MEA market for uninterruptable power supplies driven by digitalisation

New Delhi, India

The Middle East and Africa uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems market is set to be driven by factors such as the implementation of digital transformation strategies, rising number of smart factories, cities, and industrial establishments that is expected to increase the ICT and IT market spending in countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya.  This is according to the latest information from 6wresearch, whose analysts predict the sector will grow at a CAGR of 6.4% over the 2020-2026 study period.

Additionally, a surge in the number of new power plants as a result of increasing government focus on increasing the share of renewable power in countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt could generate additional demand for higher power rating UPS products in the industrial domain during the forecast period suggest the analysts. However, the market size is anticipated to witness a downturn during the year 2020 on account of falling demand due to the complete lockdown policies followed by several countries across the region in order to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presently, Saudi Arabia acquires the highest share in revenues and volume terms, which the researchers believe is on account of developing commercial and industrial sectors in order to keep aligned with the developmental plans that are included in the country’s Saudi Vision2030. Furthermore, the aforementioned domains are the biggest consumers of mid and large size UPS systems.

However, in the coming years, countries such as Qatar could witness significant growth owing to a boost in the construction segment due to the upcoming FIFA world cup 2022 and long-term development plan in public infrastructural facilities namely Qatar National Vision 2030. Further, the planned and ongoing construction projects of approximately $80 billion in the industrial sector of Nigeria is likely to create a huge potential for the application of UPS systems in the country over the coming years.

According to Apoorva Sawhney, Research Analyst, 6wresearch, “Based on phases, the 3-phase UPS systems segment holds the largest revenue share in the overall Middle East and Africa region due to its various technical advantages such as higher load sharing capacities. Furthermore, with an increasing number of storage systems and data centres in the region due to the growing adoption of cloud computing, artificial intelligence & IoT across various industries, the demand for 3-phase UPS units is anticipated to increase in the future.”

Additionally, according to Alpana Tyagi, Research Analyst, 6wresearch, “Based on kVA rating, the 1.1- 5kVA rating versions acquired the highest revenue share in the overall Middle East and Africa region because of their heavy deployment in the commercial sector such as hospital ICU wards, ATM machines, supermarkets, hypermarkets, office network servers and mainframe computers to provide seamless power backup during short power cuts.”

“However, the 20.1 - 50kVA rating segment is anticipated to grow at a healthier rate in the region over the coming years due to its application in providing protection to departmental networks, data centres, large server rooms, and critical hospital equipment during long power outages,” Alpana concluded.

Some of the major companies involved in the Middle East and Africa uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems market named by 6wresearch include Eaton Corporation Plc, Emerson Electric Co, Schneider Electric SE, and ABB Ltd.


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