Acoustic Enclosures Packaging Market To Record Exponential Growth by 2027January 9, 2020 | Enclosures
An acoustic enclosure is the first line of defence when it comes to controlling noise levels in the industrial workplace. Using an enclosure can control the noise emissions of pumps and motors at source, reducing noise pollution without affecting the efficiency of equipment.
The Rise of Noise Pollution
The noise produced by industrial machinery can constitute a significant health risk to operatives and other members of the workforce. As heavy industrialisation progresses, particularly in developing markets, so the risks to occupational health continue to rise. Exposure to elevated levels of uncontrolled workplace noise can lead not only to hearing impairment but to raised blood pressure, sleep disturbance and heart disease. The benefits of applying noise enclosures are driving the global market. The World Health Organisation has described noise pollution as a curse of modern times and a major environmental problem.
Noise Enclosures and Their Uses
Acoustic enclosure systems have a valuable role to play in diminishing unsafe levels of noise pollution. They can be used in a variety of applications, including process enclosures and facility dividers, creating quiet areas and isolating control rooms as well as containing fans and motors. Using modular designs and pre-assembled units, noise enclosures can be tailor-made to suit customer requirements with HVAC, plumbing and lighting systems all available as options.
But it’s not only a concern for health and safety that is driving the noise enclosures market. The rise of the machines is creating unprecedented levels of destructive turbulence. Industry is also concerned with the amount of compensation required for workers with hearing impairments. Then there’s the regulatory landscape. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 in the UK sets the level at which hearing protection must be provided as 85db – punch presses and riveters score closer to 120db. The HSE has produced guidance on workplace design that includes the use of noise enclosures, but installation costs and breakages are some of the factors that act as restraints.
The market for noise control enclosure is divided into North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.
The growth markets are to be found in the BRIC countries – Brazil, India and China – and Africa. These rapidly expanding markets have been driven by emerging economies undergoing a huge growth spurt in heavy industrialisation combined with a growth in demand for industrial automation which is driving the noise control enclosure market in those regions.
The African acoustic enclosure market has been steadily growing over the last two or three years, driven by economic and industrial growth in those countries. The rise in use of noise enclosure solutions has a direct correlation to the rise in concern about the general level of noise pollution in some of Africa’s biggest cities and the negative impact on human health.