The market for hydraulic seals
Hydraulic seals are used in hydraulic cylinders to seal the openings between several components in the hydraulic cylinder. Seals can be machined or molded, and are carefully designed using sophisticated simulation software. Hydraulic seals are made of various materials, such as polyurethane, rubber or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). It has a high resistance to fluids, heat and wear. The main task of hydraulic seals is to retain hydraulic oil, keep the piston rod and piston aligned (to exclude solid or liquid contaminants) and maintain hydraulic pressure. Hydraulic seals are used in a variety of end-use industries, such as aerospace, automotive, agriculture, construction, oil and gas, marine and chemical.
The Asia-Pacific region accounted for the largest share of the global hydraulic seals market in 2019. The increase in the level of industrialization and urbanization has led to the region's dominant position in the market. Due to the growing economic conditions in the region, its industrial activity has been stimulated. The exponential growth in various industrial sectors such as aerospace, automobiles, ships, and agriculture is affecting the demand for hydraulic sealing systems. Currently, the oil and gas industry is expanding in the Asia-Pacific region. According to IOGP's "Global Production Report 2019", the demand for oil and natural gas in Asia-Pacific countries has reached its peak. Likewise, the demand for equipment used in this industry is also high. The equipment must have excellent sealing properties to prevent oil leakage. The hydraulic seal is essential to prevent gas leakage in the cylinder. The linear movement of oil through the hydraulic cylinder also depends on these seals to generate the required pressure.
The COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. As of December 2020, the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico are among the most affected countries in terms of confirmed COVID-19 cases and reported deaths . According to the latest data from the World Health Organization, there are approximately 81,159,096 confirmed cases and 1,791,246 deaths worldwide. Due to lockdowns, travel bans and business closures, the epidemic is having an adverse impact on all walks of life around the world. The global manufacturing industry is one of the major industries that have suffered severe disruptions such as supply chain disruptions, cancellations of technical incidents, and office closures.
Hydraulic cylinders have been widely used in various end-use industries, such as automobiles, agriculture, construction, aerospace, and oil and gas. Hydraulic seals play a key role in hydraulic cylinders. High-performance seals are required to contain the pressure fluid in the hydraulic cylinder system and keep it in motion. In industries where hydraulic systems play a key role, continued demand is driving the adoption of hydraulic cylinders, thereby driving the growth of the hydraulic seal market. The irreplaceability of hydraulic systems in aviation, manufacturing, construction equipment and infrastructure also promotes the growth of the hydraulic seal market. Combining machinery with hydraulic cylinders can improve functionality, accuracy, and enhance control performance and ease of use. The increasing demand for material handling equipment and the increasing construction activities that contribute to economic development have led to the continuous increase in the utilization rate of hydraulic cylinders. In addition, hydraulic cylinders based on double-acting functions are widely used in heavy trucks, forklifts and earthmoving equipment. Therefore, the wide use of hydraulic cylinders in various end-use industries, coupled with technological advancements in the hydraulic industry, is driving the growth of the hydraulic seal market.
Based on products, the global hydraulic seal market is divided into wiper seals, piston seals, rod seals, buffer seals, etc. The rod seal segment is a market leader in 2019. The rod seal is a sealing device that prevents fluid from leaking from the cylinder and keeps the movement between the piston head and the cylinder head. These types of seals are mainly used in fluid power devices and hydraulic cylinders to seal system pressure. In most fluid power systems, the proper sealing effect or proper function of the rod seal is a parameter of decision-making efficiency and effectiveness. Therefore, the rod seal is one of the most important components of the sealing system, because any failure to perform the rod seal will have a significant impact on the performance of the entire equipment. In addition to all factors applicable to piston seals, poorly performing piston rod seals can also cause fluid loss, which may also affect the environment. These types of seals are used to connect to the piston rod of a cylinder. Rod seals can be used in hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders. There are many kinds of rod seals on the market, such as hydraulic rod seals, pneumatic rod seals, U-shaped gaskets and custom-designed rod seals.
Based on the end user industry, the hydraulic seal market is segmented into automotive, aerospace, agriculture, chemical, marine and other fields. The chemical industry accounted for the largest market share in 2019. The chemical industry includes a variety of processes, products and factories. This high degree of diversity requires individually customized sealing solutions. In the field of chemical process technology, special emphasis is placed on outstanding resistance. This demanding discipline is dominated by advanced manufacturing technology and various chemicals. From liquid feeding systems to reactors, to valves to storage tanks, hydraulic seals can be used to resist contaminants, high temperatures or extreme pressures.
Companies generally use mergers and acquisitions, research and development and other strategies to expand their global influence, which is affecting the scale of the market. Participants in the global hydraulic seal market are implementing these strategies to expand their customer base and gain a considerable market share globally. It also allows them to maintain their brand name globally.
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