The Atomizing Metal Powder Market is projected to register a healthy CAGR of 6.91% to reach a market value of USD 4,134.97 Million by the end of 2026.
The prominent factor favoring the growth of the global atomizing metal powder market is the increasing adoption of powder metallurgy in the automotive industry coupled with the high demand for metal powders in the metallurgy industry. Powder metallurgy is a green and energy-saving technology with zero waste and complete recycling, offering improved performance and greater design flexibility for automobile components. With the rising pressure on automobile manufacturers for enhancing the performance and safety while maintaining the vehicle’s weight, the demand for powder metallurgy is increasing and thus atomized metal powders.
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The other key factor driving the market growth is the widespread use of atomized metal powders in surface coating applications in a variety of industries ranging from aerospace, oil & gas, and power generation to steel, mining, construction, and agriculture. In the aerospace and power industries, atomized metal powders are mainly used in wear-resistant coatings of rotating parts such as industrial gas turbines or combustion engines. This is mainly due to the high resistance offered by metal powders to high temperatures, thermal cycling, and hot gas corrosion. The growth of the aerospace industry due to increasing passenger traffic is expected to play a vital role in the growth of the global market. The steel industry is the other major consumer wherein metal powders offer vast potentials to improve operation and efficiencies by cladding components with surface welding or spray coatings.
However, fluctuating prices of iron as a raw material is expected to be a key factor hampering the market growth in the years to follow.
Nevertheless, the increasing use of powdered metals in additive manufacturing process/technology is expected to provide an impetus to the growth of the market in the years to follow and is expected to create lucrative opportunities for the market players during the review period.
The Global Atomizing Metal Powder Market has been segmented on the basis of type, application, and region.
Based on type, the market has been divided into atomizing iron powder, atomizing copper powder, and others. Atomized iron powder is produced by water atomization process of high purity molten iron. Iron powder is produced in a variety of grades with each powder product being classified based on purity, density, and grain size and is designed to achieve superior properties required by complex powder metallurgy applications. Iron powder is used in powder metallurgy of iron, steel, and in combination with other metals. They are widely used in the automotive and aerospace industries as well as in ferromagnetism (electronics). With the healthy growth of the automotive industry and the need for reducing the weight of automobile parts, the demand for iron powders is expected to increase in the coming years.
By application, the global atomizing metal powder market has been divided into the metallurgy industry, chemical industry, electronic materials, diamond tools, welding, 3D printing, and others. Powder metallurgy (PM) is a material processing technology used to manufacture complex geometries and intricate features by diffusing different metal powders as raw ingredients through the sintering process. The metallurgy industry includes powder metallurgy to manufacture unique materials with tailored properties that are difficult to achieve by melting or forming. In addition, it has a lower energy consumption in comparison to other production technologies. The increasing use of PM over the traditional processes (such as machining, casting, and extrusion) is mainly attributed to the significant cost savings, high dimensional accuracy, good part-to-part reproducibility, minimal post-processing, dimensional freedom, and compositional complexity offered using the PM process. The automotive industry is the largest consumer, accounting for 70% of the market for powder metallurgy.
The Global Atomizing Metal Powder Market has been segmented into five key regions, namely Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. The North American market was the dominant regional market in 2018 with a market share of around 40% in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period. The growth of the regional market is primarily driven by the technological advancements in PM parts manufacturing such as hot isostatic pressing, metal injection molding, and additive manufacturing.
The regional market in Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing, registering a CAGR of 7.58% during the assessment period. The country-level markets in China, Japan, and South Korea are the key consumers of atomizing metal powder in the region. The fast-growing automotive and aerospace & defense industries in the region and the expanding manufacturing base are expected to be the prominent driving factors of the regional market growth in the years to follow.
MRFR recognizes the following companies as the Key Players of the Global Atomizing Metal Powder Market Sandvik AB (Sweden), Höganäs AB (Sweden), Kymera International (US), Hangzhou Yitong New Material Co., Ltd (China), Kobe Steel Ltd (Japan), JFE Steel Corporation (Japan), Makin Metal Powders (UK) Ltd (UK), GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH (US), Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd(Japan), Laiwu Feilong Powder Metallurgy Co. Ltd (China), SAFINA a.s. (Czech Republic), and Pometon S.p.A. (Italy).
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Key Findings of the Study:
- Global Atomizing Metal Powder Market is projected to be valued at over USD 4.13 Billion by the end of 2026 with a CAGR of 6.91% during the forecast period of 2019–2026
- North America dominated the global market with a share of over 40% owing to the increasing demand for atomizing metal powder in the well-established automotive industry and in additive manufacturing applications
- The atomizing iron powder segment held 65% of the global market share in 2018 and is expected to be valued at over USD 2.7 billion by the end of 2026
- Metallurgy industry is estimated to be the dominant application segment of the global atomizing metal powder market during the forecast period