According to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, North American Reciprocating and Rotary Vacuum Pumps Market, predicts demand for reciprocating and rotary vacuum pumps in North America will grow from USD 484.5 million in 2005 to reach USD 584.2 million in 2012. According to Frost, a lack of innovative products has compelled manufacturers of reciprocating and rotary pumps to compete on prices. However, Frost says manufacturers are working to stem this trend by offering engines that are more energy efficient, as well as by offering improved customer care from the time of initial contact to even after installation. Manufacturers are also promoting their products’ lower servicing and maintenance requirements, as well as sophisticated controls and diagnostic systems. Frost says some participants are also marketing the reduced size of their equipment as a significant product benefit. As a result, Frost & Sullivan says dry rotary pumps are becoming increasingly popular in end-user sectors where high purity is a requirement, such as hospitals, pharmaceutical facilities, laboratories, and certain chemical-processing environments. Meanwhile, reciprocating vacuum pumps have a reputation for optimum efficiency throughout the lifetime of the equipment, which considerably reduces maintenance needs. As a result, Frost says the aerospace and defense sector have contributed greatly to the growth in demand for this pump network.