In 2009, the metal working, automotive and industrial markets are the primary end-users for abrasive products, comprising 15.2%, 13.8% and 12.0% of the market respectively. They maintain their hold on the market, and in 2013, will make up 15.8%, 14.3% and 11.7% of the market respectively. Construction comes in fourth place at 9.6% in 2009 and 8.9% by 2013. The power generation, electronics and medical/research sectors will demonstrate the strongest growth rates from 2008-2013 with 8.6%, 8.5% and 8.1% respective growth annually.
Metal working, the largest end-user market throughout the forecast period, is subject to a number of trends: the growth of the use of stainless steel by approximately 5% annually; hot pressed grinding wheels being used more often in steel production; the trend to replace metal saw blades with cut off wheels; and greater heat resistance in grinding wheels which has resulted in the decreased cost of working steel by approximately 4%.
Exhibit One: Abrasive Products by End-Use Market ($MM): 2009
Using 2007 as the base year, the report assesses the overall growth potential for abrasive materials and products and forecasts growth by product type, grade and end-use market through 2013. It includes extensive information on the competitive environment, including recent market entrants, types of suppliers, differentiation points, general warranty standards, service contracts and barriers to market entry.
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