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Metal Powders

Metal Powders

US demand to grow 6.2% annually through 2015
Demand for metal powder in the US is projected to grow 6.2 percent annually to 1.4 billion pounds in 2015, valued at $4.8 billion. Increased output in several key industries -- including motor vehicles, batteries and electrical equipment, and machinery manufacturing -- will be the primary drivers of growth. In addition, improved cost-to-performance ratios for parts, along with lower waste and closer tolerance components, will continue to entice manufacturers to switch production of many parts to press and sinter techniques. In additive and catalyst applications, metal powders also offer a variety of performance enhancements.

Ferrous powders to outpace nonferrous in volume terms
Ferrous powders accounted for 62 percent of the metal powder market total by volume in 2010, and demand is projected to rise 6.6 percent per year to 914 million pounds in 2015. Iron and steel, and stainless steel powders are used in a variety of applications, including automotive parts, chemical additives and components in machinery. Nonferrous powders encompass a much wider variety of metals, including base metals such as aluminum, zinc, cobalt, tungsten and tantalum, as well as silver, gold and platinum group metals. Nonferrous powder sales are expected to climb 5.6 percent annually to 531 million pounds in 2015, slower than demand for ferrous powders. While nonferrous metals held only 38 percent of the 2010 market by volume, they accounted for 80 percent of total market value.

Motor vehicles to remain dominant market by volume
In 2010, an average of 53 pounds of metal powders were used in every motor vehicle made in the US. Metal powders are used in every major system in automobiles, and as vehicle production in the US rebounds, metal powder usage will increase as well. US machinery manufacturing relies on high quality and technological superiority over foreign competition, meaning parts used in production are complex and difficult to make. Metal powders allow the costeffective production of many of these parts. Computers and electronics manufacturers use the smallest amount of metal powders by volume, but are the largest dollar value market. Producers use high value metal powders (such as tantalum and precious metals) manufactured to tight tolerances, which elevates the value of the powders.

Electrical equipment made with metal powders includes primary batteries, electric motor brushes and appliance parts. Battery sales will see the strongest growth, as the US ramps up production to feed growing world demand. A number of other markets -- including chemicals, and aerospace and other transportation equipment -- also depend on metal powders for complex components with very specific materials properties.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table Metal Powder Demand (million dollars)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table Macroeconomic Indicators (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table Manufacturers' Shipments (billion dollars)
    • Motor Vehicle Outlook
      • Table Motor Vehicle Indicators
    • Nonresidential Fixed Investment Outlook
      • Table Nonresidential Fixed Investment Expenditures (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Regulatory Environment
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table Metal Powder Market, 2000-2010
    • Pricing
      • Table Selected Metal Powder Prices (dollars per pound)
    • International Environment
      • World Metal Powder Market
        • Table World Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
      • US Trade in Metal Powders
        • Table US Trade in Metal Powders (million pounds)
        • Table US Trade in Ferrous Metal Powders (million pounds)
        • Table US Trade in Nonferrous Metal Powders (million pounds)
  • TECHNOLOGY & COMPETING PRODUCTS
    • General
    • Powdered Metal Technology
      • Powder Production
      • Powder Applications
      • Nanotechnology
    • Competitive Products
      • Cast Metals
      • Forged Metals
      • Plastics
  • METAL POWDERS
    • General
      • Table Metal Powder Demand
    • Ferrous Metals
      • Table Ferrous Metal Powder Demand
      • Iron & Steel
        • Table Iron & Steel Powder Demand by Market (million pounds)
      • Stainless Steel
        • Table Stainless Steel Powder Demand by Market (million pounds)
    • Nonferrous Metals
      • Nonferrous Metal Market Value
        • Table Nonferrous Metal Powder Value Demand (million dollars)
      • Nonferrous Metal Market Volume
        • Table Nonferrous Metal Powder Volume Demand (million pounds)
      • Zinc
        • Table Zinc Powder Demand by Market (million pounds)
      • Aluminum
        • Table Aluminum Powder Demand by Market (million pounds)
      • Magnesium
        • Table Magnesium Powder Demand by Market
      • Copper & Copper-Based Metals
        • Table Copper & Copper-Based Metal Powder Demand by Market (million pounds)
      • Tungsten
        • Table Tungsten Powder Demand by Market (million pounds)
      • Nickel
        • Table Nickel Powder Demand by Market (million pounds)
      • Cobalt
        • Table Cobalt Powder Demand by Market
      • Molybdenum
        • Table Molybdenum Powder Demand by Market
      • Precious Metals
        • Table Precious Metal Powder Demand
        • Table Silver Powder Demand
        • Table Platinum Group Metal Powder Demand
        • Table Gold Powder Demand
      • Tantalum
        • Table Tantalum Powder Demand
      • Other Nonferrous Metals
        • Table Other Nonferrous Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
  • APPLICATIONS
    • General
      • Table Markets for Metal Powders by Application
    • Metal Powder Demand
      • Table Metal Powder Demand by Application
      • Metal Powders in Components
        • Table Metal Powder Demand in Components (million dollars)
      • Other Applications for Metal Powders
        • Table Metal Powder Demand in Other Applications (million dollars)
  • MARKETS
    • General
    • Metal Powder Value Demand
      • Table Metal Powder Value Demand by Market (million dollars)
    • Metal Powder Volume Demand
      • Table Metal Powder Volume Demand by Market (million pounds)
    • Motor Vehicles
      • Table Motor Vehicle Metal Powder Demand by Material & System (million pounds)
      • Demand by Material
      • Demand by System
        • Table Motor Vehicle Engine & Drivetrain Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
        • Table Motor Vehicle Transmission Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
        • Table Body & Chassis Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
        • Table Braking System Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
        • Table Exhaust System Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
        • Table Other System Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
    • Machinery
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table Machinery Manufacturing Shipments by Type (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Metal Powder Demand
        • Table Machinery Equipment Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
    • Batteries & Electrical Equipment
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table Electrical Equipment & Appliance Shipments (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Metal Powder Demand
        • Table Battery & Electrical Equipment Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
    • Chemical & Related Products
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table Chemical & Related Product Shipments by Type (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Metal Powder Demand
        • Table Chemical & Related Metal Powder Demand by Material & Market (million pounds)
        • Table Chemical & Petroleum Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
        • Table Paint, Coating & Pigment Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
    • Aerospace & Other Transportation Equipment
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table Aerospace & Other Transportation Equipment Shipments (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Metal Powder Demand
        • Table Aerospace & Other Transportation Equipment Metal Powder Demand (million pounds)
    • Computer & Electronic Equipment
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table Computer & Other Electronic Component Shipments (billion dollars)
      • Metal Powder Demand
        • Table Computer & Other Electronic Equipment Metal Powder Demand (million dollars)
    • Other Markets
      • Table Other Markets for Metal Powders by Material & Market (million pounds)
      • Tools & Hardware
      • Medical
      • All Other
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US Metal Powder Sales by Company, 2010 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Mergers, Acquisitions & Industry Restructuring
      • Table Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table Selected Cooperative Agreements
    • Company Profiles
      • ACuPowder International LLC
      • Alcoa Incorporated
      • Allegheny Technologies Incorporated
      • ALTANA AG
      • American Chemet Corporation
      • AMETEK Incorporated
      • Ashland Incorporated
      • BASF SE
      • Cabot Corporation
      • Carpenter Technology Corporation
      • Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
      • Eramet SA
      • Ferro Corporation
      • GKN plc
      • HC Starck GmbH
      • Höganäs AB
      • Horsehead Holding Corporation
      • JFE Holdings Incorporated
      • Johnson Matthey plc
      • Kennametal Incorporated
      • Kobe Steel Limited
      • Metalor Technologies International SA
      • Mining and Metallurgical Company Norilsk Nickel
      • OM Group Incorporated
      • PALM International Incorporated
      • Plansee Holding AG
      • Pulse Electronics Corporation
      • Rio Tinto Group
      • SCM Metal Products Incorporated
      • Sherritt International Corporation
      • Technic Incorporated
      • Teck Resources Limited
      • Umicore NV/SA
      • United Technologies Corporation
      • US Metal Powders Incorporated
      • Valimet Incorporated
      • Votorantim Participações SA
      • Xstrata plc
    • Other Companies Mentioned in the Study

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