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Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation Market Regaining Ground

The National Insulation Association's (NIA's) 2010 Industry Measurement Survey results indicate that the commercial and industrial mechanical insulation market is beginning to recover from the effects of the overall economic downturn. From 2009 to 2010, the overall market grew 4.9 percent, ending just south of $10 billion ($9.9 billion), after decreasing by 27.4 percent from 2008 to 2009.

The survey was sponsored by NIA's Foundation for Education, Training, and Industry Advancement. To conduct and prepare the study and to ensure strict confidentiality of responses, NIA employed Industry Insights, Inc., a survey research firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Confidential survey forms were sent to industry companies in January 2011, and completed responses were received through early March.

The survey's goal is to provide valuable data regarding sales, market size, and sales growth for the U.S. commercial and industrial insulation market. Since the first survey was completed in 1997, the market has shown a net growth from $6.2 billion to $9.9 billion, a 60.4 percent increase in 14 years. That equates to a 3.7 percent annual compounded growth rate. If that compound trend continues for the next 14 years, the industry will approach $17 billion in 2024.

It is important to note that the initial release of the 2010 survey results indicated the 2009 and 2010 markets at $10.0 and $10.5 billion respectively, which resulted in a 26.4 percent decline in 2009 and 4.9 percent recovery in 2010. A data programming error was subsequently discovered that affected years 2006–2010. The discussion and historical graph in Figure 1 is based on the revised survey numbers. NIA apologizes for releasing the initial results prior to discovering the error and for any confusion it may have created.

Based on the survey methodology, $9.9 billion is a conservative number. The survey does not include data related to metal building insulation; heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) duct liner; original equipment manufacturer products; building insulation; refractory products; other specialty insulations; or insulation products or technologies not currently encompassed in NIA's scope of mechanical insulation products. The value added by fabricators and laminators has not been accounted for, nor has the potential impact of imported products been included.

NIA performs the Industry Measurement Survey every two years. A more detailed analysis of the 2010 survey results will appear in Insulation Outlook and NIA News this summer. The Insulation Outlook article will be available at

This press release dates from April 2011.

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