In 2008, ceramics, superabrasives and cemented carbides made up over just under 75% of the total market for abrasive products. By 2009, ceramics were the most highly demanded at just over 36%, and will continue to lead the industry at close to 37% of total demand in 2013. Totaling nearly 23% in 2009, the market for superabrasives is the largest area of growth throughout the forecast period, followed closely by ceramics. (See Chart 2.3A below.)
Ceramics considered in this report are: oxide ceramics (aluminum oxide-Al2O3, zirconium oxide, aluminum titanate, piezoceramics); non-oxide ceramics (silicon carbide-SiC, silicon nitride-SiN, aluminum nitride, borides); cermets; composites (metal matrix, ceramic matrix, fiber/ceramic); and other (sapphire, beryllium oxide). Superabrasives include industrial diamonds and cBN.
The main driving factors in the growth of the abrasives industry continues to be the decrease in the cost of synthetic diamonds, increasing efficiencies in diamond tool manufacturing, and advances in materials sciences.
Using 2007 as the base year, the report assesses the overall growth potential for abrasive materials and products and forecasts growth by product type, grade and end-use market through 2013. It includes extensive information on the competitive environment, including recent market entrants, types of suppliers, differentiation points, general warranty standards, service contracts and barriers to market entry.
Exhibit One: Abrasive Products by Grade ($MM): 2009
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