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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), By End-user (Automotive, Aerospace, Construction, Metalworking) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S. [Gulf Coast], UK, Germany, China, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024

Published Date: December 2017 | 184 Pages | Report ID: GMI514 | Report Format: PDF

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Industry Trends

Sandblasting Media Market size was more than USD 6 billion in 2016 and will witness 6.1% CAGR during the projected timespan.


U.S. sandblasting media market size, by product, 2013 - 2024 (USD Billion)


Robust rise in sandblasting machines demand across major end-user industries such as automotive, aerospace, metalworking and construction, etc. will favorably impact sandblasting media consumption in the coming years. They help perform tasks such as paint removal, rust removal and domestic civil repair works, which otherwise are very tedious and take a lot of time if done manually. The sandblasting media market has witnessed changing material preferences considering the regulatory landscape. From the past few years, the demand for robotic equipment has witnessed rise on account of process operation efficiency, lesser process time and less wastage generation. The demand for robotic sandblasting is primarily driven by the increasing requirement from automated bridge maintenance systems.

Global automotive production was nearly 94 million units in 2016. Rapid population and increase in consumer expenditure has driven the automotive industry growth in recent times has been complementing industry growth. Sandblast plays an important role in vehicle manufacturing processes such as electroplating pre-treatment, finishing and polishing. Automotive industry expansion will positively influence sandblasting media penetration over the forecast period.

The only major challenge for market in the coming years will be health hazards associated with using silica as abrasive material. Silica generates silica sand, which is highly dangerous, and can cause lung cancer, silicosis, and high breathing problems in exposed workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laid stringent regulations to prevent and control the exposures to airborne hazards during blasting operations.


Sandblasting Media Market, By Product

Si sand accounted for the largest sandblasting media market share in 2016 and is likely to remain in the same position by 2024. This demand primarily comes from Asia Pacific, wherein the material finds extensive usage due to absence of regulations as seen in key European counterparts, and lower price point compared to alternative materials.

Silicon carbide shall be the fastest growing product segment of sandblasting media industry over the forecast duration. Steel shot and grit are poised to gain market share from 2017 to 2024. They are widely used in blast cleaning industry for paint, mill scale, rust and several other surface impurities removal from steel surface before painting. Angular abrasives are suitable for eradicating heavy layers of corrosion, whereas rounded abrasives are ideal for removing lighter corrosion and mill scale.

Corn cob shall be the second fastest growing segment over the forecast period. It is an organic as well as biodegradable blasting media derived from the hard-woody cob’s ring. It can be used several times in the blasting process due to its efficient break down resistance.

Sandblasting Media Market, By End-user

Metalworking industry in 2016 held a prominent share in global sandblasting media industry. In the metalworking industry, sandblasting plays various essential roles including cleaning mill scale, residues, casting dirt, pressing & welding or heat treatment work piece, cleaning non-metal items surface, cleaning black spots on the ceramic embryo surface and restoring paint grain pattern.

Sandblasting Media Market, By Region

In 2016, Asia Pacific held the largest share in the global sandblasting media market size, in terms revenue and volume. Sandblasting media consumption is largely governed by regional sandblasting machines demand. Significant durable goods sector and growing infrastructure spending is favorable for the Asia Pacific industry. The material chosen is decided by its price along with the target usage in the region. While mature markets of Europe and North America showed lower market volume share in 2016, higher selling prices in both the regions have resulted in significantly high revenue share.

Competitive Market Share

Global sandblasting media market was highly competitive in 2016. Key players operating in the business are Saint Gobain Ceramics Materials, Harsco Metals & Minerals, GMA Garnet Pty Limited, CYM Materials, Opta Minerals, Synco Industries and Eisenwerk Würth. The market players have multinational presence with an extensive distribution network and years of experience in market.

Some companies in sandblasting media industry are fully integrated and possess capabilities such as product manufacturing, equipment manufacturing, and distribution channels for reaching widespread customer base. For instance, Synco Industries deals in manufacturing abrasive materials and sandblasting equipment. The company offers its services to various clients including the Indian Navy, Hindustan Aeronautics, Bharti Shipyard, and ISRO. The sandblasting media industry has strict environmental guidelines to be complied which makes it difficult for new market entrants.

In October 2014, Ervin started its manufacturing plant in Germany. The company serves steel, automotive and aerospace industries, for scale and rust removal and for granite cutting operations. Germany plant, until now, has supplied Central and Eastern European countries and raised annual production capacity of approximately 60 kilo tons of material.

Industry Background

Sandblasting media are abrasive particles that are used in conjunction with pressurized air or water stream to change surface properties. Abrasive media includes sand, metallic shot, slag, synthetic and organic materials. Abrasive media are selected based on various factors such as price, applicability, key features, recyclability, etc. Silica sand is among the majorly used abrasives where reclaiming is not possible, such as in unconfined sand blasting operations. Media such as silicon carbide, staurolite, garnet, and aluminum oxide are set to witness growth in the coming years. Steadily growing automotive and construction industry will be majorly responsible for sandblasting media market share growth over the forecast timespan.

What Information does this report contain?

Historical data coverage: 2013 to 2016; Growth Projections: 2017 to 2024.
Expert analysis: industry, governing, innovation and technological trends; factors impacting development; drawbacks, SWOT.
6-7 year performance forecasts: major segments covering applications, top products and geographies.
Competitive landscape reporting: market leaders and important players, competencies and capacities of these companies in terms of production as well as sustainability and prospects.

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