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Powder Metallurgy: Technologies and Global Markets

Abstract

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

This report provides:

  • An overview of the global powder metallurgy market
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011, estimates for 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017
  • Reviews of companies that manufacture powder metal and other related materials used in the process, such as ceramics and nanopowders, special alloys, and metal matrix composites; and companies that make parts and components for automotive products, industrial and tolling equipment, recreation and hobby items, appliances, business machines, and other products
  • Discussion of manufacturing capability and consumption by regional markets
  • Examinations of industry standards, government and industry support, and other key factors related to the success of powder metallurgy
  • Identification of market drivers within the industry
  • Evaluations of the quantity and value of various powders and parts shipments in the next five years
  • Projections of technological issues, trends, and other influential factors
  • Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry.

SAMPLE FIGURE
GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY PARTS AND POWDERS SHIPMENTS, 2011-2017
($ MILLIONS)

Source: BCC Research

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

This report, an update of an earlier BCC Research report, has the goal of providing the most up-to-date information on the current status of the global powder metallurgy market and to assess its growth potential during the period from 2012 to 2017. The different types of metal powders and their consumption in different applications are of particular interest.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

Powder metallurgy (PM) has been a steady industry over the past several decades, growing from the 1980s. Much of its growth derived from metal powder-based parts used to replace castings, forgings and machined parts. The industry has consistently demonstrated that it could meet the demand of manufacturers at a lower cost than other technologies.

PM technology is still evolving, and the industry has adopted particulates (i.e., powders and materials not made solely of metals). Products are changing too, and PM can be adapted or modified to meet their demands. BCC Research last examined this market in September 2010, and thus considers this an appropriate time to analyze recent developments.

SCOPE OF REPORT

This report analyzes the PM industry on a global basis, including manufacturing capability and consumption by regional markets. It also examines industry standards, government and industry support, and other key factors related to the success of powder metallurgy.

Market drivers within the industry are identified. The quantity and value of various powders and parts shipments is projected from 2011 to 2012, and then over a five-year period from 2012 to 2017. Technological issues and trends are projected and other influential factors are discussed.

The report identifies major manufacturers of powder metal and other related materials, such as ceramics and nanopowders, special alloys and metal matrix composites. It also includes companies that make parts and components for automotive products, industrial and tolling equipment, recreation and hobby items, appliances, business machines and other products.

METHODOLOGY

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in the preparation of this study. BCC Research presents an analysis of the volume shipped in 2011 for each major segment of the PM industry. The estimated value of shipments is based on the price the manufacturers paid in non-depreciated U.S. dollars.

Based on its analysis of PM properties, advantages, demand factors, competition and other information, BCC projects the potential growth in volume of each segment and forecasts price trends for 2012 and 2017 as the basis for estimating the value of shipments for these same time periods

INFORMATION SOURCES

BCC Research interviewed approximately 125 companies to obtain data for this study. Among the persons interviewed were chemists, process equipment specialists, marketing executives, operations personnel and users of various powder metal parts. Participants included representatives of the automotive industry, tooling companies and industrial buyers. Additional data were obtained from government publications, trade associations, industry and financial sources, and an exhaustive review of technical literature.

ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS

The author of the BCC report on which this updated edition is based is Robert H. Moran. Mr. Moran has worked as a technology market analyst and technology writer for more than 20 years and is the author of numerous BCC Research reports. He has authored reports covering various deposition technologies, displays, solar energy and solid-state lighting. He earned a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

The analyst responsible for updating the report is Andrew McWilliams, a partner in the Boston - based international technology and marketing consulting firm 43rd Parallel LLC. Mr. McWilliams is the author or co-author of many other BCC studies.

Table of Contents

Powder Metallurgy: Technologies and Global Markets

Chapter - 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary

  • STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
  • REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
  • SCOPE OF REPORT
  • METHODOLOGY
  • INFORMATION SOURCES
  • ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
  • RELATED BCC REPORTS
  • BCC ONLINE SERVICES
  • DISCLAIMER

Chapter - 2: SUMMARY

  • Table Summary: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY PARTS AND POWDER SHIPMENTS, THROUGH 2017
  • Figure Summary: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY PARTS AND POWDERS SHIPMENTS, 2011-2017

Chapter - 3: OVERVIEW

  • HISTORY
  • POWDER METALLURGY PROCESS
  • MAKING METAL POWDERS
  • POWDER METALLURGY APPLICATIONS

Chapter - 4: INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
  • KEY COMPANIES IN THE POWDER METALLURGY INDUSTRY
  • CHARACTERISTICS OF THE 2011 POWDER METALLURGY INDUSTRY
  • POWDER METALLURGY MANUFACTURING BY REGION
  • CONSUMPTION OF POWDER METALLURGY PRODUCTS BY REGION
  • MARKET LEADERS
  • COMPANY PROFILES

Chapter - 5: TECHNOLOGY

  • CONVENTIONAL POWDER METALLURGY
  • FULLY DENSE PROCESSING
  • HIGH-DENSITY PROCESSING OF FERROUS METAL PARTS
  • SECONDARY OPERATIONS
  • METAL POWDER PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
  • PATENT ANALYSIS

Chapter - 6: COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT

  • ECONOMIC TRENDS
  • MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION
  • INDUSTRY AND TRADE SUPPORT
  • STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT

Chapter - 7: POWDER METALLURGY MATERIALS AND PARTS MARKETS

  • FERROUS POWDER METALS AND PARTS
  • ALUMINUM POWDERS AND PARTS
  • COPPER POWDERS AND COPPER-BASED PARTS
  • NICKEL-BASED POWDERS AND PARTS
  • MARKETS FOR TUNGSTEN AND MOLYBDENUM POWDERS AND ALLOY PM PARTS
  • TIN POWDERS AND TIN-BASE PARTS
  • PARTICULATES AND OTHER ADVANCED MATERIALS
  • GLOBAL POWDER AND PARTS GROWTH

List of Tables

  • Summary Table: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY PARTS AND POWDER SHIPMENTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 1: OVERVIEW OF THE POWDER METALLURGY PROCESS
    • Table 2: BASIC POWDER MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
    • Table 3: END PRODUCTS THAT USE POWDER METALLURGY PARTS
    • Table 4: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY INDUSTRY STRUCTURE, 2011
    • Table 5: KEY COMPANIES IN THE GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY INDUSTRY
    • Table 6: GLOBAL SHARE OF POWDER METALLURGY MANUFACTURING BY REGION, 2011 - 2017
    • Table 7: POWDER METALLURGY CONSUMPTION BY REGION, 2011 - 2017
    • Table 8: POWDER METALLURGY PROCESS
    • Table 9: PARTS BY COMPLEXITY, THICKNESS AND PRESSING
    • Table 10: CONTINUOUS-SINTERING FURNACES BY TYPE
    • Table 11: BASIC HOT ISOSTATIC PRESSING PROCESS
    • Table 12: BASIC COLD ISOSTATIC PRESSING PROCESS
    • Table 13: BASIC METAL INJECTION MOLDING PROCESS
    • Table 14: WARM COMPACTING PROCESS
    • Table 15: SECONDARY OPERATIONS
    • Table 16: WATER AND GAS ATOMIZATION PROCESS COMPARISONS
    • Table 17: PARTICULATE MATERIALS
    • Table 18: BENEFITS OF ADDED MATERIALS TO THE POWDER METALLURGY INDUSTRY
    • Table 19: COMMONLY USED ADVANCED CERAMIC MATERIALS
    • Table 20: COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS FOR CERAMIC NANOPOWDERS
    • Table 21: PATENTS BY AREA OF POWDER METALLURGY TECHNOLOGY, 2008 - AUGUST 2012
    • Table 22: POWDER METALLURGY PATENTS BY REGION, 2008 - AUGUST 2012
    • Table 23: COMPANIES WITH TWO OR MORE PATENTS, 2008-AUGUST 2012
    • Table 24: GLOBAL MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 25: TRADE ASSOCIATIONS IN THE METAL POWDER INDUSTRIES FEDERATION
    • Table 26: PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE SINTERED PRODUCTS COLLABORATIVE UNIVERSITIES
    • Table 27: EUROPEAN POWDER METALLURGY ASSOCIATION'S KEY GOALS
    • Table 28: POWDER METALLURGY ASSOCIATION OF INDIA'S MAJOR OBJECTIVES
    • Table 29: STANDARD U.S. SIEVE SIZES
    • Table 30: SAMPLE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMERCIAL IRON-BASED POWDERS
    • Table 31: SAMPLE COMPOSITION OF SINTERED AUTOMOTIVE STEEL STRUCTURAL COMPONENT MATERIALS
    • Table 32: REPRESENTATIVE AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS FOR POWDER METALLURGY PARTS
    • Table 33: ADVANTAGES OF POWDER METALLURGIES IN AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS
    • Table 34: GLOBAL SHIPMENTS OF IRON AND STEEL POWDERS AND PARTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 35: GLOBAL SHIPMENT TRENDS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND IRON AND STEEL POWDERS, 2007 - 2011
    • Table 36: MAJOR APPLICATIONS FOR STAINLESS-STEEL POWDERS
    • Table 37: GLOBAL SHIPMENTS OF STAINLESS-STEEL POWDERS AND PARTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 38: ADVANTAGES OF ALUMINUM POWDER METALLURGY
    • Table 39: METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING METHODS
    • Table 40: GLOBAL SHIPMENTS OF ALUMINUM POWDER AND PARTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 41: PRIMARY ADVANTAGES OF COPPER POWDER
    • Table 42: GLOBAL COPPER POWDER AND PARTS SHIPMENTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 43: NICKEL-POWDER PROPERTIES
    • Table 44: NICKEL-POWDER APPLICATIONS BY POWDER TYPE
    • Table 45: GLOBAL NICKEL POWDER AND PART SHIPMENTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 46: GLOBAL TUNGSTEN AND MOLYBDENUM-POWDER AND PARTS SHIPMENTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 47: MAJOR TIN POWDER APPLICATIONS
    • Table 48: GLOBAL TIN POWDER AND PARTS SHIPMENTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 49: ALLOYS WITH HIGH-CARBON CONTENT
    • Table 50: METHODS FOR MAKING NANOPOWDERS
    • Table 51: PARTICULATE AND OTHER ADVANCED-MATERIAL APPLICATIONS
    • Table 52: GLOBAL PARTICULATE AND OTHER ADVANCED POWDER AND PARTS SHIPMENTS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 53: GLOBAL POWDER METAL SHIPMENT VOLUME AND MARKET SHARE BY MATERIAL TYPE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 54: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY MARKET BY MATERIAL TYPE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 55: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY PARTS SHIPMENTS, 2011-2017
    • Table 56: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY COMPONENT SHIPMENTS AND SHARE BY MARKET TYPE, THROUGH 2017

List of Figures

  • Figure SAMPLE FIGURE: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY PARTS AND POWDERS SHIPMENTS, 2011-2017
  • Summary Figure: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY PARTS AND POWDERS SHIPMENTS, 2011-2017
    • Figure 1: GLOBAL SHARE OF POWDER METALLURGY MANUFACTURING BY REGION, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 2: POWDER METALLURGY CONSUMPTION BY REGION, 2011 - -2017
    • Figure 3: LEADING POWDER METALLURGY COMPONENT MANUFACTURERS, 2011
    • Figure 4: LEADING POWDER METALLURGY POWDER MANUFACTURERS, 2011
    • Figure 5: ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF GLOBAL GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, 2010-2017
    • Figure 6: GLOBAL IRON AND STEEL POWDERS AND PARTS SHIPMENTS, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 7: GLOBAL SHIPMENTS OF STAINLESS-STEEL POWDERS AND PARTS, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 8: GLOBAL SHIPMENTS OF ALUMINUM POWDERS AND PARTS, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 9: GLOBAL COPPER POWDERS AND PARTS SHIPMENTS, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 10: GLOBAL NICKEL POWDER AND PART SHIPMENTS, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 11: GLOBAL TUNGSTEN AND MOLYBDENUM POWDER AND PARTS SHIPMENTS, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 12: GLOBAL SHIPMENTS OF TIN POWDERS AND PARTS, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 13: GLOBAL PARTICULATE AND OTHER ADVANCED POWDER AND PARTS SHIPMENTS, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 14: PARTICULATES AND SPECIAL POWDERS MARKET SHARES, 2011
    • Figure 15: GLOBAL SHIPMENT VOLUME OF POWDER MATERIALS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 16: GLOBAL POWDER METAL SHIPMENTS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 17: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY SHIPMENTS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 18: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY SHIPMENTS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 19: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY COMPONENT SHIPMENTS BY MARKET TYPE, 2011 - 2017
    • Figure 20: GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY COMPONENT SHARE BY MARKET TYPE, 2011 - 2017
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