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Abrasives: New Uses

 

Abstract

Whilst some abrasive materials and the designs of their tools are well established, there exist many drivers for further development and expansion of the industry. For example, the emergence of new workpiece materials requires the specification and development of suitable abrasives and their tools.
Whilst some abrasive materials and the designs of their tools are well established, there exist many drivers for further development and expansion of the industry. For example, the emergence of new workpiece materials requires the specification and development of suitable abrasives and their tools.
 

Description

The review is based on two types of research. Firstly, a study of patent activity for abrasive materials and tools provides an overview of companies most active in abrasives-related intellectual property and the current subject areas of development. Secondly, a summary of university research related to abrasive materials and tools provides an insight into possible future areas of materials and applications development.

The 'technical developments' sections discuss both patent activity and university research on each of the material and tool types, and include maps of the various application areas.
The review is based on two types of research. Firstly, a study of patent activity for abrasive materials and tools provides an overview of companies most active in abrasives-related intellectual property and the current subject areas of development. Secondly, a summary of university research related to abrasive materials and tools provides an insight into possible future areas of materials and applications development.

The 'technical developments' sections discuss both patent activity and university research on each of the material and tool types, and include maps of the various application areas.
 

Highlights

Intellectual property review, Review of academic research, Patent review and analysis  

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Agent: Research and Experts 
Date Published: 2010-09-01 

Abrasives: New Uses

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The global economy is picking up again after five years of uncertaintity and slow economic growth. The IMF is predicting global growth of 3.7% in 2014 rising to 3.9% in 2015. However, much uncertainity remains. Low inflation in developed economies means that these economies take longer to deal with debt burdens and are at increases risk of deflation. 

The second half of 2013 saw growth in the US and European economies (particularly UK, Germany and France).  

Growth in the US has been helped by cheaper energy from fracking , renewables and more oil and gas exploration. This cheaper energy is bring manufacturing jobs back to the US and helping to boost domestic demand. Recent winter weather conditions have hampered growth in the construction sector and have slowed demand in the construction equipment sector which saw exports drop by 25% in 2013. Growth should pick up in this sector with continued federal investment in infrastructure, new residential house builds and refurbishment and the energy boom.

In Europe growth is expected to be uneven with growth being slow in stressed economies such as Portugal and Greece but confidence picking up in UK, Ireland and even Spain showing some improvement.

Developing economies such as China and India will continue to have strong growth in 2014 and 2015. China has benefitted from increased investment with the Chinese govenment now focused on quality growth of 7.5% in 2014. India which is less reliant on exports expects growth of 5.4% in 2014 and 6.4% in 2015.

Much uncertainity still remains in the global economy with greater optimism needed to stabilise growth.

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Abrasives

Abrasives are materials used to cut, grind or polish. In choosing the right abrasive for a particular application, key properties that are important include hardness, strength, thermal conductivity, heat capacity, chemical inertness, grain shape, grain size. The abrasive must be harder than the material being removed.

The abrasives industry is intrinsically linked to GDP, in particular the construction and manufacturing industries. We expect their to be an increase in demand for abrasives in 2014 given the positive growth projections for the construction and manufacturing sectors.

Research and Experts provide the latest market intelligence reports on the abrasives industry giving you the latest market breakdown on abrasive materials and finished products globally.

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Materials and Chemicals

The materials and chemicals industries are an important subset of the heavy industries category. Materials and chemicals are an important component of the developed economy converting raw materials into more advanced finished products. This sector covers the production of abrasives, stone and concrete products, chemicals, advanced materials, textiles, plastics, timber products, plastics, metals and glass and ceramics. 

The global chemical industry covers the production of more than 70,000 different chemicals produced from raw materials. We provide reports on this sector with market information on agri-chemicals, construction chemicals, medical chemicals etc. 

The global materials industry is closely linked to GDP and growth in construction and electronics. Growth to 2016 is expected to be close to 4% in the general materials market with higher growth in the area of advanced materials such as nano technology.   

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Challenges facing the global construction industry according to one of our publishers, Timetric, include cost containment, market uncertainty and retention or recruitment of skilled staff.  

The global manufacturing industry showed considerable growth in 2013. Employment in manufacturing grew most notably in the US helped by lower labour and energy costs. Growth was also recorded in the UK and throughout the Eurozone.  

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Report: Abrasives: New Uses

 

Contents

Introduction

Intellectual property review - study methods and general findings

Academic research - study methods and general findings

Technical developments: abrasive grains
- Including slurries and loose abrasives


Technical developments: abrasive materials
- Including aluminium oxide, silicon carbide, emery, garnet, pumice, metallic abrasives and tungsten carbide


Technical developments: superabrasives
- Including diamond, cubic boron nitride and their tools



Technical developments: bonded abrasives
- Including grinding wheels and other bonded abrasives


Technical developments: coated abrasives
- Including abrasives discs, sheets, belt, films and other coated abrasives


Summary and conclusions
 

Scope

Products covered: Abrasive grains/materials
- Fused aluminium oxide
- Silicon carbide
- Tungsten carbide
- Cubic Boron Nitride
- Diamond
- Emery
- Garnet
- Pumice
- Slurries and loose abrasives
Bonded Abrasives
Coated Abrasives, Superabrasives

 

Classification

Language Code: EN 
Region: Global 
Report Type: Sector Report 
Industry: Heavy Industry 
Sector: Abrasives 
Sub-Sector: Abrasives Industry 
Pages: 326 

Companies Featured

3M Innovative Properties, Allied Material, Asahi, Baker Hughes, Cabot Microelectronics, Canon, Diamond Innovations, Element Six, Fuji Photo, Fujimi, General Electric, Guardian Industries, Japan Science and Technology, Kennametal, Kobe Steel, Kyocera, Matsushita Electric, Mitsubishi Materials Corp, National Institute for Materials Science, National Institute of Advanced Industrial and Technology, Nissan Motor, Noritake, Permelec Electrode, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Sandvik, SGL Carbon, Showa Denko, Smith International, Sony, Sumitomo Electric, Sumitomo Metal Mining, Sumitomo Rubber, TDK, Toshiba, Tungaloy

 

Reasons to buy this report

This report researched and written by Dr. Stuart Nailer presents a technical review of current and potential developments within the field of abrasives, with the objective of providing indications of the possible directions that the abrasives industry may take.  

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