVE RIVALRY 59

7 ARGON GAS MARKET, BY END-USE INDUSTRY 61
7.1 INTRODUCTION 62
7.2 METAL MANUFACTURING & FABRICATION 63
7.3 FOOD & BEVERAGES 63
7.4 HEALTHCARE 64
7.5 ENERGY 64
7.6 CHEMICALS 64
7.7 ELECTRONICS 64
7.8 OTHERS 65

8 ARGON GAS MARKET, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION 66
8.1 INTRODUCTION 67
8.2 CYLINDERS & PACKAGED GAS 67
8.3 MERCHANT LIQUID/BULK 69
8.4 TONNAGE 69

9 ARGON GAS MARKET, BY MIXTURE 71
9.1 INTRODUCTION 72
9.2 ARGON-CARBON DIOXIDE 73
9.3 ARGON-OXYGEN 75
9.4 ARGON-HELIUM 76
9.5 ARGON-HYDROGEN 78
9.6 OTHER MIXTURES 79

10 ARGON GAS MARKET, BY FUNCTION 80
10.1 INTRODUCTION 81
10.2 INSULATION 81
10.3 ILLUMINATION 82
10.4 COOLING 82

11 ARGON GAS MARKET, BY REGION 84
11.1 INTRODUCTION 85
11.2 GLOBAL INDUSTRIAL GASES DATA ANALYSIS 87
11.3 ASIA-PACIFIC 88
11.3.1 CHINA 93
11.3.2 INDIA 96
11.3.3 SOUTH KOREA 99
11.3.4 JAPAN 102
11.3.5 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC 105
11.4 NORTH AMERICA 108
11.4.1 U.S. 113
11.4.2 CANADA 116
11.4.3 MEXICO 119
11.5 EUROPE 122
11.5.1 GERMANY 127
11.5.2 FRANCE 130
11.5.3 BELGIUM 133
11.5.4 U.K. 136
11.5.5 REST OF EUROPE 139
11.6 REST OF THE WORLD (ROW) 143
11.6.1 BRAZIL 147
11.6.2 SOUTH AFRICA 150
11.6.3 SAUDI ARABIA 153
11.6.4 OTHER ROW COUNTRIES 156

12 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 160
12.1 OVERVIEW 160
12.2 DEVELOPMENT ANALYSIS 161
12.3 COMPETITIVE SITUATIONS & TRENDS 162
12.4 KEY GROWTH STRATEGIES, 2011–2015 162
12.4.1 EXPANSIONS 163
12.4.2 AGREEMENTS, PARTNERSHIPS, CONTRACTS & JOINT VENTURES, 2011-2015 164
12.4.3 MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 165
12.4.4 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES 166

13 COMPANY PROFILES 167 (Company at a Glance, Business Overview, Products Offered, Key Strategy, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis & MNM View)*
13.1 INTRODUCTION 167
13.2 AIR LIQUIDE S.A. 168
13.3 AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC. 171
13.4 IWATANI CORPORATION 175
13.5 PRAXAIR INC. 177
13.6 THE LINDE GROUP 180
13.7 ADVANCED SPECIALTY GASES INC. 183
13.8 AIRGAS INC 184
13.9 MESSER GROUP 187
13.10 MATHESON TRI-GAS INC. 189
13.11 ICEBLICK LTD. 190

*Details on company at a glance, recent financials, Products offered, strategies & insights, & recent developments might not be captured in case of unlisted companies.
 
14 APPENDIX 191
14.1 INSIGHTS OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS 191
14.2 DISCUSSION GUIDE 192
14.3 COMPANY DEVELOPMENTS 195
14.3.1 AGREEMENTS, PARTNERSHIPS, CONTRACTS & JOINT VENTURES 195
14.3.2 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES 196
14.3.3 EXPANSIONS 196
14.3.4 MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 198
14.4 INTRODUCING RT: REAL-TIME MARKET INTELLIGENCE 200
14.5 AVAILABLE CUSTOMIZATIONS 201
 
LIST OF TABLES

TABLE 1 REGULATION FOR ARGON GAS STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION 26
TABLE 2 ARGON GAS MARKET SNAPSHOT (USD MILLION) 33
TABLE 3 COMPOSITION OF DRY AIR 45
TABLE 4 STANDARDS BY COMPRESSED GAS ASSOCIATION 51
TABLE 5 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 62
TABLE 6 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 63
TABLE 7 REGULATIONS ON TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE OF GAS CYLINDERS 68
TABLE 8 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 69
TABLE 9 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 70
TABLE 10 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 72
TABLE 11 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 73
TABLE 12 ARGON-CARBON DIOXIDE MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 74
TABLE 13 ARGON-CARBON DIOXIDE MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 74
TABLE 14 ARGON-OXYGEN MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 75
TABLE 15 ARGON-OXYGEN MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 76
TABLE 16 ARGON-HELIUM MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 77
TABLE 17 ARGON-HELIUM MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 77
TABLE 18 ARGON-HYDROGEN MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 78
TABLE 19 ARGON-HYDROGEN MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 78
TABLE 20 OTHER MIXTURES MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 79
TABLE 21 OTHER MIXTURES MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 79
TABLE 22 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY FUNCTION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 82
TABLE 23 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY FUNCTION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 83
TABLE 24 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 86
TABLE 25 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 86
TABLE 26 ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 90
TABLE 27 ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 90
TABLE 28 ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 91
TABLE 29 ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 91
TABLE 30 ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 92
TABLE 31 ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 92
TABLE 32 ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 92
TABLE 33 ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 93
TABLE 34 CHINA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 93
TABLE 35 CHINA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 94
TABLE 36 CHINA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 94
TABLE 37 CHINA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 95
TABLE 38 CHINA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 95
TABLE 39 CHINA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 96
TABLE 40 INDIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 96
TABLE 41 INDIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 97
TABLE 42 INDIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 97
TABLE 43 INDIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 98
TABLE 44 INDIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 98
TABLE 45 INDIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 99
TABLE 46 SOUTH KOREA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 99
TABLE 47 SOUTH KOREA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 100
TABLE 48 SOUTH KOREA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 100
TABLE 49 SOUTH KOREA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 101
TABLE 50 SOUTH KOREA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 101
TABLE 51 SOUTH KOREA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 102
TABLE 52 JAPAN: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 102
TABLE 53 JAPAN: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 103
TABLE 54 JAPAN: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 103
TABLE 55 JAPAN: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 104
TABLE 56 JAPAN: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 104
TABLE 57 JAPAN: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 105
TABLE 58 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 105
TABLE 59 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 106
TABLE 60 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 106
TABLE 61 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 107
TABLE 62 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 107
TABLE 63 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 108
TABLE 64 NORTH AMERICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 110
TABLE 65 NORTH AMERICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 110
TABLE 66 NORTH AMERICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 111
TABLE 67 NORTH AMERICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 111
TABLE 68 NORTH AMERICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 112
TABLE 69 NORTH AMERICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 112
TABLE 70 NORTH AMERICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 112
TABLE 71 NORTH AMERICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 113
TABLE 72 U.S.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 113
TABLE 73 U.S.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 114
TABLE 74 U.S.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 114
TABLE 75 U.S.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 115
TABLE 76 U.S.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 115
TABLE 77 U.S.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 116
TABLE 78 CANADA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 116
TABLE 79 CANADA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 117
TABLE 80 CANADA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 117
TABLE 81 CANADA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 118
TABLE 82 CANADA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 118
TABLE 83 CANADA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 119
TABLE 84 MEXICO: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 119
TABLE 85 MEXICO: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 120
TABLE 86 MEXICO: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 120
TABLE 87 MEXICO: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 121
TABLE 88 MEXICO: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 121
TABLE 89 MEXICO: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 122
TABLE 90 EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 124
TABLE 91 EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 124
TABLE 92 EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 125
TABLE 93 EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 125
TABLE 94 EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 126
TABLE 95 EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 126
TABLE 96 EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 126
TABLE 97 EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (‘000 UNITS) 127
TABLE 98 GERMANY: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 128
TABLE 99 GERMANY: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 128
TABLE 100 GERMANY: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 129
TABLE 101 GERMANY: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 129
TABLE 102 GERMANY: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 129
TABLE 103 GERMANY: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 130
TABLE 104 FRANCE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 131
TABLE 105 FRANCE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 131
TABLE 106 FRANCE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 132
TABLE 107 FRANCE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 132
TABLE 108 FRANCE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 132
TABLE 109 FRANCE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 133
TABLE 110 BELGIUM: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 133
TABLE 111 BELGIUM: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 134
TABLE 112 BELGIUM: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 134
TABLE 113 BELGIUM: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 135
TABLE 114 BELGIUM: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 135
TABLE 115 BELGIUM: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 136
TABLE 116 U.K.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 136
TABLE 117 U.K.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 137
TABLE 118 U.K.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 137
TABLE 119 U.K.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 138
TABLE 120 U.K.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 138
TABLE 121 U.K.: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 139
TABLE 122 REST OF EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 139
TABLE 123 REST OF EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 140
TABLE 124 REST OF EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 140
TABLE 125 REST OF EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 141
TABLE 126 REST OF EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 141
TABLE 127 REST OF EUROPE: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 142
TABLE 128 ROW: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 144
TABLE 129 ROW: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 144
TABLE 130 ROW: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 145
TABLE 131 ROW: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 145
TABLE 132 ROW: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 146
TABLE 133 ROW: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 146
TABLE 134 ROW: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 146
TABLE 135 ROW: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 147
TABLE 136 BRAZIL: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 147
TABLE 137 BRAZIL: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 148
TABLE 138 BRAZIL: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 148
TABLE 139 BRAZIL: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 149
TABLE 140 BRAZIL: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 149
TABLE 141 BRAZIL: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 150
TABLE 142 SOUTH AFRICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 150
TABLE 143 SOUTH AFRICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 151
TABLE 144 SOUTH AFRICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 151
TABLE 145 SOUTH AFRICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 152
TABLE 146 SOUTH AFRICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 152
TABLE 147 SOUTH AFRICA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 153
TABLE 148 SAUDIA ARABIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 153
TABLE 149 SAUDI ARABIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 154
TABLE 150 SAUDI ARABIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 154
TABLE 151 SAUDI ARABIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 155
TABLE 152 SAUDI ARABIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 155
TABLE 153 SAUDI ARABIA: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 156
TABLE 154 OTHER ROW COUNTRIES: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 156
TABLE 155 OTHER ROW COUNTRIES: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRY, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 157
TABLE 156 OTHER ROW COUNTRIES: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 157
TABLE 157 OTHER ROW COUNTRIES: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 158
TABLE 158 OTHER ROW COUNTRIES: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (USD MILLION) 158
TABLE 159 OTHER ROW COUNTRIES: ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY MIXTURE, 2013–2020 (THOUSAND TONS) 159
TABLE 160 EXPANSIONS, 2011–2015 163
TABLE 161 AGREEMENTS, PARTNERSHIPS, CONTRACTS & JOINT VENTURES, 2011-2015 164
TABLE 162 MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, 2011–2015 165
TABLE 163 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES, 2011–2015 166

LIST OF FIGURES

FIGURE 1 ARGON GAS MARKET 17
FIGURE 2 ARGON GAS MARKET: RESEARCH DESIGN 19
FIGURE 3 POPULATION GROWTH HAS INCREASED BY 3 BILLION IN THREE DECADES 23
FIGURE 4 INCREASE IN THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES 24
FIGURE 5 GROWTH IN MANUFACTURING & SERVICE SECTORS 25
FIGURE 6 CRUDE OIL SPOT PRICES, 2004-2014 27
FIGURE 7 NATURAL GAS PRICES, 2004-2014 27
FIGURE 8 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION METHODOLOGY: BOTTOM-UP APPROACH 28
FIGURE 9 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION METHODOLOGY: TOP-DOWN APPROACH 29
FIGURE 10 DATA TRIANGULATION METHODOLOGY 30
FIGURE 11 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY END-USE INDUSTRIES, 2015 VS. 2020 (USD MILLION) 34
FIGURE 12 ARGON GAS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2015 VS. 2020 (USD MILLION) 35
FIGURE 13 BRAZIL IS PROJECTED TO BE THE FASTEST-GROWING MARKET FOR ARGON GAS FROM 2015 TO 2020 36
FIGURE 14 ARGON-CARBON DIOXIDE GAS MIXTURE IS PROJECTED TO BE THE LEADER IN THE MARKET TILL 2020 36
FIGURE 15 LEADING MARKET PLAYERS ADOPTED EXPANSIONS AS KEY STRATEGY FROM 2011 TO 2015 37
FIGURE 16 EMERGING ECONOMIES OFFER ATTRACTIVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARGON GAS MARKET 38
FIGURE 17 METAL MANUFACTURING & FABRICATION CAPTURED THE LARGEST SHARE IN THE EMERGING ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET IN 2014 39
FIGURE 18 COUNTRY-WISE GROWTH POTENTIAL OF ARGON GAS, 2015-2020: BRAZIL PROJECTED TO BE THE FASTEST-GROWING COUNTRY FOR ARGON GAS, 2015-2020 40
FIGURE 19 ARGON GAS MARKET: ASIA-PACIFIC OCCUPIED THE LARGEST SHARE AMONG ALL REGIONS IN 2014 41
FIGURE 20 EMERGING MARKETS TO GROW FASTER THAN DEVELOPED MARKETS, 2015-2020 42
FIGURE 21 EVOLUTION OF INDUSTRIAL GASES MARKET 45
FIGURE 22 INCREASING DEMAND FROM END-USE INDUSTRIES IS THE MAIN DRIVER FOR THE GROWTH OF ARGON GAS MARKET 47
FIGURE 23 SILICON WAFER INDUSTRY TRENDS 48
FIGURE 24 FLAT PANEL DISPLAY MARKET FORECAST 48
FIGURE 25 THE GLOBAL HEALTH CARE MARKET, 2014-2050 49
FIGURE 26 GLOBAL HEALTH CARE SECTOR OUTLOOK FROM 2013 TO 2009 50
FIGURE 27 GLOBAL ENERGY DEMAND 50
FIGURE 28 GLOBAL CHEMICAL MARKET, BY GROWTH RATE (2013-2020) 52
FIGURE 29 GLOBAL VEHICLE PRODUCTION FROM 2009 TO 2014 53
FIGURE 30 ARGON GAS VALUE CHAIN 56
FIGURE 31 PORTER’S FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS 57
FIGURE 32 METAL MANUFACTURING & FABRICATION DOMINATED THE ARGON GAS MARKET IN 2014 62
FIGURE 33 CYLINDER & PACKAGED GAS SEGMENT DOMINATED THE ARGON GAS MARKET IN 2014 67
FIGURE 34 ARGON-CARBON DIOXIDE MIXTURE IS PROJECTED TO DOMINATE THE ARGON GAS MARKET 72
FIGURE 35 INSULATION FUNCTION OF ARGON GAS TO DOMINATE THE MARKET IN THE FORECAST PERIOD 81
FIGURE 36 GEOGRAPHICAL SNAPSHOT: ARGON GAS MARKET GROWTH RATE, CAGR (2015-2020) 85
FIGURE 37 GLOBAL INDUSTRIAL GASES TRADE DATA ANALYSIS (2009-2013) USD MILLION) 87
FIGURE 38 BRAZIL MARKET POISED TO GROW AT THE HIGHEST CAGR BY 2020 87
FIGURE 39 ASIA-PACIFIC: MARKET SNAPSHOT 89
FIGURE 40 NORTH AMERICA: MARKET SNAPSHOT 109
FIGURE 41 EUROPE: MARKET SNAPSHOT 123
FIGURE 42 ROW: MARKET SNAPSHOT 143
FIGURE 43 COMPANIES ADOPTED EXPANSIONS AS THEIR KEY GROWTH STRATEGY DURING THE STUDIED PERIOD (2011-2015) 160
FIGURE 44 ARGON GAS MARKET DEVELOPMENTS, BY KEY PLAYER, 2014 161
FIGURE 45 2014 IS OBSERVED TO BE THE MOST ACTIVE YEAR FOR THE ARGON GAS MARKET 162
FIGURE 46 EXPANSIONS: THE KEY GROWTH STRATEGY, 2011-2015 162
FIGURE 47 GEOGRAPHIC REVENUE MIX OF TOP FIVE PLAYERS 167
FIGURE 48 AIR LIQUIDE S.A.: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 168
FIGURE 49 AIR LIQUIDE S.A.: SWOT ANALYSIS 170
FIGURE 50 AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC.: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 171
FIGURE 51 AIR LIQUIDE S.A.: SWOT ANALYSIS 174
FIGURE 52 IWATANI CORPORATION.: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 175
FIGURE 53 PRAXAIR INC.: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 177
FIGURE 54 SWOT ANALYSIS: PRAXAIR INC. 179
FIGURE 55 THE LINDE GROUP: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 180
FIGURE 56 SWOT ANALYSIS: THE LINDE GROUP 182
FIGURE 57 AIRGAS INC: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 184
FIGURE 58 SWOT ANALYSIS: AIRGAS INC. 186
FIGURE 59 MESSER GROUP: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 187

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