Global Direct Current (DC) Electric Drives Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022-2027)

The Global Direct Current (DC) Electric Drives Market is Segmented by Voltage (Low Voltage, Medium Voltage), Power Rating (Low, Medium, High), End-User Industry (Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Chemical & Petroleum, Water & Wastewater, Metal & Mining, Food & Beverage, Discrete Industries), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: 5.1 %

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Market Overview

The Global Direct Current Electric Drives Market is expected to grow by registering a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period (2022-2027). As DC electric drives are primarily in electric traction applications, expanding the industrial and manufacturing sectors are expected to boost their demand.

  • Direct Current electric drive is a speed control system for a DC motor that supplies the required voltage to help it operate at the desired speed. These drives also help to reduce operational costs and achieve energy efficiency by regulating the speed of the motor and thereby its power consumption.
  • Owing to rapid urbanization, the electricity demand has been increasing. The rising electricity costs have also raised the need for energy-efficient systems and equipment. For instance, according to IEA, global energy intensity – a key measure of the economy’s energy efficiency – was forecasted to improve by 1.9% in 2021 after improving by only 0.5% in 2020. Such trends are expected to support the growth of the studied market.
  • According to Eurostat, in January 2022, industrial production in the EU increased by 0.4% compared to the month before. Additionally, the total production level was 2.5% above February 2020. The increasing adoption of automation and modernization of production facilities is expected to drive the demand for DC drives as they are used for variable torque applications.
  • However, the increasing popularity of AC drives across various types of motion control applications owing to several benefits such as lower operating cost and their ability to change speed more rapidly are expected to challenge the growth of the studied market during the forecast period.
  • As DC electric drives are used mostly across industries such as oil & gas, manufacturing, metal & mining, etc., the outbreak of COVID-19 had a notable impact on the studied market, as activities across this sector were significantly reduced due to various restrictions imposed by the governments to curb the spread of the virus.

Scope of the Report

A Direct Current (DC) drive is the functional circuitry that can be employed to precisely control a DC motor the drive operation allows the application of varying input levels so that the motor runs efficiently at different speeds. These drives are designed to handle applications such as mining/drilling, cranes, winders/coils, etc. The research report contains thoughtful insights, historical data, facts, historical data, and statistically supported market data.

By Voltage
Low Voltage
Medium Voltage
By Power Rating
By End-User Industry
Oil & Gas
Power Generation
Chemical & Petrochemical
Water & Wastewater
Metal & Mining
Food & Beverage
Discrete Industries
By Geography
North America
Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Oil & Gas Sector to Hold Significant Market Share

  • The oil & gas sector is among the major consumer of DC electric drives as they offer excellent controlling capabilities. Controlling flow by adjusting speed avoids energy wasted in the throttling valves. With several large machines involved in the oil & gas sector, the electrical power savings may amount to thousands of dollars annually.
  • According to Maxon Group, about 85 percent of the world's energy use is based on fossil fuel sources such as coal, oil, and gas. Furthermore, according to IEA, by 2026, global oil consumption is projected to reach 104.1 mb/d. Such trends are expected to support the growth of the studied market.
  • The sector's growth is driving the demand for DC motors and, in turn, for DC drives. Maxon Group offers brushless DC motors for downhole and directional drilling. Furthermore, these motors are utilized in various drilling applications, hydraulic valve control, communication mechanisms, and measuring instrumentation.
  • Furthermore, pipelines transport petroleum products from the extraction point to refineries and from refineries to demand areas. As DC drives control of the flow of petroleum products, the demand is expected to grow due to increased activities in the oil and gas industries globally.
Oil Production by Region

Asia Pacific to Holds Significant Share

  • The growth of industrial and manufacturing sectors, especially across countries such as China, India, and Taiwan, is expected to drive the demand for DC electric drives during the forecast period. For instance, according to IBEF, in India, outputs increased for natural gas by 11.7%, petroleum refinery production (3.7%), coal (8.2%), steel (2.8%), cement (13.6%), electricity (0.5%), in January 2022.
  • The growth of the manufacturing sector in India is also expected to be driven by several initiatives and an increasing inflow of FDIs. For instance, according to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), between April 2000 and June 2021, cumulative FDI inflows in the manufacturing subsectors amounted to USD 100.35 billion.
  • Similarly, China's industrial and manufacturing sector has witnessed exponential growth in the past few decades. For instance, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the manufacturing sector's output increased 9.8 percent, while the mining output rose 5.3 percent.
  • Water and Wastewater are another end-user industry driving the demand for DC drives as they are used at pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants. Increasing investment in water & wastewater management infrastructure across various Asia Pacific countries is expected to further drive the growth of the studied market. For instance, according to ITA, the industrial wastewater market in China is expected to reach USD 19.4 billion by 2025. Such trends are expected to create a favorable market scenario for the DC electric drives market growth during the forecast period.
Global Direct Current (DC) Electric Drives Market

Competitive Landscape

The Direct Current (DC) Electric Drives Market is moderately competitive. Competitive advantage can be attained through innovation. Hence, the vendors must invest significantly in new product development and acquisitions. Some major vendors operating in the market include ABB Ltd, Kirloskar Electric Company Limited, Rockwell Automation, and Parker Hannifin Corp.

  • March 2022 - To extend its drive portfolio in the safety extra-low-voltage range for 24-48V EC motors, Siemens introduced a new servo drive system named Simatic Micro-Drive. The Simatic Micro-Drive will offer units from 100 watts to 1 kilowatt and allow side-by-side rail mounting. Compatible controllers from the SIMATIC portfolio complement the motion control functionalities of this product.
  • October 2021 - Rockwell Automation and NHP launched the PowerFlex 6000T medium voltage (MV) drives, featuring common control architecture and TotalFORCE technology. The product offers easy configuration, integration, and visualization in the Studio 5000 design environment.

Recent Development

  • October 2021 - Parker Hannifin announced the launch of its Global Vehicle Inverter (GVI) low and high-voltage drives. The series is intended to meet the requirements of on-road commercial and off-road hybrid/electric vehicles. According to the company, these drives can also be used in non-traction applications, such as construction equipment, electro-hydraulic actuators/pumps for medium and high-power cylinders found in aerial lifts, material handling systems, wheel loaders, refuse trucks, mining machinery, and excavators.
  • September 2021 - SigmaSense Inc announced the issuance of patents 10,951,457, 11,003,205, 11,054,852 and 11,061,847. These patents will expand its technology protection in low voltage drive circuits, particularly for automotive applications.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growth of the Industrial & Manufacturing Sector

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Adoption of Evs

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Increasing Adoption of AC Technology


    1. 6.1 By Voltage

      1. 6.1.1 Low Voltage

      2. 6.1.2 Medium Voltage

    2. 6.2 By Power Rating

      1. 6.2.1 Low

      2. 6.2.2 Medium

      3. 6.2.3 High

    3. 6.3 By End-User Industry

      1. 6.3.1 Oil & Gas

      2. 6.3.2 Power Generation

      3. 6.3.3 Chemical & Petrochemical

      4. 6.3.4 Water & Wastewater

      5. 6.3.5 Metal & Mining

      6. 6.3.6 Food & Beverage

      7. 6.3.7 Discrete Industries

      8. 6.3.8 Others

    4. 6.4 By Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia Pacific

      4. 6.4.4 Latin America

      5. 6.4.5 Middle-East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 ABB Ltd

      2. 7.1.2 Kirloskar Electric Company Limited

      3. 7.1.3 Rockwell Automation

      4. 7.1.4 Nidec Motor Corporation

      5. 7.1.5 Parker Hannifin Corp

      6. 7.1.6 Eurotherm (Schneider Electric SE)

      7. 7.1.7 SRI Electronics

      8. 7.1.8 Siemens AG

      9. 7.1.9 Sprint Electric Limited

      10. 7.1.10 Renown Electric

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Direct Current (DC) Electric Drives Market, DC drive market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Global Direct Current (DC) Electric Drives Market, DC drive is growing at a CAGR of 5.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

ABB Ltd., Kirloskar Electric Company Limited, Rockwell Automation, Parker Hannifin Corp, Nidec Motor Corporation are the major companies operating in Global Direct Current (DC) Electric Drives Market, DC drive.

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