Abrasives

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Increased consumption will be driven by solid growth in durable goods manufacturing, while rising market share for higher-priced goods such as superabrasives will strengthen demand in value terms.

US demand to rise 3.8% annually through 2019

Demand for abrasives in the US is forecast to rise 3.8 percent per year through 2019 to $7.0 billion. Gains will decelerate from those seen over the 2009-2014 period, when abrasives demand grew quickly as a result of recovery from an unusually low, recession-impacted 2009 base. Solid growth in durable goods manufacturing will contribute to increased consumption of abrasives going forward. In addition, rising market share for higher-priced goods such as superabrasives will strengthen demand in value terms.

Furniture, machinery among best opportunities

Durable goods manufacturing represents the largest market for abrasive products, accounting for 76 percent of the total in 2014. The strongest outlooks for abrasives in durable goods manufacturing are expected in markets such as furniture and wood products, machinery, and nonmetallic mineral products, all of which are expected to see improvements in manufacturing output through 2019. Cleaning and maintenance applications, which represent the second largest source of abrasives demand after durable goods, are expected to grow at a more modest pace, reflecting the maturity of abrasives use in typical cleaning activities. Construction applications are expected to be the single fastest growing market for abrasives.

Bonded abrasives to be fastest growing products

Nonmetallic abrasives account for the vast majority of abrasive products, comprising 93 percent of the total in 2014. Within nonmetallic abrasives, coated products are the largest category, followed by bonded abrasives and loose abrasive grains and powders. Bonded abrasives will post the fastest gains through 2019, in part due to the fact that this category contains the highest concentration of superabrasive materials, which are expected to expand their market share. Increased consumption of superabrasives (e.g., manufactured diamond) will also benefit coated abrasives and loose abrasives to some degree. Metallic abrasives will post slightly below average growth, reflecting their relative maturity and competition from alternative materials such as polyester nonwoven pads.

Superabrasives to see above average gains

Among abrasive raw materials, superabrasives, which include manufactured diamond and cubic boron nitride (CBN), are expected to see above average gains. The hardness of these materials allows them to offer superior performance. Improving production processes are expected to make these products more cost competitive.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the US abrasives industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) and forecasts (2019 and 2024) by raw material (e.g., alumina-based materials, specialty silicas, superabrasives, silica sand, garnet), product (e.g., coated abrasives, bonded abrasives, loose abrasives grains and powders, steel wool and scouring pads) and market (e.g., durable goods manufacturing, cleaning and maintenance). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 32 industry players, including 3M, Saint-Gobain, and TYROLIT Schleifmittelwerke.

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  1. Abrasives

    $5,300.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $127.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $134.00

      1. Table | ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,056.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Trends

        $251.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Consumer Spending

        $143.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

      4. 3.4 Manufacturing Trends

        $290.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      5. 3.5 Nonresidential Fixed Investment

        $117.00

        1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL FIXED INVESTMENT

      6. 3.6 Historical Market Trends

        $174.00

        1. Table | ABRASIVES MARKET, 2004-2014

        2. CHART II-1 ABRASIVES MARKET, 2005-2014

      7. 3.7 Pricing Trends

        $94.00

        1. Table | ABRASIVES PRICING DEFLATORS

        2. CHART II-2 ABRASIVES PRICING DEFLATORS, 2004-2024

      8. 3.8 Abrasive Properties

        $127.00

        1. Table | HARDNESS OF SELECTED ABRASIVES

      9. 3.9 Regulatory & Environmental Considerations

        $130.00

      10. 3.10 Technology & Material Developments

        $332.00

        1. 3.10.1 Chemical Mechanical Planarization Materials

          $94.00

        2. 3.10.2 Nanoscale Abrasives

          $85.00

        3. 3.10.3 Sol-Gel Abrasives

          $82.00

        4. 3.10.4 High-Efficiency Deep Grinding

          $82.00

        5. 3.10.5 New Abrasive Materials

          $82.00

      11. 3.11 International Environment

        $343.00

        1. 3.11.1 World Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | WORLD ABRASIVES DEMAND

        2. 3.11.2 Trends in US Foreign Trade

          $241.00

          1. Table | ABRASIVES FOREIGN TRADE

          2. Table | US ABRASIVES IMPORTS BY SOURCE, 2004-2014

          3. CHART II-3 US ABRASIVES IMPORTS BY SOURCE, 2014

          4. Table | US ABRASIVES EXPORTS BY DESTINATION, 2004-2014

          5. CHART II-4 US ABRASIVES EXPORTS BY DESTINATION, 2014

    4. 4 RAW MATERIALS

      $1,857.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $120.00

        1. Table | ABRASIVES RAW MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART III-1 ABRASIVES RAW MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE, 2004-2024

      2. 4.2 Manufactured Abrasive Minerals

        $904.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURED ABRASIVE MINERAL DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART III-2 MANUFACTURED ABRASIVE MINERAL DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 4.2.1 Alumina-Based Materials

          $313.00

          1. Table | ALUMINA-BASED ABRASIVES MATERIAL DEMAND

        4. 4.2.2 Specialty Silicas

          $91.00

          1. Table | SPECIALTY SILICAS ABRASIVES DEMAND

        5. 4.2.3 Superabrasives

          $217.00

          1. Table | SUPERABRASIVES DEMAND BY TYPE

          2. Table | MANUFACTURED DIAMOND ABRASIVES DEMAND

          3. Table | CUBIC BORON NITRIDE ABRASIVES DEMAND

        6. 4.2.4 Silicon Carbide

          $102.00

          1. Table | SILICON CARBIDE ABRASIVES DEMAND

        7. 4.2.5 Other

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER MANUFACTURED ABRASIVE MINERAL DEMAND

      3. 4.3 Natural Abrasive Minerals

        $752.00

        1. Table | NATURAL ABRASIVE MINERAL DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART III-3 NATURAL ABRASIVE MINERAL DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 4.3.1 Silica Sand

          $131.00

          1. Table | SILICA SAND ABRASIVES DEMAND

        4. 4.3.2 Garnet

          $146.00

          1. Table | GARNET ABRASIVES DEMAND

        5. 4.3.3 Natural Diamond

          $82.00

          1. Table | NATURAL DIAMOND ABRASIVES DEMAND

        6. 4.3.4 Pumice

          $89.00

          1. Table | PUMICE ABRASIVES DEMAND

        7. 4.3.5 Other

          $241.00

          1. Table | OTHER NATURAL ABRASIVE MINERAL DEMAND

      4. 4.4 Metallic Abrasive Materials

        $82.00

        1. Table | METALLIC ABRASIVE MATERIAL DEMAND

    5. 5 PRODUCTS

      $2,570.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $130.00

        1. Table | ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

      2. 5.2 Nonmetallic Abrasives

        $2,030.00

        1. Table | NONMETALLIC ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART IV-1 NONMETALLIC ABRASIVES DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 5.2.1 Coated Abrasives

          $718.00

          1. Table | COATED ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. Table | COATED ABRASIVES SHIPMENTS BY FORM

          3. Table | COATED ABRASIVES SHIPMENTS BY BACKING MATERIAL

          4. Table | CLOTH COATED ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

          5. Table | PAPER COATED ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

          6. Table | COMBINATION & OTHER COATED ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

        4. 5.2.2 Bonded Abrasives

          $595.00

          1. Table | BONDED ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. Table | BONDED ABRASIVES SHIPMENTS BY TYPE & FORM

          3. Table | BONDED ABRASIVES SHIPMENTS BY BONDING MATERIAL

          4. Table | RESINOID BONDED ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

          5. Table | VITREOUS BONDED ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

          6. Table | OTHER BONDED ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

        5. 5.2.3 Loose Abrasive Grains & Powders

          $617.00

          1. Table | LOOSE ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. Table | LOOSE ABRASIVES SHIPMENTS BY TYPE

          3. Table | MANUFACTURED LOOSE ABRASIVES SHIPMENTS

          4. Table | NATURAL LOOSE ABRASIVES SHIPMENTS

      3. 5.3 Metallic Abrasives

        $410.00

        1. Table | METALLIC ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART IV-2 METALLIC ABRASIVES DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 5.3.1 Steel Wool & Scouring Pads

          $89.00

          1. Table | STEEL WOOL & SCOURING PAD SUPPLY & DEMAND

        4. 5.3.2 Steel & Iron Grit & Shot

          $110.00

          1. Table | STEEL & IRON GRIT & SHOT SUPPLY & DEMAND

        5. 5.3.3 Other

          $100.00

          1. Table | OTHER METALLIC ABRASIVES SUPPLY & DEMAND

    6. 6 MARKETS

      $3,322.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $119.00

        1. Table | ABRASIVES DEMAND BY MARKET

      2. 6.2 Durable Goods Manufacturing Markets

        $2,182.00

        1. Table | DURABLE GOODS MANUFACTURING ABRASIVES DEMAND

        2. CHART V-1 DURABLE GOODS MANUFACTURING ABRASIVES DEMAND, 2014

        3. 6.2.1 Machinery

          $255.00

          1. Table | MACHINERY SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | MACHINERY ABRASIVES DEMAND

        4. 6.2.2 Motor Vehicles

          $235.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS

          2. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE ABRASIVES DEMAND

        5. 6.2.3 Fabricated Metals

          $213.00

          1. Table | FABRICATED METAL SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | FABRICATED METAL ABRASIVES DEMAND

        6. 6.2.4 Electrical & Electronic Products

          $409.00

          1. Table | ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC PRODUCT ABRASIVES DEMAND

        7. 6.2.5 Primary Metals

          $199.00

          1. Table | PRIMARY METAL SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | PRIMARY METAL ABRASIVES DEMAND

        8. 6.2.6 Aerospace & Other Transportation Equipment

          $262.00

          1. Table | AEROSPACE & OTHER TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | AEROSPACE & OTHER TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT ABRASIVES DEMAND

        9. 6.2.7 Nonmetallic Mineral Products

          $191.00

          1. Table | NONMETALLIC MINERAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | NONMETALLIC MINERAL PRODUCT ABRASIVES DEMAND

        10. 6.2.8 Furniture & Wood Products

          $193.00

          1. Table | FURNITURE & WOOD PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | FURNITURE & WOOD PRODUCT ABRASIVES DEMAND

        11. 6.2.9 Other Durable Goods Manufacturing Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER DURABLE GOODS MANUFACTURING ABRASIVES DEMAND

      3. 6.3 Cleaning & Maintenance Markets

        $307.00

        1. Table | CLEANING & MAINTENANCE ABRASIVES DEMAND

        2. CHART V-2 CLEANING & MAINTENANCE ABRASIVES DEMAND, 2014

        3. 6.3.1 Consumer

          $82.00

          1. Table | CONSUMER CLEANING & MAINTENANCE ABRASIVES DEMAND

        4. 6.3.2 Government

          $82.00

          1. Table | GOVERNMENT CLEANING & MAINTENANCE ABRASIVES DEMAND

        5. 6.3.3 Commercial

          $102.00

          1. Table | COMMERCIAL CLEANING & MAINTENANCE ABRASIVES DEMAND

      4. 6.4 Other Abrasives Markets

        $714.00

        1. Table | OTHER ABRASIVES MARKETS

        2. 6.4.1 Cosmetics & Toiletries

          $342.00

          1. Table | COSMETIC & TOILETRY SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | COSMETIC & TOILETRY ABRASIVES DEMAND

        3. 6.4.2 Construction

          $229.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          2. Table | CONSTRUCTION ABRASIVES DEMAND

        4. 6.4.3 Resource Extraction & All Other Markets

          $94.00

          1. Table | RESOURCE EXTRACTION & ALL OTHER MARKETS ABRASIVES DEMAND

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,790.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 7.2 Industry Participants

        $99.00

        1. Table | US REVENUE DATA: SELECTED ABRASIVES & RAW MATERIAL MANUFACTURERS, 2014

      3. 7.3 Industry Concentration & Market Share

        $178.00

        1. CHART VI-1 US ABRASIVES MARKET SHARE, 2014

      4. 7.4 Competitive Factors

        $773.00

        1. 7.4.1 Manufacturing Considerations

          $211.00

        2. 7.4.2 Marketing Strategies

          $207.00

        3. 7.4.3 Distribution Strategies

          $91.00

        4. 7.4.4 Research & Development Activity

          $146.00

        5. 7.4.5 Cooperative Agreements

          $82.00

          1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

        6. 7.4.6 Other Competitive Factors

          $82.00

      5. 7.5 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $115.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      6. 7.6 Company Profiles

        $3,490.00

        1. 7.6.1 Abrasive Technology Incorporated

          $178.00

        2. 7.6.2 Ali Industries Incorporated

          $107.00

        3. 7.6.3 Almatis GmbH

          $82.00

        4. 7.6.4 Armaly Brands Company

          $82.00

        5. 7.6.5 Bosch (Robert) GmbH

          $146.00

        6. 7.6.6 Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

          $142.00

        7. 7.6.7 Church & Dwight Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        8. 7.6.8 Clorox Company

          $82.00

        9. 7.6.9 Dow Chemical Company

          $134.00

        10. 7.6.10 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $118.00

        11. 7.6.11 Ervin Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        12. 7.6.12 Fives Group

          $87.00

        13. 7.6.13 FMSA Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        14. 7.6.14 Global Material Technologies Incorporated

          $82.00

        15. 7.6.15 Harsco Corporation

          $82.00

        16. 7.6.16 Henkel AG & Company KGaA

          $82.00

        17. 7.6.17 Hermes Schleifmittel GmbH & Company KG

          $82.00

        18. 7.6.18 Husqvarna AB

          $82.00

        19. 7.6.19 Imerys SA

          $82.00

        20. 7.6.20 Jason Industries Incorporated

          $202.00

        21. 7.6.21 Katy Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        22. 7.6.22 Klingspor AG

          $123.00

        23. 7.6.23 Saint-Gobain

          $253.00

        24. 7.6.24 SAIT ABRASIVI SpA

          $104.00

        25. 7.6.25 Sandvik AB

          $104.00

        26. 7.6.26 Stanley Black & Decker Incorporated

          $82.00

        27. 7.6.27 Sunnen Products Company

          $87.00

        28. 7.6.28 3M Company

          $337.00

        29. 7.6.29 TYROLIT Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski KG

          $164.00

        30. 7.6.30 Vereinigte Schmirgel- und Maschinen-Fabriken AG

          $82.00

        31. 7.6.31 Washington Mills North Grafton Incorporated

          $130.00

        32. 7.6.32 Winoa Group

          $107.00

      7. 7.7 Other Companies Mentioned in the Study

        $82.00

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