Global abrasives demand will rise 6.3 percent annually to $44.8 billion in 2015. The fastest gains will be seen in China and India, while gains in North America and Western Europe will be much improved over the 2005-2010 period. Loose grains and powders will be the fastest growing products in the key nonmetallic abrasives segment.
This study analyzes the $33 billion world abrasives industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2000, 2005 and 2010, with forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by product (e.g., coated nonmetallic, bonded nonmetallic, metallic), market (e.g., durable goods manufacturing, cleaning and maintenance), raw material (manufactured minerals, natural minerals, metallic minerals), world region and for 23 countries.
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 industry players, including Saint-Gobain, 3M and Imerys.