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Electric motor sales: IE1 still well ahead of IE3

From January 1, 2015, all electric motors with a rated output of 7.5 kW – 375 kW sold in the EU must meet either the IE3 efficiency standard or IE2 if fitted with a variable-speed drive. This means that suppliers have only a few months to prepare for the new legislation and many have already removed all low-efficiency IE1 motors from stock.

“Motor suppliers have only a few months to prepare for the new legislation”

With this in mind, it’s surprising to learn that worldwide sales and revenues of IE1-rated motors are still outstripping those of IE2 and IE3 machines. The research from IHS reveals that the global market for IE1 motors is currently around £4 billion, with IE3 machines at £2.4 billion.

The reason for this is that there are many parts of the world where upgrading to more energy-efficient equipment is still not regulated or incentivised. Where this is the case, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) machine builders tend to opt for IE1 motors (the least expensive option) in order to keep their costs – and their prices – down. So although they can sell products such as kitchen appliances, tools and industrial equipment cheaper, their customers bear the brunt with higher electricity bills due to the inefficiency of their product.  

“By 2019, the global market for IE3 motors will be worth £5 billion”

IE3 motor sales and revenues are on the rise, though, and IHS predicts that IE3 motor revenues will overtake those of IE1 machines in 2017. This is when the EU migration to IE3 is scheduled to reach phase 3 and China also begins its move to IE3. By 2019 it’s estimated that the market for IE3 motors will be worth over £5 billion, by which time revenues for IE1 machines will have dropped to £3.3 billion.

If you’re an OEM of electric motors, now’s the time to get prepared for the upcoming EU legislation change. So let Gibbons take care of your electric motor needs and call Paul Scott on 01621 868138 or email for advice and a competitive quote. 

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