Powder Metallurgy Market - Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Trends, Application Analysis, Growth And Forecast 2021 - 2026

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Powder Metallurgy Market Overview

Powder metallurgy market size is forecast to reach US$10.6 billion by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 7.8% during 2021-2026, as it provides a host of advantages over other competing metal powders forming technologies such as increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, consistency, and more. The recent advances in powder metallurgy manufacturing techniques continue to grow and expand the scope of applications in which powder metallurgy can be induced, which is also anticipated to propel the market of powder metallurgy. The rapid growth of the aerospace industry has increased the demand for powder metals such as tungsten carbide; thereby, fueling the market growth. Furthermore, the flourishing automotive industry is also expected to drive the powder metallurgy industry substantially during the forecast period.

COVID-19 Impact

The onset of Covid-19 in the entire nation had a negative impact on the automotive industry. There was an overall revenue impact across the automotive industry. The pandemic also impacted all the stakeholders present in the value chain for the short as well as medium term. Shortage of raw material, shifting of production to other countries, liquidity crunch to delays in availability of models, deferred launches, and shrinkage in consumer demand were some of the main issues faced by the automotive stakeholders, owing to which the production and demand of automobiles had significantly fallen. For instance, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), China's passenger car sales in June fell 6.5% year on year to 1.68 million units. The unstable automotive production and demand have significantly impacted the market of powder metallurgy as the demand for powder metal was also uncertain during the period. A prolonged truncation of consumer demand due to the lockdown has significantly affected auto manufacturers’ revenues and cash flows. Even after the restriction is eased in 2021, with discretionary spending taking a backseat, further declines in the market for passenger vehicles are expected.

Powder Metallurgy Market Report Coverage

The report: “Powder Metallurgy Market – Forecast (2021-2026)”, by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of the powder metallurgy Industry.

By Material: Ferrous (Iron, Steel, and Stainless Steel), Non-Ferrous (Copper, Aluminium, Cobalt, Tin, Nickel, Magnesium, Zinc, Titanium, Molybdenum, and Others
By Process: Conventional Process, Metal Injection Moulding, Hot Isostatic Pressing, and Metal Additive Manufacturing
By Application: Porous Products, Bearing and Bushes, Filters (Ceramic Filter, Fiber Metal Filter, and Others), Refractory Metal Composites, Electric Motors, Cemented Carbides, Machinery Parts (Gears, Sprockets, Rotors, and Others), Tungsten Wires, Medical Implants, Magnetic Materials, Cutting Tools and Dies, and Others
By End-Use Industry: Medical & Healthcare, Automobile (Transmission, Engine Parts, and others), Oil & Gas, Electrical and Electronics (Refrigerators, Vacuum Cleaners, Circuit Breakers, Electric Motors, Sewing Machines, and Others), Industrial (Hydraulics, Motors/Controls, and Others), Aerospace (Aero-engine, Land-based Gas Turbine, Airframes, and Others), Household Appliances, Recreation and Leisure, and Others
By Geography: North America (USA, Canada, and Mexico), Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Belgium, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Rest of APAC), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Rest of South America), Rest of the World (Middle East, and Africa)

Key Takeaways

  • Asia-Pacific dominates the powder metallurgy market, owing to the increasing demand and production of lightweight vehicles in the region. For instance, according to OICA, the production of passenger cars has increased by 2.6 % in Malaysia in 2019.
  • There are many cases in which powder metallurgy over casting has a strong benefit. The benefits of the powder metallurgy process are particularly apparent when dealing with high-value and high-melting-point materials, owing to which there is increasing adoption of powder metallurgy over die casting, which will propel the market growth.
  • There are growing interests in producing customized medical implants using additive manufacturing and in producing porous implant structures (to match bone stiffness and to aid osteointegration) by powder metallurgy processing, which may boost the market growth. 

Figure: Asia-Pacific Powder Metallurgy Market Revenue, 2020-2026 (US$ Billion)

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Powder Metallurgy Market Segment Analysis - By Material

The ferrous segment held the largest share in the powder metallurgy market in 2020. Ferrous powdered metals such as iron, steel, and more offer the highest level of mechanical properties. Ferrous metal powders are also known for their extensive characteristics such as durability, hardness, tensile strength, lower costs, broad flexibility, and more. The ferrous powdered metal is largely employed in the automotive industry for designing bearings, gears, or other auto parts, owing to its good strength and flexibility. Furthermore, ferrous metals are also widely utilized in various other end-use industries such as construction, piping, aerospace, electronics, and more. Thus, it is anticipated that these extensive characteristics and wide applications of ferrous powder metallurgy are the major factors driving its demand during the forecast period.

Powder Metallurgy Market Segment Analysis - By Application

The bearings segment held the largest share in the powder metallurgy market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 7.4% during 2021-2026, owing to its self-lubricating property. Bearings that are made from powder metallurgy are known as self bearings of sintered metal. They are economical, suitable for high production rates, and precision tolerances can be produced. The majorities of porous-metal bearings consist of either bronze or iron with pores that are interconnected. These voids take up 10 percent of the total volume to 35 percent. In operation, lubricating oil is deposited in these voids and feeds to the bearing surface through the interconnected pores. Sintered-metal self-lubricating bearings are widely used in home appliances, small motors, machine tools, aircraft, and automotive accessories, business machines, instruments, and farm and construction equipment, owing to which it holds a prominent share in the powder metallurgy application segment.

Powder Metallurgy Market Segment Analysis - By End-Use Industry

The automotive segment held the largest share in the powder metallurgy market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 8.6% during 2021-2026. Powder metal parts display excellent controlled porosity and self-lubricating properties that allow gases and liquids to be filtered. Powder metallurgy is also a strongly recommended method in the manufacture of components involving complex bends, depressions, and projections. Flexibility in the development of mechanical parts of different compositions, such as metal-non-metal and metal-metal hybrids, allows high dimensional precision in the production of automobile parts and ensures consistent properties and measurements with very little scrap and waste of material. The most popular vehicle parts that are manufactured through the method of powder metallurgy are the bearings and gears. A variety of metals, including ferrous, and non-ferrous are used in automotive components including chassis, steering, exhaust, transmission, shock absorber parts, engine, battery, seats, air cleaners, brake disc, and more. The powder metallurgy is often used in these components as it improves the net shape, utilizes heat treatment, enhances surface treatment, and improves the precision of these components. Thus, the demand for powder metallurgy in the automotive sector is growing due to such factors.

Powder Metallurgy Market Segment Analysis - By Geography

Asia-Pacific region held the largest share in the powder metallurgy market in 2020 up to 45%, owing to the increasing automotive manufacturing coupled with population growth in the region. China is the world's largest vehicle market, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA), and the Chinese government expects automobile production to reach 35 million by 2025. In 2019, according to OICA, the automotive production in Malaysia and Vietnam has increased up to 571632, and 250000, i.e., 1.2%, and 5.5%. India's annual production in 2019 was 30.91 million vehicles, according to Invest India, compared to 29.08 million in 2018, recording a healthy 6.26 percent growth. Also, by 2026, the US$118 billion Indian car industry is projected to cross US$300 billion. The increasing automation production in the Asia Pacific will eventually boost the demand for powder metallurgy to manufacture various automobile components, which will likely influence the growth of the powder metallurgy market in the APAC region.

Powder Metallurgy Market Drivers

Flourishing Aerospace Industry

Powder metallurgy is used extensively in aerospace, because of its advantages of high strength/weight ratio, high heat capacity, and high modulus of elasticity. Within aerospace, powder metallurgy finds its most significant application in turbine engines, compressors, fan sections, discs, airframes, fasteners, and landing gear. Tungsten metallurgy based tungsten carbide has received considerable attention in the aerospace industry because of its high strength at very high temperatures. Tungsten carbide is sintered through a selective laser sintering process based on the additive manufacturing process. In 2019, China was the second-largest civil aerospace and aviation services market in the world and one of the fastest-growing markets, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA). China will need 7,690 new aircraft over the next 20 years, valued at US$1.2 trillion, according to Boeing (Commercial Market Outlook 2018-2037). China also currently accounts for 15 percent of the world's commercial aircraft fleet, and it will be almost 20 percent by 2037. According to Boeing, the demand for 2,300 airplanes worth US$320 billion is projected in India over the coming 20 years. Boeing's current market outlook (BMO) forecasts demand for 2,520 new aircraft in the Middle East by 2030. With the flourishing aerospace industry, the demand for aircraft components will also gradually increase, which will drive the market growth.

Expanding Electrical and Electronics Sector

The powder metallurgy method offers the opportunity to cost-effectively produce net form components from a variety of materials. A market segment that has exhibited the ability to take advantage of powder metallurgy's flexibility has been in electromagnetic applications such as household appliances, industrial applications, and more. Magnetic materials are essential elements in the electronic industry in recent times. From the motors and turbines that provide the power for the industry to the high-frequency transformers that power computers, magnetic materials are becoming increasingly important for consumers. The electronic sector is booming in various regions, which will further drive the market growth as there is an increasing demand for powder metallurgy from the electrical and electronics sector. For instance, the consumer electronics and appliances sector in India is expected to become the fifth-largest in the world by 2025, according to Invest India. India could create an US$800 billion to US$1 trillion digital economy by 2025, and India's digital economy could fuel 18-23 percent of overall economic activity by 2025. According to the Government of Canada, revenues in the ICT sector reached an estimated US$210 billion in 2019. ICT sector revenues grew from US$158 billion to US$200 billion from 2013 to 2018, a 26.9 percent increase.

Powder Metallurgy Market Challenges

Various Drawbacks Associated with Powder Metallurgy

The cost of metal powders compared to the cost of raw material used for casting or forging a component is relatively higher. At the time the cost of tooling and equipment is also higher. When production volumes are limited, this is especially a limitation. Also, low melting point metal powders such as zinc, tin, and cadmium give thermal difficulties during sintering operation, as most oxides of these metals cannot be reduced at temperatures below the melting point. Furthermore, large or complex-shaped parts, and uniformly high – density products are difficult to produce by the powder metallurgy process. Without any degradation, a few powders are also difficult to store. All these drawbacks associated with the powder metallurgy may hinder the market growth during the forecast period.

Powder Metallurgy Market Landscape

Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the powder metallurgy market. Major players in the powder metallurgy market are Arcam AB, Carpenter Technology Corp., ExOne GmbH, GKN Plc, Höganäs AB, Materialize NV, Melrose Industries PLC, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., and Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Acquisitions/Technology Launches

  • In May 2019, Epson Atmix Corp. installed a new production line at its Kita-Inter Plant in Japan for producing amorphous alloy powder. The company invested around ¥800 million (USD 7.43 million) for the installation of a new line and it plans to further increase its production capacity in stages and reach 6,000 tons per year by 2023.
  • In October 2019, GKN Powder Metallurgy a leading metal powder and parts manufacturers acquired specialist polymer 3D printing service provider Forecast 3D. The acquisition presents a significant expansion of GKN powder metallurgy’s additive capabilities.

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1. Powder Metallurgy Market- Market Overview
    1.1 Definitions and Scope
2. Powder Metallurgy Market- Executive Summary
    2.1 Key Trends by Material
    2.2 Key Trends by Process
    2.3 Key Trends by Application
    2.4 Key Trends by End-Use Industry
    2.5 Key Trends by Geography
3. Powder Metallurgy Market – Comparative analysis
    3.1 Market Share Analysis- Major Companies
    3.2 Product Benchmarking- Major Companies
    3.3 Top 5 Financials Analysis
    3.4 Patent Analysis- Major Companies
    3.5 Pricing Analysis (ASPs will be provided)
4. Powder Metallurgy Market - Startup companies Scenario Premium Premium
    4.1 Major startup company analysis:
        4.1.1 Investment
        4.1.2 Revenue
        4.1.3 Product portfolio
        4.1.4 Venture Capital and Funding Scenario
5. Powder Metallurgy Market – Industry Market Entry Scenario Premium Premium
    5.1 Regulatory Framework Overview
    5.2 New Business and Ease of Doing Business Index
    5.3 Successful Venture Profiles
    5.4 Customer Analysis – Major companies
6. Powder Metallurgy Market - Market Forces
    6.1 Market Drivers
    6.2 Market Constraints
    6.3 Porters Five Force Model
        6.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        6.3.2 Bargaining Powers of Buyers
        6.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
        6.3.4 Competitive Rivalry
        6.3.5 Threat of Substitutes
7. Powder Metallurgy Market – Strategic Analysis
    7.1 Value Chain Analysis
    7.2 Opportunity Analysis
    7.3 Product/Market Life Cycle
    7.4 Distributor Analysis – Major Companies
8. Powder Metallurgy Market– By Material (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    8.1 Ferrous
        8.1.1 Iron
        8.1.2 Steel
        8.1.3 Stainless Steel
    8.2 Non-Ferrous
        8.2.1 Copper
        8.2.2 Aluminium
        8.2.3 Cobalt
        8.2.4 Tin
        8.2.5 Nickel
        8.2.6 Magnesium
        8.2.7 Zinc
        8.2.8 Titanium
        8.2.9 Molybdenum
        8.2.10 Others
9. Powder Metallurgy Market– By Process (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    9.1 Conventional Process
    9.2 Metal injection Moulding
    9.3 Hot Isostatic Pressing
    9.4 Metal Additive Manufacturing
10. Powder Metallurgy Market– By Application (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    10.1 Porous Products
    10.2 Bearing and Bushes
    10.3 Filters
        10.3.1 Ceramic Filters
        10.3.2 Fiber Metal Filters
        10.3.3 Others
    10.4 Refractory Metal Composites
    10.5 Electric Motors
    10.6 Cemented Carbides
    10.7 Machinery Parts
        10.7.1 Gears
        10.7.2 Sprockets
        10.7.3 Rotors
        10.7.4 Others
    10.8 Tungsten Wires
    10.9 Medical Implants
    10.10 Magnetic Materials
    10.11 Cutting Tools and Dies
    10.12 Others
11. Powder Metallurgy Market– By End-Use Industry (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    11.1 Medical & Healthcare
    11.2 Automobile
        11.2.1 Transmission
        11.2.2 Engine Parts
        11.2.3 Others
    11.3 Oil & Gas
    11.4 Electrical and Electronics
        11.4.1 Refrigerators
        11.4.2 Vacuum Cleaners
        11.4.3 Circuit Breakers
        11.4.4 Electric Motors
        11.4.5 Sewing Machines
        11.4.6 Others
    11.5 Industrial
        11.5.1 Hydraulics
        11.5.2 Motors/Controls
        11.5.3 Others
    11.6 Aerospace
        11.6.1 Aero-engine
        11.6.2 Land-based Gas Turbine
        11.6.3 Airframe
        11.6.4 Others
    11.7 Household Appliances
    11.8 Recreation and Leisure
    11.9 Others
12. Powder Metallurgy Market - By Geography (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    12.1 North America
        12.1.1 USA
        12.1.2 Canada
        12.1.3 Mexico
    12.2 Europe
        12.2.1 UK
        12.2.2 Germany
        12.2.3 France
        12.2.4 Italy
        12.2.5 Netherlands
        12.2.6 Spain
        12.2.7 Russia
        12.2.8 Belgium
        12.2.9 Rest of Europe
    12.3 Asia-Pacific
        12.3.1 China
        12.3.2 Japan
        12.3.3 India
        12.3.4 South Korea
        12.3.5 Australia and New Zealand
        12.3.6 Indonesia
        12.3.7 Taiwan
        12.3.8 Malaysia
        12.3.9 Rest of APAC
    12.4 South America
        12.4.1 Brazil
        12.4.2 Argentina
        12.4.3 Colombia
        12.4.4 Chile
        12.4.5 Rest of South America
    12.5 Rest of the World
        12.5.1 Middle East
            12.5.1.1 Saudi Arabia
            12.5.1.2 UAE
            12.5.1.3 Israel
            12.5.1.4 Rest of the Middle East
        12.5.2 Africa
            12.5.2.1 South Africa
            12.5.2.2 Nigeria
            12.5.2.3 Rest of Africa
13. Powder Metallurgy Market – Entropy
    13.1 New Product Launches
    13.2 M&As, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships
14. Powder Metallurgy Market – Industry/Segment Competition Landscape Premium
    14.1 Company Benchmarking Matrix – Major Companies
    14.2 Market Share at Global Level - Major companies
    14.3 Market Share by Key Region - Major companies
    14.4 Market Share by Key Country - Major companies
    14.5 Market Share by Key Application - Major companies
    14.6 Market Share by Key Product Type/Product category - Major companies
15. Powder Metallurgy Market – Key Company List by Country Premium Premium
16. Powder Metallurgy Market Company Analysis - Business Overview, Product Portfolio, Financials, and Developments
    16.1 Company 1
    16.2 Company 2
    16.3 Company 3
    16.4 Company 4
    16.5 Company 5
    16.6 Company 6
    16.7 Company 7
    16.8 Company 8
    16.9 Company 9
    16.10 Company 10 and more
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