Helium Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2030

Helium Market Research Report Information By Form (Liquid and Gas), By Application (Cryogenics, Pressurizing and Purging, Welding, Leak Detection, Breathing Mixtures, Controlled Atmosphere, and others), By End-Use Industry (Aerospace & Defense, Electrical & Electronics, Medical, Automotive, Energy, Leisure/Recreational, Welding & Metal Fabrication, and others), And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) – Market Forecast Till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/6590-HCR | 140 Pages | Author: Priya Nagrale | February 2024         

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Global Helium Market Overview


Helium Market Size was valued at USD 20.8 billion in 2021. The helium industry is projected to grow from USD 21.90 billion in 2022 to USD 31.44 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.30% during the forecast period (2022 - 2030). The expansion of cryogenics and liquid helium use in MRI scanners and the rapid expansion of the medical industry are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.


Helium Market Overview


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Helium Market Trends




  • Growing Healthcare Sector to boost the market growth




There are several applications for helium in the healthcare industry. Liquid helium is ideal for MRI machine magnet cooling since it can cool to -269° C. Additionally, it is utilized to observe breathing. It is crucial to managing breathing disorders such as asthma, emphysema, and others. By 2022, it is anticipated that the country's healthcare sector will be worth USD 372 billion, primarily due to diseases, rising income, more insurance coverage, and growing health awareness. With a 1.6% annual growth rate, India's medical industry is gaining from the country's expanding populace. An aging population of nearly 100 million people, rising rates of lifestyle diseases, rising affluence, and greater use of health insurance are driving the helium industry expansion toward more advanced and precise medical devices.


The number of manufacturing facilities and development centers in the US has increased significantly due to the emphasis on producing high-end products. It is predicted to raise its consumption over the projection period. The largest aerospace industry in the world is also found in the United States. Due to unfavorable pilot demographics, the availability of significantly less expensive alternatives for recreational use, and the overall rising cost of aircraft ownership, the total active general aviation fleet is predicted to shrink by 0.9 percent from 212,335 aircraft in 2019 to 210,380 aircraft by 2040. The fleet of more expensive and sophisticated turbine-powered aircraft, including rotorcraft, is anticipated to rise by 14,640 aircraft, or 1.82% per year, between 2019 and 2040. Still, the fleet of turbojet aircraft is anticipated to grow by 2.32% per year.


Electronics manufacturers primarily use it in Asia to produce semiconductors, flat-panel displays, and optical fibers. The material is a coolant in panel construction, silicon wafers, and device manufacturing processes. The growth of the electronics markets in China, South Korea, and Taiwan is predicted to drive the market, which enhanced the helium market CAGR across the globe in recent years.


It is possible to cool objects to a thousandth of a Kelvin, or less than minus 267 degrees Celsius, using the stable refrigerant helium. It cannot be compared to any other coolant. The superconducting machinery of particle accelerators is cooled in liquid form. Accelerators can be many miles long and need to be cooled throughout. After being filled with it, an accelerator can keep using the refrigerant, another factor driving the growth of the helium market revenue.


Helium Market Segment Insights


Helium Form Insights


The helium market segmentation, based on form, includes liquid and gas. The gas segment held the majority share in 2021 of the helium market revenue. Due to its exceptionally low solubility in water and blood, it is employed as a deep-sea diving gas at depths below 30 meters. The oxygen-breathing mixtures like heliair, trimix, and heliox are used instead of nitrogen/oxygen-breathing mixtures to prevent nitrogen narcosis or the build-up of nitrogen in the blood. Its chemical inertness makes it a preferred protective gas. Due to its high specific heat and excellent thermal conductivity in producing semiconductors, it serves as a cooling gas.


Figure 2:  Helium Market by Form, 2021 & 2030 (USD Billion)


Helium Market by Form


Helium Application Insights


The helium market segmentation, based on application, includes cryogenics, pressurizing and purging, welding, leak detection, breathing mixtures, controlled atmosphere, and others. The cryogenics segment dominated the market in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period 2022-2030. For cryogenic applications like electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR), superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), particle accelerators, the large hadron collider, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMEs), helium is used as a super coolant, positively impacts the market growth.


Helium End-Use Industry Insights


The helium market data has been bifurcated by the end-use industry into aerospace & defense, electrical & electronics, medical, automotive, energy, leisure/recreational, welding & metal fabrication, and others. The medical industry segment dominated the market in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period 2022-2030. There are numerous uses in the medical industry. Since it can chill MRI magnets to a temperature of -269° C, the liquid form is the best option. Helium is also used to keep track of breathing. It is a key component in treating asthma, emphysema, and other breathing problems.


Helium Regional Insights


By Region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. North America market accounted for USD 8.20 billion in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a significant CAGR growth during the study period. The US aerospace and defense sectors contributed to the market's 865 billion USD revenue. Expanding the healthcare sector and technology development will further boost market expansion.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are: The U.S., Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 3:  HELIUM MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2021 (%)


HELIUM MARKET SHARE BY REGION


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe helium market accounts for the second-largest market share. In the foreseeable years, Europe is also anticipated to strengthen its position with solid helium market growth. The region's growth will be considerably enhanced by the expanding demand for low-cost, high-tech products and products made of metal. Further, the Germany helium market held the largest market share, and the UK helium market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.


The Asia-Pacific Helium Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2022 to 2030. End-use industries, such as electronics, electrical, medical, automotive, etc., will be aided by market expansion. The need will rise in places like China and India. Recently, China allocated over USD 150.2 billion to buy it for its defense industry in 2017. Moreover, China helium market held the largest market share, and the India helium market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Helium Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Major market players are spending a lot of money on R&D to increase their product lines, which will help the helium market grow even more. Market participants are also taking various strategic initiatives to grow their footprint, with key market developments such as new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Competitors in the helium industry must offer cost-effective items to expand and survive in an increasingly competitive and rising market environment.


One of the primary business strategies manufacturers adopt in the helium industry to benefit clients and expand the market sector is manufacturing locally to reduce operating costs. In recent years, the helium industry has provided some of the most significant benefits. The helium market major players such as Air Products and Chemicals Inc (US), The Linde Group (Germany), Praxair Technology Inc (UK), Air Liquide (France), and others are working on expanding the market demand by investing in research and development activities.


Selling gases and chemicals for industrial usage is the main line of business for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., an American multinational corporation. The administrative center of Air Products is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the state's Lehigh Valley. Air Products provides atmospheric industrial gases (primarily oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide), process and specialized gases, performance materials, and chemical intermediates to customers in the technology, energy, healthcare, food, and industrial markets across the globe. In October 2019, Air Products was given a contract by NASA to supply it for its space projects. According to NASA, the agreement with Air Products started on October 1 and will last for two years, with three one-year options to extend it through September 30, 2024. The contract is worth USD 168 million in total.


Also, The Linde Group is a large, worldwide chemical corporation with its headquarters in the UK and its domicile in Ireland as of 2018. It was founded in Germany. Customers from the healthcare, petroleum refining, manufacturing, food, beverage carbonation, fiber-optics, steel production, aerospace, material handling equipment (MHE), chemicals, electronics, and water treatment sectors are served by it. In April 2022, a long-term contract was reached by Linde to deliver it to the United States from the Texas production facility of Freeport LNG. Linde will build a new processing facility to purify and liquefy recovered helium.


Key Companies in the helium market include



  • Noble Helium Pty Ltd (Australia)

  • Air Products and Chemicals Inc (US)

  • The Linde Group (Germany)

  • Praxair Technology Inc (UK)

  • Air Liquide (France)

  • Nippon Helium Inc (Japan)

  • Gulf Cryo (Kuwait)

  • Weil Group (US)

  • Messer Group GmbH (Germany)

  • nexAir LLC (US)

  • Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatar), among others


Helium Industry Developments


November 2021: First Helium Inc., an exploration company with significant development potential throughout western Canada, announced that its technical team had finished evaluating about 880,000 acres of potential lands in Southern Alberta (Canada) and had taken the initiative over another 276,000 acres of land, which included more than 176,000 acres of corresponding 3D seismic and 512 kilometers of 2D seismic for another two years.


January 2020: The Ladder Creek plant and collection system were acquired by Tumbleweed Midstream from DCP Midstream. West of Colorado's Cheyenne Wells is where the plant is situated. With an average concentration of roughly 3%, the helium produced in this area has a high content.


Helium Market Segmentation


Helium Form Outlook



  • Liquid

  • Gas


Helium Application Outlook



  • Cryogenics

  • Pressurizing and Purging

  • Welding

  • Leak Detection

  • Breathing Mixtures

  • Controlled Atmosphere

  • Others


Helium End-Use Industry Outlook



  • Aerospace & Defense

  • Electrical & Electronics

  • Medical

  • Automotive

  • Energy

  • Leisure/Recreational

  • Welding & Metal Fabrication

  • others


Helium Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America



Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2021 USD 20.8 billion
Market Size 2022 USD 21.90 billion
Market Size 2030 USD 31.44 billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 5.30% (2022-2030)
Base Year 2021
Market Forecast Period 2022-2030
Historical Data 2018 & 2020
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Form, Application, End-Use Industry, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Noble Helium Pty Ltd (Australia), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc (US), The Linde Group (Germany), Praxair Technology, Inc (UK), Air Liquide (France), Nippon Helium Inc (Japan), Gulf Cryo (Kuwait), Weil Group (US), Messer Group GmbH (Germany), nexAir LLC (US), and Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatar)
Key Market Opportunities The expanding medical industry with increased spending on the establishment of new healthcare facilities
Key Market Dynamics The rising use of liquid form in MRI scanners and cryogenics The rapid expansion of the medical industry




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The helium market size was valued at USD 20.8 Billion in 2021.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.30% during the forecast period 2022-2030.

North America had the largest share in the market.

The key players in the helium market are Noble Helium Pty Ltd (Australia), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc (US), The Linde Group (Germany), Praxair Technology, Inc (UK), Air Liquide (France), Nippon Helium Inc (Japan), Gulf Cryo (Kuwait), Weil Group (US), Messer Group GmbH (Germany), nexAir LLC (US), and Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatar).

The gas form category dominated the helium market in 2021.

The medical industry had the largest share of the helium market.

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