There have been major changes in both the development of new materials and new markets over the last few years that will continue to have strong impact on abrasive markets. These include the development of nanostructured materials of the growing electronics market. In addition, Dedalus Consulting projects that the growing market for solar energy and the advancement of panel manufacturing technology will be a strong market driver. Refinements in the process are increasing the capacity of photovoltaic cells, and this market offers excellent opportunity for industrial diamond suppliers and silicon carbide suppliers for example.
Bonded abrasives are the leading type in demand throughout the forecast period, comprising 26.9% of the market in 2009. This type is projected to maintain its status as the largest sector in 2013, as reflected in Exhibit One below.
On a regional level, the US market is the largest market, making up nearly 21% of total demand during 2008 and 2009. The US is followed closely by the China market, with China showing the strongest growth rate from 2008-2013 at 10.5% annually. By 2013, the China market will make up about 22.1% of total demand.
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 Materials and Products by Type ($MM): 2013
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