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Study #: 2785

Published: 10/2011

Pages: 270

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Welding Equipment & Consumables to 2015 - Industry Market Research, Market Share, Market Size, Sales, Demand Forecast, Market Leaders, Company Profiles, Industry Trends

US demand for welding equipment and consumables will rise 6.4 percent annually through 2015. Arc and resistance welding systems will remain the dominant welding techniques. Welding electrodes and filler metal will remain the dominant consumables, while emergent products like flux-and metal-cored electrodes grow the fastest.

This study analyzes the $5.2 billion US welding equipment and consumables industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2000, 2005 and 2010, and forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by welding technology, product (e.g., arc welding equipment, resistance welding, oxyfuel welding, laser beam welding, welding electrode and filler metal, shielding gases, oxyfuel gases) and market (e.g., manufacturing, construction, energy and power generation, repair and maintenance).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 29 industry players, including Lincoln Electric, Illinois Tool Works and Praxair.

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				    TABLE OF CONTENTS

     SECTION									    PAGE

		INTRODUCTION							       x

	I.	EXECUTIVE SUMMARY						       1

	II.	MARKET ENVIRONMENT						       4
		General								       4
		Macroeconomic Trends						       5
		Fixed Investment Trends						       8
		Manufacturing Sector Outlook					      11
		Metal Product Shipments						      14
		Motor Vehicle Production					      16
		Aerospace & Other Transportation Equipment Outlook		      19
		Construction Outlook						      21
		   Building Construction Expenditures				      24
		   Nonresidential Building Construction				      26

	III.	WELDING TECHNOLOGIES						      29
		General								      29
		Welding Technologies						      30
		   Arc Welding							      30
		      Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)				      33
		      Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)				      37
		      Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)				      41
		      Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)				      44
		      Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)				      46
		      Other Arc Welding						      48
		   Oxyfuel Welding & Cutting (OFW & OFC)			      50
		   Resistance Welding (RW)					      53
		   Ultrasonic Welding (USW)					      55
		   Laser Beam Welding (LBW)					      57
		   Other Welding						      59
		Automation & the Welding Market					      63

	IV.	WELDING EQUIPMENT 
		   & CONSUMABLES OVERVIEW					      65
		General								      65
		Welding Equipment & Consumables Supply & Demand			      66
		Foreign Trade							      68
		   Welding Equipment						      68
		   Welding Consumables						      69
		   Welding Equipment & Consumables Imports by Source		      71
		   Welding Equipment & Consumables Exports by Destination	      73
		Pricing Trends							      75
		   Equipment							      76
		   Electrodes & Filler Metals					      77
		   Gases							      79
		Historical Market Trends					      81
		Welder Employment Trends					      84
		Safety & Health Issues						      85

	V.	WELDING EQUIPMENT						      89
		General								      89
		Welding Equipment Supply & Demand				      90
		   Arc Welding Equipment					      93
		   Resistance Welding						      97
		   Oxyfuel Welding & Cutting					     100
		   Laser Beam Welding						     104
		   Ultrasonic Welding						     107
		   Other Welding Equipment					     109

	VI.	WELDING CONSUMABLES						     113
		General								     113
		Welding Electrode & Filler Metal Demand				     115
		   Welding Electrode & Filler Metal Demand by Material		     119
		   Welding Electrode & Filler Metal Demand by Type		     120
		      Solid Wire Electrodes & Filler Metal			     121
		      Stick Electrodes & Filler Metal				     123
		      Flux- & Metal-Cored Welding Electrodes			     126
		Shielding & Oxyfuel Gases					     129
		   Shielding Gases						     131
		      Argon							     135
		      Helium							     137
		      Carbon Dioxide						     139
		      Nitrogen							     141
		      Hydrogen							     142
		   Oxyfuel Gases						     144
		      Oxygen							     146
		      Acetylene							     147
		      Other Fuel Gases						     150

	VII.	WELDING EQUIPMENT 
		   & CONSUMABLES MARKETS					     153
		General								     153
		Manufacturing							     155
		   Fabricated Metal Products					     157
		   Transportation Equipment					     159
		      Motor Vehicles						     160
		      Marine Equipment						     162
		      Aerospace							     164
		      Other Transportation Equipment				     166
		   Agricultural, Construction & Mining Equipment		     167
		   Other Manufacturing						     169
		Construction							     170
		Energy & Power Generation					     173
		Repair & Maintenance						     175
		Consumer & Other						     177

	VIII.	INDUSTRY STRUCTURE						     180
		General								     180
		Market Share							     183
		   Leading Companies						     183
		   Leading Welding Equipment Producers				     187
		   Leading Consumable Electrode & Filler Metal Producers	     188
		   Leading Oxyfuel & Shielding Gas Producers			     189
		Competitive Strategies						     190
		Product Development & Manufacturing				     193
		Distribution & Marketing					     195
		Mergers, Acquisitions & Industry Restructuring			     197
		Company Profiles						     200
		   Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated			     201
		   Airgas Incorporated						     203
		   ARCON Welding LLC						     204
		   Atlantic China Welding Consumables Incorporated		     206
		   Bernard, see Illinois Tool Works
		   Böhler Welding Holding, see voestalpine
		   CenterLine Windsor Limited					     208
		   Charter International plc					     210
		   DAIHEN Corporation						     214
		   Denyo Company Limited					     216
		   Doncasters Group Limited					     217
		   ESAB Group, see Charter International
		   Fronius International GmbH					     219
		   Hobart Brothers, see Illinois Tool Works
		   Illinois Tool Works Incorporated				     222
		   Kaierda Group Limited					     228
		   L'Air Liquide SA						     229
		   Lincoln Electric Holdings Incorporated			     231
		   Linde Group							     236
		   Manufacturing Technology Incorporated			     238
		   Miller Electric Manufacturing, see Illinois Tool Works
		   Miyachi Corporation						     241
		   MTI Welding Technologies, see Manufacturing Technology
		   Nelson Stud Welding, see Doncasters Group
		   NIMAK GmbH							     244
		   OBARA Corporation						     246
		   Panasonic Corporation					     248
		   Praxair Incorporated						     250
		   Rofin-Sinar Technologies Incorporated			     252
		   Schunk Group							     255
		   Smith Equipment, see Illinois Tool Works
		   Sonics & Materials Incorporated				     256
		   Stapla Ultrasonics, see Schunk Group
		   Taylor-Winfield Technologies Incorporated			     258
		   Thermadyne Holdings Corporation				     260
		   Tianjin Bridge Welding Materials Group Company Limited	     264
		   TRUMPF Group							     265
		   voestalpine AG						     267
		   Weldcraft, see Illinois Tool Works


				      LIST OF TABLES

    TABLE NUMBER								    PAGE


		SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
		Summary Table							       3

		SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
	1	Macroeconomic Indicators					       8
	2	Nonresidential Fixed Investment					      11
	3	Manufacturers' Shipments					      14
	4	Metal Product Shipments						      16
	5	Motor Vehicle Indicators					      19
	6	Aerospace & Other Transportation Equipment Shipments		      21
	7	Construction Expenditures					      24

		SECTION III -- WELDING TECHNOLOGIES
	1	Major Arc Welding Processes					      32

		SECTION IV -- WELDING EQUIPMENT 
		   & CONSUMABLES OVERVIEW
	1	Welding Equipment & Consumables Supply & Demand			      68
	2	Welding Equipment Foreign Trade					      69
	3	Welding Consumables Foreign Trade				      71
	4	Welding Equipment & Consumables Imports by Source		      72
	5	Welding Equipment & Consumables Exports by Destination		      74
	6	Selected Welding Equipment & Consumables Pricing		      76
	7	US Welding Market, 2000-2010					      83

		SECTION V -- WELDING EQUIPMENT
	1	Welding Equipment Supply & Demand				      92
	2	Arc Welding Equipment Supply & Demand				      97
	3	Resistance Welding Equipment Supply & Demand			     100
	4	Oxyfuel Welding & Cutting Equipment Supply & Demand		     104
	5	Laser Beam Welding Equipment Supply & Demand			     107
	6	Ultrasonic Welding Equipment Supply & Demand			     109
	7	Other Welding Equipment Supply & Demand				     112

		SECTION VI -- WELDING CONSUMABLES
	1	Welding Consumables Supply & Demand				     115
	2	Welding Electrode & Filler Metal Demand by Type			     117
	3	Welding Electrode & Filler Metal Demand by Material		     120
	4	Solid Wire Electrode & Filler Metal Demand			     123
	5	Stick Electrode & Filler Metal Demand				     126
	6	Flux- & Metal-Cored Welding Electrode Demand			     129
	7	Shielding & Oxyfuel Gas Demand					     131
	8	Shielding Gas Demand by Type					     133
	9	Argon Shielding Gas Demand					     137
	10	Helium Shielding Gas Demand					     139
	11	Carbon Dioxide Shielding Gas Demand				     141
	12	Nitrogen Shielding Gas Demand					     142
	13	Hydrogen Shielding Gas Demand					     144
	14	Oxyfuel Gas Demand by Type					     145
	15	Welding & Cutting Oxygen Demand					     147
	16	Welding & Cutting Acetylene Demand				     150
	17	Other Oxyfuel Gas Demand					     152

		SECTION VII -- WELDING EQUIPMENT 
		   & CONSUMABLES MARKETS
	1	Welding Equipment & Consumables Demand by Market		     154
	2	Manufacturing Market for Welding Equipment & Consumables	     156
	3	Fabricated Metal Products Market for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     159
	4	Transportation Equipment Market for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables					             160
	5	Motor Vehicle Market for Welding Equipment & Consumables	     162
	6	Marine Equipment Market for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     164
	7	Aerospace Equipment Market for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     166
	8	Other Transportation Equipment Market for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     167
	9	Agricultural, Construction & Mining Equipment Markets for 
			Welding Equipment & Consumables				     169
	10	Other Manufacturing Markets for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     170
	11	Construction Markets for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     173
	12	Energy & Power Generation Markets for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     175
	13	Repair & Maintenance Markets for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     177
	14	Consumer & Other Markets for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables						     179

		SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
	1	US Welding Equipment & Consumables Sales 
		   by Company, 2010						     182
	2	Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures				     199


				      LIST OF CHARTS

    CHART NUMBER								    PAGE



		SECTION III -- WELDING TECHNOLOGIES
	1	Schematic of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 
		   “MIG” Process						      37
	2	Schematic of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 
		   “TIG” Process						      41

		SECTION IV -- WELDING EQUIPMENT 
		   & CONSUMABLES OVERVIEW
	1	Welding Equipment & Consumables Imports by Source, 2010		      73
	2	Welding Equipment & Consumables Exports 
		   by Destination, 2010						      75
	3	Welding Equipment Price Indices, 2000-2020			      77
	4	Electrode & Filler Metal Prices, 2000-2020			      79
	5	Selected Gas Prices, 2000-2020					      81
	6	Historical Market Volatility, 2001-2010				      84

		SECTION V -- WELDING EQUIPMENT
	1	Welding Equipment Demand by Type, 2010				      93

		SECTION VI -- WELDING CONSUMABLES
	1	Welding Electrode & Filler Metal Demand by Type, 2010		     118
	2	Shielding Gas Demand by Type, 2010				     134

		SECTION VII -- WELDING EQUIPMENT 
		   & CONSUMABLES MARKETS
	1	Welding Equipment & Consumables Demand 
		   by Market, 2010						     155
	2	Manufacturing Market for Welding Equipment 
		   & Consumables, 2010						     157

		SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
	1	US Welding Equipment & Consumables Market Share, 2010		     183
	2	US Welding Equipment Market Share, 2010				     188
	3	US Consumable Electrode & Filler Metal Market Share, 2010	     189
	4	US Oxyfuel & Shielding Gas Market Share, 2010			     190





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