Gaskets & Seals

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This study analyzes the US market for gaskets and seals. The specific products covered are:

  • gaskets, segmented into metallic and nonmetallic types (including elastomeric, fiber-based, plastic-based, expanded graphite, cork (which includes cork/rubber composite materials for the purposes of this study), leather, mica, and ceramics)
  • molded seals and packings, including O-rings, flexible seals, diaphragm seals, and other molded seals and packings
  • body seals, including those used in motor vehicles, machinery, and aerospace and other transportation equipment
  • shaft seals, including rotary oil seals and mechanical seals
  • compression packings
Gaskets and Seals

Gaskets and seals are primarily used as components of durable equipment. The market segments broken out in this study are:

  • motor vehicles
  • machinery, including construction and related equipment; general purpose machinery; engines, turbines, and power transmission equipment; heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, and service equipment; and other equipment such as metalworking and industrial machinery
  • electrical and electronic products, including:
  • measuring and controlling equipment such as educational, medical, and scientific instruments; industrial controls; navigation instruments for transportation equipment; air and noise monitoring equipment; leak detection and control instruments; process monitoring; and temperature and pressure gauges (including separately sold aerospace types)
  • electrical equipment, which is classified as electrical transmission and distribution equipment, electrical industrial apparatus, lighting and wiring equipment, and miscellaneous electrical goods such as batteries and fuel cells (Gaskets and seals used in turbines and power generating equipment are included with engines, turbines, and power transmission equipment.)
  • computers and electronic equipment such as copy and facsimile machines, audio and visual equipment, and other consumer and communications electronic products, as well as electronic components such as semiconductors, electronic capacitors and resistors, electronic coils, transformers, electronic connectors, bare printed circuit boards, and printed circuit assemblies (electronic assemblies)
  • appliances, including both major (e.g., dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators, washing machines) and small types, and gaskets and shaft seals utilized in appliance motors
  • aerospace equipment (military and commercial aircraft, as well as space vehicles)
  • marine and rail equipment
  • other markets, including domestic hot water boilers; heat exchangers; plumbing fixtures and fittings; sprinkler systems; steam condensers; transportation equipment such as ATVs, golf carts, motorcycles, tanks and travel trailers; and windows and doors

Historical data (2008, 2013, and 2018) and forecasts for 2023 are provided in current dollars for the market as a whole, as well as for all products and markets listed above.

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