Powder Metallurgy Market : A Global Industry Review and Forecast upto 2019

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Powder Metallurgy (PM) is a method of mixing fine powdered metals or alloy materials and compressing them into a desired form or shape and then heating it in a controlled environment to bond the compressed material. The process generally involves four steps, viz., powder manufacturing, blending, compacting and sintering. The highly precise forging capability of PM helps build components with net shape, dimensional precision and elaborate features.

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The key driver for PM is their large application base in the automotive industry and majority of applications worldwide for this technology are directed at automotive industry. PM offers enhanced performance and better design flexibility as compared to traditional metal working techniques such as casting, forging or extrusion. Increased choices as well as high quality of metal powders offers a wide variety of PM materials to cater to the specialized necessities of parts such as bearings, gears, bushings and pistons, utilized in various industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical. The global PM market has been witnessing rising commercialization of technologies. However, the growing number of low-cost vendors might pose a challenge to the growth of PM market.

Changing lifestyle and increasing disposable income of consumers in countries such as China and India is expected to affect the automotive industry in this region. Furthermore, increased regulations on emission control, especially in developed economies of Europe and North America is expected to drive the PM market. Moreover, reduction of carbon footprint of automobiles requires better light weight parts, which subsequently is expected to be a driving factor for the growth of the market. In addition, there is an increasing scope of application of powder metallurgy processes as manufacturers are looking at replacing traditional methods of casting, forging and extrusion due to the lower tooling costs and high-speed production.

Some of the major manufacturers in the thermoformed plastic industry include GKN plc, H.C. Starck GmbH, Hoganas AB and Metaldyne LLC Allegheny Technologies Inc. Other key vendors include Bohler-Uddeholm AG, Federal Mogul In., Carpenter Technology Corp. Fine Sinter Co Ltd., Sandvik AB, Hitachi Powdered Metals Co. Ltd. and SMC Powder Metallurgy Inc.

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Mica Market Research Report and Mica Industry Analysis upto 2019

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Mica is a shiny silicate mineral material having a layered structure. It occurs in the form of infinitesimal in rocks, granite or as crystals. The most salient characteristic of mica is that it has close basal cleavage. This property can be explained by its atomic arrangement in hexagonal sheet form. Mica is extensively distributed and occurs in metamorphic, sedimentary, igneous and regimes. Owing to its crystalline and other properties mica finds application in various fields.

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The mica has four major types namely; block mica, sheet mica, ground mica and built-up mica. These products have high demand from industries such as cosmetics, paints & rubber, construction materials, paints & coatings, plastics and others. Regions such as North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and RoW showed great demand for mica in various applications and the demand is expected to grow further.

Mica market is expected to grow further with the growing electronics industry. The electronic devices utilize mica in the form of film as well as in other forms. Other driving factors are growing plastic and cosmetics industry. Mica has become significant ingredient for mineral make-up in cosmetic industry. However extensive contact of mica may cause lung disease and inflammation hence, it can restrict the market in some applications. Use of mica in robotics can be one of the future trends.

Santa Fe Gold Corporation, Cogebi N.V., BASF Catalysts LLC, Gunpatroy Private Limited, Franklin Industrial Minerals Co, Mica Manufacturing Co. Pvt. Ltd, Daruka Minerals, Cleveland Mica Company and Asheville-Schoonmaker Mica Company are some of the key players in this market.

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Boron Market Segment Forecast upto 2019, Research Reports

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Boron is a low abundance chemical element synthesized by cosmic ray spallation. Boron is mined in four forms which are colemanite, tincal, ulexite and kernite. Boron has applications in various industries which include fiber class, borosilicate glass, ceramics, agriculture, construction, detergents, ferro boron and insulation grade materials among others.

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The boron market is driven mainly by building and construction industry with fiberglass having highest application share. The growing populations and improving building standards is one of the main factors for increase in the construction industry. Increasing demand in construction activity and government initiatives to reduce the energy consumption are fueling the boron based insulation fiberglass. Use of fiber glass in civil structure such as roads, bridges and others is expected to open a new opportunity for the boron based fiber glass market. Research & developments coupled with technological advances improving the properties of boron based materials and widening the applications area. Use of the boron fiber glass in reinforced plastics is expected to drive the market in near future. Low abundance, concentrated reserves and complex manufacturing process are the main restraints for the boron market.

China is the largest the consumer of the boron based materials. Boron reserves are highly concentrated in Turkey and the U.S. producing natural and refined borates. Turkey is the largest producer of the boron and its derivates. The U.S. and Turkey based industries are focusing on the Chinese market as it is the largest producer of the textile grade material and construction activities are growing at higher rate to accommodate the growing population. The U.S. is the largest producer of the insulation grade material and forms the second largest market for boron and its derivatives. Europe is growing at lower growth rate as compare to Asia-Pacific region as the production cost is higher. Some of the major players include ETI mines, Rio Tinto, Quiborax, Manufacturas Los Andes and others.

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Laser Cutting Machines Market Analysis and Industry Research Reports

September 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Today, laser is a proven industrial tool and a growing commodity in every segment. Laser cutting machines enables metal fabricators to create high quality metal parts that need less finishing work. Today, laser cutting machines offer substantial benefits over mechanical cutting which includes short cycle time due to high dynamics, minimal machine footprint, integrated laser beam guide, and speed. Laser cutting machines can cut wide variety of industry materials of varying thickness and shape. Due to recent developments in type of lasers, even small and medium sized businesses are using laser cutting machines for their industry. Numerous materials that can be cut using laser cutting machines include ceramics, precious and non ferrous metals, stainless and high alloyed steel among others.

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The major driving force for laser cutting machines includes mandatory regulations imposed by government for use of laser machines. Additionally, emerging applications in gas and oil exploration field is driving the laser cutting machines market. Precision in product development is one of the key factors contributing to the growth of this market. The major restraint of this market includes high cost of maintenance and high initial investment needed in laser cutting machines. Additionally, safety concerns with lasers are one of the key challenges faced by this market. The need for high system efficiency, reduced floor space and minimum maintenance and operating cost requirement have led to advancement in traditional laser cutting technologies. Improvements in lasers, systems and processes are expected to provide major opportunity for laser cutting machines market.

The recent advent of disk and fiber lasers has reshuffled the conventional CO2 laser cutting market. The major types of laser cutting machines include gas lasers, fiber lasers, semiconductor lasers and solid state lasers. Numerous types of gas lasers include excimer lasers and CO2 lasers. Various types of solid state lasers include ND:YAG and ER:YAG. The key application areas of laser cutting machines include semiconductor and electronics industry, consumer electronics, commercial, automotive, architectural and aerospace industry. Each of these industries has their own requirement in terms of flexibility, speed, quality, accuracy and affordability of laser cutting machines.

Geographically, North America held the largest share of laser cutting machine market in 2012. In Asia Pacific, Korea and China leads the laser cutting machine market. Due to stiff competition among players, the laser cutting machine industry is experiencing fall in prices. Currently, the economic conditions are influencing the buying decisions.

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Global Water Desalination Equipment Market and Industry Analysis, 2020

September 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Water shortage is biggest problem that is being faced by all developing as well as developed countries. Over the next few coming years, the shortage of water is expected to increase. Water desalination is a process of extracting clean water through the process of removing salt or saline from the salt water bodies. Desalination has now been practiced on large scale for more than 60 years. Continuous technological advancements have made this process more efficient and effective. The degree of salinity in the water is directly associated with the cost of desalination. Global corporations are selling and buying water rights at an extraordinary rate. Desalination equipment markets are majorly relevant to dry countries such as Australia and UAE which conventionally rely on the rainfall collection for providing drinking water.

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Some of the major drivers for the escalation in the desalination equipment market are industrial development, climate change and rising population across the globe. The demand of water for serving different purposes seems to be the key driver for the growth of this market. Additional cost and development of supporting infrastructure for desalination system are the major constraints for the desalination equipment market. Industrialization, urbanization and scarcity of fresh water bring new opportunities for the market players.

The water desalination equipment market can be segmented on the basis of the technology used in the desalination process. The equipment market can be broadly classified into distillation processes and membrane processes. Distillation process is further divided into multi-stage flash, multi-effect evaporation and vapor compression. Multi stage flash units are broadly used in African and Middle East region and accounts for nearly 40-45% of total world’s desalination capacity. This process involves evaporation and condensation of water. Both of these processes are coupled in the multi stage flash, so that the latent heat from evaporation process can be recovered for preheating the inlet water. Multi effect evaporation process is the outdated version of the multi stage flash units. Multi effect evaporation was replaced by multi stage evaporation due the problem with the heat transfer tubes. Vapor compression process relies on the reduced pressure operation to coerce evaporation. Vapor compression process is normally used for small and medium installations.

Membrane processes are further segmented into reverse osmosis and electrodialysis. Reverse osmosis recovers clean water from a saline solution that is pressurized to a point greater than the osmotic pressure of the solution. The membrane restricts the salt ion from the saline water through a membrane. Reverse osmosis also removes the dissolved gases and stabilizes the pH value of the fresh water by the addition of Na and Ca salts. Electrodialysis process utilizes direct current and flow channels separated by alternative cation and anion membrane to achieve the separation of water from the dissolved salts. Electrodialysis is used only for removing ionic component from the saline water.

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Global Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Segment Forecast, 2013 – 2019

September 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Rigid packaging includes cups, cans, bottles, corrugated cases and boxes among several others. On the basis of raw material employed, rigid packaging material can be bifurcated into metals, plastics, paper, glass and others. Paper is anticipated to be the fastest growing type of rigid packaging during the forecast period.

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Plastic packaging dominates the global demand for rigid packaging and the trend is anticipated to continue for a foreseeable future. Plastic doesn’t degrade and helps in better preserving of the packaged materials and thus improves shelf life of the packaged material. Moreover, low cost coupled with easy availability of plastic is among major factors driving growth for plastic in the rigid packaging market. Moreover, crude oil is among major raw material employed in the production of several plastic packaging materials such as polycarbonate. Therefore volatile raw material pricing is among other factors restraining demand for plastic as a rigid packaging material. Several issues related to plastic packaging material such as bio degradability and recyclability have led to a surge in number of environmental regulations against the use of plastic packaging materials. Although bio based plastic have been discovered, high production cost has restrained growth for bio based plastics. Therefore, demand for plastic as a rigid packaging material is anticipated to grow at a sluggish rate during the forecast period.

Metal and glass are among dominant type of rigid packaging. Cans and bottles are among the most common rigid packaging material manufactured using glass and metals. Moreover, high production cost and bio degradability issues associated with metal and glass materials has restrained market growth for metal and glass based rigid packaging material. Paper is expected to be the fastest growing product segment for rigid packaging. With increasing technological advancements, high strength and durable rigid paper packaging have been discovered and are fast substituting plastic, metal and glass based rigid packaging material. Moreover, forest materials such as pulp, wood and timber are among the raw materials employed in the production of paper packaging material.

Therefore various deforestation laws have been imposed that have restrained market growth for paper as a rigid packaging material. Furthermore, paper can be recycled easily and is a biodegradable product; paper packaging manufacturers have increased the use of recycled paper as the basic raw material. Therefore, paper packaging is among the most eco friendly and cost efficient packaging materials owing to which, paper is anticipated to be the fastest growing product segment for rigid packaging applications.

Asia Pacific dominates the global rigid packaging market and the trend is anticipated to continue during the forecast period. Huge population and high GDP growth rate in the emerging economies of India and China are among foremost growth drivers for rigid packaging in the Asia Pacific region. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region for rigid packaging for a foreseeable future. Demand for rigid packaging in North America and Europe is anticipated to grow at a sluggish rate primarily owing to market saturation in several end user industries.

Rigid packaging market is highly fragmented and is characterized by the presence of several regional players. The market is price sensitive and the degree of competition in the industry is high. Major players in the rigid packaging market include DS Smith PLC, Holmen AB, Georgia Pacific Corporation and MeadWestVaco Corporation among several others.

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Global Licensed Sports Merchandise Market Research Report till 2020

September 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Sports licensing includes licensing of symbols, logos, names of players and names of varied sport organizations. The sports body is known as licensor whereas company leasing rights is known as licensee. In particular, licensor selects licensee that helps to enhance the brand image of sports organization and teams. Expenditure on sports merchandise determines the wide polarization of buying habits, with retail and entertainment at one end and e-commerce at the other. Today, consumers are increasingly spending on sport leisure at high end malls and departmental stores. Hence, sports organizations are seeing phenomenal rise in merchandise transactions.

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Licensed sports merchandise is sold through entire range of retail which includes super markets, drug stores, departmental stores, specialty stores and online stores. Merchandising enables efficient engagement with fans who cannot attend matches, thereby helping to monetize sports brands. For example, Nike permits customers customize their trainers by sharing their designs and opinions with friends in person and online. This helps Nike to understand the needs of its customers and ensure that they come back.

Despite the recent troubled economy, sports industry continued to thrive. Licensed sports merchandise is driven by popularity of college and university level sports team. Additionally, the convergence of entertainment as sports is raising the usage of social media. Growth in licensed sports merchandise market is closely linked with consumer spending patterns. When sports team and fans are considered, identification with the team have greatest importance in purchasing licensed merchandise. Today, fans purchase licensed sports merchandise because they feel like they are part of the team. Additionally, a good design of store where licensed merchandise is implemented can help to create an increasing effect on purchase rate. The major challenge for licensed sports merchandise market is increasing pressure to grow sports merchandise in international market while maintaining the integrity of competition and local support base. They key trends driving the licensed sports merchandising include proliferation of digital origin properties, alternative deal structures and decline in licensing contracts.

The key major restraint for licensed sports merchandise market includes high entry barriers such as procuring licensing rights and sustaining brand identity. Additionally, availability of duplicate products and consolidation of retail business is acting as key restraint for licensed sports merchandise market.

Various product category of licensed sports merchandise includes gifts and novelty, stationery and paper, food and beverage, apparels, accessories and footwear, and games among others. Geographically, North America leads the licensed sports merchandise market. In U.S. sports licensing is dominated by Major League Soccer (MLS), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) among others. These sport organizations have merchandise distributed online retail channels and shops. Asia Pacific and Latin America is considered to be fastest growing region in licensed sports merchandise market. This owes to increase in disposable income and luxury spending. The key players in licensed sports merchandise include VF Corporation, G III Apparel Group Ltd., Fanatics Inc., Reebok International Limited, Nike Inc., GSI Commerce, Dreams Inc, and Knights Apparel Inc. among others.

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