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IMS Research claims that the premium-efficiency induction motor market will triple in size by 2011.

According to the company, there are two significant factors that will affect the worldwide AC induction motor market over the next five years.

One factor is the government-led movement towards higher-efficiency motors.

IMS claims that governments have introduced legislation – or encouraged voluntary industry agreements – that will dramatically shift the market away from EPAct and EFF2 motors to higher-efficiency motors.

The US government, for instance, has passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).

This law requires that, from 19 December 2010, all general-purpose motors of more than 1hp and less than 200hp will have to meet or exceed NEMA premium motor efficiency levels.

Governments and trade bodies in the EU, China, Korea and Australia have enacted similar legislation or agreements.

Three quarters of the world’s industrial AC induction motors being sold each year do not meet the efficiency standards that will be required under these agreements, according to the research company.

Steve Odom, an analyst, said: ‘The market for higher-efficiency motors is going to triple in revenue by 2011.

‘This represents a significant opportunity for motor vendors to take market share with well-designed, reasonably priced efficient motors,’ he added.

IMS added that another factor is the rapid slowing of growth in the worldwide economy; the worldwide market is forecast to contract by more than seven per cent in 2009.

This decline is offset in part by positive – although much slower – growth in China.

The EMEA and the US are seeing much slower growth, according to the company.

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