Abrasive blasting also referred as sand blasting is a process in which materials such as glass beads, silica abrasives, coal sag among others are shot at a high speed through an air tool across the surface of a hard material until the surface becomes clear of debris or has a sanded smooth finish. The material or media used in abrasive blasting is directly proportional with the difficulty level of the debris removal as well as the level of impact the material can endure. The market for abrasive blasting media has witnessed significant growth due to rising demand from various applications such as metalworking, construction, and aircraft maintenance. The major factors driving the growth of market include technological development in abrasive blasting tools and the increased use of robotic blasting mechanisms across end-use industries, globally.
The increase in use of abrasive blast machines in domestic and industrial applications as well as increasing technological investments by leading players have led to the growth of abrasive blasting media market. Increased use of abrasive blasting media in automotive sector is expected to change the dynamics of market in near future. However, growing opportunities across Asia-Pacific market; as well as growing aviation, consumer and building & construction end-use industries are the major opportunity areas for the market. The major challenges can be attributed to the health hazards associated with the use of silica as an abrasive material, stringent government regulations and threat of substitutes.
Market Classification and Overview
The abrasive blasting media market is bifurcated on the basis of type, application, end use industry, and geography. The different types of abrasive blasting media include silica/Si sand, aluminum oxide grit, coal sag, corn cob grit, glass beads, acrylic, crushed glass grit, and silicon carbide among others. Si sand is the largest and most mature market as it caters to almost every type of application. Silicon carbide is the fastest growing market owing to its wide use in blast cleaning industry for surface impurities removal from steel surface before painting. Based on application, the market is segmented into paint spraying & coating, communication, aircraft maintenance, construction, metalworking, and home appliances among others. Metalworking is the largest application segment for abrasive blasting media market owing to its ability to modify metal work piece surface hardness and aiding in carving patterns in slip resistance treatment of metal and non-metal item surfaces. Based on end use industry, the market is further segmented into automotive, building & construction, industrial, consumer, aviation and others. Automotive accounts for the majority of global consumption of abrasive blasting media market and led the global abrasive blasting media market followed by building & construction and aviation segments. Building & construction is the fastest growing market owing to increase in construction spending and growing demand for abrasive blasting media products from residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors globally.
The market for abrasive blasting media is segmented into regions such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa (MEA). Asia-Pacific was the major contributors to the growth of abrasive blasting media market in 2015. Europe was the second biggest market followed by North America. The market for Asia-Pacific is further projected to witness highest growth in coming years owing to growth of durable goods sector and rise in infrastructure spending in the region. The Europe market for abrasive blasting media is likely to grow at a significant rate owing to the increase in production capacity, growing sales and rise in demand of abrasive blasting media products from steel, automotive and aerospace industries in the region.
Abrasive Blasting Media Market
2015 – 2026
2015 – 2016
2018 – 2026
Type, Application, End-Use Industry, Geography
North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa (MEA)
Market Trends, Drivers, Restraints, Porter's Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Analysis,
Player Profiling, Value Chain Analysis
Abrasives Inc., AB Shot Tecnics, S.L., ATI Black Diamond Granules Inc., Blastech, Crystal Mark Inc., Clemco Industries, Empire Abrasive Equipment, Graco, Sinto Group, Grainger Approved, Ballotini, Barton International, Aloxglass, Kramer Industries are the key players in the abrasive blasting media market. These players involved have adopted the strategies including mergers and acquisitions with local as well as established players.
Market By Type
· Silica/Si Sand
· Aluminum Oxide Grit
· Coal Sag
· Corn Cob Grit
· Glass Beads
· Crushed Glass Grit
· Silicon Carbide
Market By Application
· Paint Spraying & Coating
· Aircraft Maintenance
· Home Appliances
Market By End-Use Industry
· Building & Construction
Market By Geography
· North America
o Rest of Europe
o Rest of Asia-Pacific
· Latin America
o Rest of Latin America
· Middle East and Africa (MEA)
o South Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Rest of MEA
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