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The major product categories of the Vacuum Technology are:
- Vacuum Pumps
- Vacuum Instrumentation (e.g. pressure gauges, leak detectors, mass spectrometers)
- Vacuum Hardware (e.g. Valves, Flanges and Fittings, chambers, feedthroughs)
The manufactures of these vacuum components serve the following markets (customers) with its products:
None of which would be possible without Vacuum Technology and specially designed vacuum components. The mayor goal is a quick development of market relevant standards.
Description of the Business Environment
Today our standard of living is heavily dependent on Vacuum Technology and on the products that it has spawned.
Without it many of the familiar items of modern everyday life would be unknown, such as:
- compact discs
- powerful computers
- light bulbs
- coated eyeglass lenses
- coated glasses for the building industry
- mobile telephones
- trustworthy food packaging
- x-ray machines
- electron microscopes
- thermos jugs
Vacuum technology frequently makes it possible to replace processes that harm the environment with others that protect the environment. This is true of vacuum pumps and other vacuum components such as measuring devices and leak detectors, which are involved in many industrial applications including, among others,
- vacuum packaging of food
- evacuation and environment-friendly charging of refrigerators and air conditioners
- production of ultrapure high-strength metals
- evacuation of lamps and CRT´s
- manufacture of flat-panel displays.
Quantitative Indicators of the Business Environment
The largest vacuum component market segment is semiconductor process vacuum with nearly 40 %, followed by industrial vacuum at 14 %, process vacuum at 11 %, thin-film deposition (non-semiconductor) vacuum at 11 % and instrumentation manufacturers at 8 %. The vacuum components market includes pumps and pumping packages, instrumentation, hardware including valves and couplings and after-sales including spare parts and service.
The statistics are based on a world-wide data collection program, run by the associations since 2002 and audited by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Participation has been relatively stable since 2004. The working group believes that the data represents about 85% of the total vacuum components market, with the main shortfall being in the 'Rough' Pumping product sector together with the missing indigenous manufacturers in those countries not yet participating (China and Korea for example).
The information is published with friendly permission of the Working Group of the International Statistic Program on Vacuum Technology (ISVT).
The ISVT Working Group represents members of regional vacuum associations; AVEM (Association of Vacuum Equipment Manufacturers International), EVTA (European Vacuum Technology Association) and JVIA (Japan Vacuum Industry Association) in co-operation with SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International).
Sustainability projects and low carbon initiates need compressed air, gas and vacuum equipment
Increasing concern about the environment and the need to foster energy efficiency are addressed by the European Climate Change Programme and its subsequent legislative measures. Pneurop supports the overall sustainable energy policy objectives of the European Union within the sphere of its responsibilities. Its members companies actively promote energy efficiency for the benefit of their customers as part of their daily business activity.