Global Abrasives

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This study examines global supply and demand for abrasives. Historical data (2008, 2013, and 2018) and forecasts for 2023 are provided for abrasives demand by product and market, net exports, and shipments on a selected country-by-country basis.


Abrasives are segmented into:

  • nonmetallic coated abrasives
  • nonmetallic bonded abrasives
  • nonmetallic loose abrasive grains and powders
  • metallic abrasives

Excluded from the scope of this study are abrasive-tipped cutting tools like drill bits, milling cutters, and saw blades.

Abrasives demand by market is presented for durable goods manufacturing, cleaning and maintenance, and other markets. The durable goods manufacturing market is further segmented into:

  • machinery
  • transportation equipment
  • electrical and electronic equipment
  • fabricated metals
  • other durable goods, such as primary metals, nonmetallic mineral products, and furniture and wood products

Other markets for abrasives include construction, resource extraction, and manufacturing of nondurable goods such as cosmetic and toiletry products.

Demand by product and market is presented in dollar terms. Demand in value terms is shown at the manufacturers’ level and excludes distributor and retailer markups. Demand totals at the country level are also presented in local currency terms.

Demand forecasts are also presented for abrasives raw materials on a country-by-country basis. At the global level, abrasives raw materials demand is segmented into manufactured minerals, natural minerals, and metallic materials.

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