Sandblasting Media Market Size By Product (Aluminum Oxide, Silicon Carbide, Steel Grit, Steel Shot, Glass, Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Cob, Staurolite, Coal Slag, Copper Slag, Silica/Si Sand, Garnet), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S. [Gulf Coast], UK, Germany, China, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2023

Published Date: July 2016 | 153 Pages | Report ID: GMI514 Report Format: PDF

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Industry Trends

Sandblasting Media Market size was over USD 260 million in 2015, and is anticipated to grow at 6.5% CAGR from 2016 to 2023.

Europe Sandblasting Media Market size, by product, 2015 & 2023 (Kilotons)
Europe Sandblasting Media Market size, by product, 2015 & 2023 (Kilotons)

Global sandblasting media market size, in volume terms, is set to grow at just under 6% CAGR. Surging adoption of robotic blasting technique is expected to enhance sandblasting abrasive market penetration in numerous complex process requirements, quality control and part complexity needs. Manual operations are predicted to pose serious health threats as it is likely to upsurge the risk of incurable lung diseases such as silicosis. Various industries such as automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer electronics, make use of robotic systems for applications such as material removal, coating removal, mold cleaning, stress relief, and surface preparation. Other optional features include automatic blast pressure control, custom data collection, report generation, automated media flow control, automatic recovery, servo controlled rotary positioner, rotary lance capabilities, through-the-fixture back pressure control.

Sandblasting equipment market finds application across the automotive sector for various applications such as electroplating pre-treatment, paint spraying and coating to clean the surface and also improvise adhesion as well as anti-corrosion ability. Furthermore, it also facilitates in removal of dumb face, metal or non-metal items’ surface marks, tiny burrs of mechanical & injection plastic parts, and fog treatment processing to enhance the product quality is another essential property for the automotive sector.

Sandblasting Media Market, By Product

Silica abrasives market for sandblasting accounted for considerable volume share in 2015, with growth projected to decline over the forecast timeframe. Steel grit accounted for over 13% of the overall industry share in 2015, growing at over 6% CAGR from 2016 to 2023. This can be attributed to increasing use for removal of various surface contaminants such as rust, mill scale, paint and other from steel surfaces. Silicon carbide abrasive blasting media market share is likely to grow at over 8% CAGR from 2016 to 2023. 

Steel grit and shot are poised to gain share over the forecast timeframe. They are used extensively in the blast cleaning industry for the removal of paint, rust, mill scale and other surface contaminants from steel surfaces prior to painting.

Sandblasting Media Market, By Region

Asia Pacific, particularly China sandblasting media market size was valued at over USD 100 million in 2015 and it is anticipated to remain the largest regional industry. Rising spending in infrastructure sector and demand for durable goods is forecast to justify the regional growth prospects. U.S. sandblasting media market share is estimated to grow at 7.3% CAGR from 2016 to 2023. Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) and The Clean Air Act of 1990 are intended to protect and augment the nation’s air resources, promote public health, and protect the environment. Ambient air quality is regulated by the NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standards), established for six criteria pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, PM, and sulfur dioxide (U.S. EPA 2004). 

Clean Water Act regulates discharges of wastewater streams containing heavy metals, toxic organics, and conventional pollutants. If the wastewater is discharged into rivers, lakes or oceans, the facilities must comply with effluent limits according to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Facilities that discharge wastewater streams into Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) must meet the effluent limits in their POTW agreements. High sandblasting media market price trend will contribute considerably to overall revenue generation in the coming years.

Competitive Market share

Industry participants contributing major sandblasting media market share include Eisenwerk Würth, Ensio Resources, GMA Garnet Pty, Harsco Metals & Minerals, MHG Strahlanlagen, Naxos Diskus Schleifmittelwerke, Opta Minerals, Paul Auer, Prince Minerals, etc. Frequent mergers & acquisitions is a major growth strategy. For instance, in April 2014, Abrasives Inc. acquired BCS Industrial Solutions Inc. The initiative is anticipated to widen the company’s product portfolio. In November 2014, High Technology Petrochemical JSC and GMA Garnet group entered into a collaborative partnership for providing high quality garnet abrasives in Vietnam.

In July 2013, Burwell Technologies invested in Sabre Autonomous Solutions, an Australian robotics company in order to commercialize an autonomous grit blasting robot that is capable of mapping and sensing steel structures for planning an appropriate collision-free grit-blasting pathway enabling the free operation of human workers outside the blasting area. Sabre Autonomous Solutions have started development of technologies such as robot inspection as well as multi-robot collaboration of blasting quality in real-time.

Sandblasting Media Industry Background

Coal slag is an alternative to silica for sandblasting applications and is one of the inexpensive materials. Harsco, formerly Reed minerals, is one of the leading coal slag producers for abrasive blasting applications and markets under the brand name Black Beauty. Steel grit and shot are used extensively for the removal of paint, rust, mill scale and other surface contaminants from steel surfaces prior to painting. Angular abrasives work well for removing heavy layers of paint and corrosion, while more rounded abrasives work well for removing mill scale and lighter corrosion.

While developed markets of North America and Europe exhibit lower volume share, higher selling prices in these regions result in considerably higher abrasive blasting media market revenue share on a global level. 

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Which are the leading market products, applications & regions and how will they perform by 2023?
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