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Cutting Tools 2018 Vol 1: Executive Overview

Cutting Tools 2018

Cutting Tools Volume 1 - Executive Summary - Global Industry Overview, Analysis & Forecasts

With over 15 years experience in the cutting tools industry, Dedalus Consulting's intelligence coverage offers the most comprehensive data and analysis available. Our four (4) volume Published Intelligence Report is in its 7th Edition, and the new Ulysses™ database both build on that wealth of accumulated knowledge.

The 2018 cutting tools dataset provides quantitative data and qualitative analysis on the global market by country, end-user industry, tool type, application, workpiece material, grade, and competitors. Expanded coverage includes additional end-user industry breakdowns, in-depth producer profiles, and pivot table capabilities within the Ulysses™ platform.

Data and analysis is available for the years 2004 to 2023 with actuals through 2017 and forecasts to 2023.



Available: February 2018

Formats Available: Ulysses™ DSS & Published Intelligence Report

What You Get: Detailed Research Criteria Presented

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Research Objectives & Methodology

Research Objectives

The primary objectives in this analysis are:

  • To provide clients with the tools they need to accurately assess their market opportunities and potential;
  • To determine the size of the total market opportunity by cutting tool product types, end-user industry, workpiece materials, and grade by country;
  • To forecast future growth in each product by geographic and end-use market; and
  • To assess the competitive environment within the market including supplier sales, market share, and producer profiles.

Methodology & Sources

Dedalus Consulting employs all current market and competitive intelligence techniques in order to ensure comprehensive research and analysis. This includes primary and secondary research. The research methodology applies generally to all database services, published and custom research. It can also be modified to suit a project and the client’s specific objectives.

Products covered include: solid tools and indexable inserts; milling, turning, drilling, and other tools (e.g., burrs, taps, dies and reamers). Grades include cemented carbide, tool steels, ceramic, cermet, cBN/PcBN, and diamond tools. Market trends and forecasts are provided for the years 2017-2023.

Product Types and Subtypes Covered

Product Types and Subtypes Covered

Milling Tools
      • End/Face Milling
      • Slotting/Slitting
      • Plunge Milling
      • Contouring
      • Profiling
      • Threading
      • Micromachining
      • Other
Turning Tools
      • ISO Turning
      • Parting/Grooving
      • Threading
      • Profiling
      • Micromachining
      • Other
Drilling Tools
      • Standard Depth Drilling
      • Deep Hole Drilling
      • Threading
      • Micromachining
      • Interchangeable Tip
      • Other
Other Cutting Tools
      • Reamers
      • Taps
      • Dies
      • Burrs
      • Other

Tool Types

Tool Types: Solid/Indexable

    • Indexable Inserts
    • Solid Cutting Tools

Cutting Tool Grades

Cutting Tool Grades

  • Cemented (Tungsten) Carbides
  • High-Speed Steel (HSS)
  • Ceramics
  • Cermets
  • cBN/PcBN
  • Diamond Tools

Workpiece Materials

Workpiece Materials

  • Cast Irons
  • Carbon Steels
  • Stainless Steels
  • High-Temperature/Super Alloys
  • Hardened Materials
  • Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Non-Metallics

Geographic Coverage

Geographic Coverage

  • Brazil
  • China
  • CIS
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea (South)
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Other Asia/Pacific
  • Other EU
  • Other Europe
  • Other Latin America
  • Other NAFTA
  • Rest of World

End-User Industries Covered

End-User Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical Processing
  • Communications
  • Consumer
  • Construction
  • Defense/Military
  • Die & Mold
  • Electronics
  • General Machining
  • Job Shops
  • Medical/Research
  • Oil, Gas & Mining
  • Paper & Pulp Industry
  • Power Generation (e.g., renewables, nuclear)
  • Transportation (e.g., railroads, shipbuilding, infrastructure)
  • Other

Applications Covered

Applications Covered

  • Polishing/Lapping
  • Finishing/Deburring
  • Stock Removal
  • Grinding
  • Contouring
  • Planing
  • Sharpening
  • Boring
  • Other



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    • 2017 base year
    • 2018 estimated
    • Forecasts: 2018-2023


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Product Option: Published Research

Our published research has been industry proven as a consistently reliable source of market intelligence for many years. Through our work publishing research reports on machining and materials, we have been able to offer clients valuable insights into new and existing markets.

The Cutting Tools Published Research is divided into four (4) volumes acccording to subject: market/technology overview, products, end-user industry/country analysis, and competitive environment. Each volume is divided into convenient sections according to product type or breakdown criteria as listed above, and includes the technology/market overview sections as well.

The four (4) volume report contains over 1,000 pages and over 500 charts/graphs.

*Note: Each Volume of the Published Research Report is also sold separately for your convenience.

Summary of Report Contents

Volume 1: Executive Summary

The Executive Summary provides a detailed overview of the cutting tools industry for when you only need top-level data and analysis. It provides summary tables in value of consumption by major product types, countries, and end-user industries. It also gives general market trends and factors affecting demand on the summary level.

Section One: Technology Overview

Section One: Technology Overview

Key Industry Terminology

  • General Machining Definitions
    • Applications
    • Tool Grade
    • Workpiece Material
  • Product Type Definitions
    • Solid Cutting Tools
    • Indexable Inserts
      • Geometry
      • Shapes/Angles
  • Application Tool Types Defined
    • Milling Tools
    • Turning Tools
    • Drilling Tools
    • Other Tools (e.g., reamers, burrs, etc.)
    • Micromachining Tools
  • Machining Methods
    • Quick-Change Tooling
    • Modular Tooling
    • High-Speed Machining
    • Coolant Based Machining
    • Dry Machining

Cutting Tool Selection

  • Application Definition
  • Specifications
  • Workpiece Material Evaluation

Advances in General Machining Processes

  • Cutting Tool versus Machine Tool Development
  • Advances and Developments in Machining Techniques
  • Machine Tool Design and Productivity
  • Alternative Machining Methods & Disruptive Technologies
    • Grinding/Abrasive Techniques
    • Machining Centers
    • Horizontal/Vertical Machining
    • Multi-axis machining
    • EDM (Electro-Discharge Machining)
    • ECM (Electro-Chemical Machining)
    • Laser Machining
    • Additive Manufacturing
  • Knowledge Gap: Education on Tool Selection and Machine Capability
  • Educating the Next Generation of Machinists
  • Specialization and Customization Continue to Grow
  • Impact of Advances in Cutting Tool Grade Technology
  • Impact of Advances in Workpiece Material
  • Impact on Tooling and Productivity

Coatings Overview

  • What is a coating?
  • Coatings Processes
    • CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition)
    • PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition)
  • Ceramic Coatings
    • TiN, TiCN, TiC, TiCN, TiAlN
    • TiAL Black and gold developments
  • Nanostructured Materials Coatings
  • Diamond Coatings
  • Diamond-like-carbon (DLC) Developments
  • Advances in Coatings Technology

International Standards

  • ANSI Standards
  • ISO (International Standards Organization) Standards
  • Meeting international standards
  • Impact of low quality products on the market

Technology Outlook

  • Cutting Tool Technology on the Horizon
  • Challenges and Advances in Materials Science
    • Nanostructured Materials
    • Ultrafine Grain (Micrograin) Carbides
    • Ceramics Evolution
  • Increasing Productivity with New Designs


Section Two: Market Overview

Section Two: Market Overview

Global Cutting Tools Market Overview

  • Total Demand by Country for Cutting Tools ($MM): 2017-2023
  • Trends & Forecasts in Cutting Tool Consumption
  • Factors Affecting Cutting Tool Demand
  • Global Industry Trends
  • World Machining Industry by Product Type ($MM): 2017-2023
  • Machine Tools Industry Overview
  • Global Demand ($MM) for Machine Tools by Region and Type: 2017-2023
  • Trends & Forecasts

Industry Trends & Forecasts

  • Cycles of Growth and Decline
  • High-growth Markets (CAGR by Year)
  • Cutting Tool Producer Strategies in Reducing Costs
  • Machine Shop Strategies in Reducing Costs
  • Offsetting Increasing Labor Costs
  • Reduction of Energy Costs
  • Machine Tool Selection
  • Impacts of Just-In-Time Practices
  • Economics of Machining
  • Economics of High-Speed Machining
  • Economic Benefits of Dry Machining

Supply Chain Analysis

  • Raw Materials
    • Tungsten
    • Cobalt
    • Tantalum
    • High-speed steel
    • Ceramics
      • Aluminum oxide
      • Silicon carbide
    • Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN)
    • PCD Diamond
  • Blanks
  • Coatings

Relevant Legislation

  • Government Oversight & Associations
  • Environmental Impact
  • Waste Removal
  • Coolant Use and Disposal
  • Work Environment and Safety

Regional Market Data and Analysis

  • Global Demand ($MM) for Cutting Tools by Region: 2017-2023
  • Regional Trends
  • High growth markets in a slow global economy
  • Developing Nations versus Mature Economies
  • Manufacturing Trends by Country

Distribution Channels

  • Global Demand ($MM) by Distribution Channel: 2017-2023
  • Distribution Channels Defined
    • Direct to the End-User
    • Private Labelling
    • Distributors (international, national regional, local)
    • Manufacturer's Representatives
    • Catalog Houses
    • Online Channels & Mass Merchandisers
    • Value Added Resellers
  • Private Labelling: How This Significant Industry Affects Competition and Brand Name Recognition
  • Multi-Tier Distribution Model: How it Affects Cost to the End-User
  • Channel Mark-ups Explained


  • Average Selling Price by Product Type
  • End-User Industry Pricing Analysis
  • Pricing Trends by Country

Cutting Tool Grade Trends

  • Product Grade Overview
  • Global Demand ($MM) for Cutting Tools by Grade: 2017-2023
  • Cutting Tool Grades
    • Carbide Tools
    • Ceramic Tools
      • Advantages of Ceramic Tools
      • Solid Ceramic Tools, Alumina
      • SiC (silicon carbide), SiN (silicon nitride)
      • SiC Whisker Reinforced Tools
      • CMC (ceramic matrix composites)
    • Cermet Tools
    • CBN/PCBN Tools
    • Diamond Tools
  • General Conclusions

Tool Type

  • Global Demand ($MM) for Cutting Tools by Application Product Type — Milling, Turning, Drilling & Other: 2017-2023
  • Global Demand ($MM) for Cutting Tools by Type — Solid versus Indexable Tooling: 2017-2023
    • Advances in Insert Design and Application
    • Trends in Solid versus Indexable Tooling

Workpiece Material

  • Global Demand ($MM) for Cutting Tools by Workpiece Material: 2017-2023
  • End-User Trends by Workpiece Material
  • Machining Non-Metallic Materials
    • Plastics
    • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRPs)
    • Ceramic Composites

End-User Analysis

  • Global Demand for Cutting Tools ($MM) by End-User Industry: 2017-2023
  • Statistics & Overall Market Data
  • Forecasts and Predictions: 2020 and Beyond
  • High growth markets in a diverse global economy
  • Key Sectors by Country and Region
  • Factors Affecting End-User Demand
  • Analysis of Criteria for End-User Product Selection
  • End-User Trends by Workpiece Material
  • Key End-Users by Industry

Competitive Environment

This section looks at the general competitive factors in the global cutting tools industry. For a more in-depth look at the competitive landscape, see Volume 4 — Competitive Environment: Analysis and Producer Profiles

  • Competitive Market Factors (e.g., pricing, product development...)
  • Major Supplier Sales and Market Share ($MM): 2015-2016
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Competitive Landscape Moving Forward

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