GLOBAL POWDER METALLURGY PARTS AND POWDERS SHIPMENTS, 2011-2017
Source: BCC Research
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.