Global vacuum heat treatment market is expected to witness lucrative growth over the forecast period. The factors contributing to the market growth includes increasing demand from automobile industry, growing copper and steel industries and need for hardening dissimilar materials. In addition, adaptation of internet of things is the factor contributing to the growth in coming six years.
Growing copper and steel industries is estimated to be the major factor driving market growth. The demand for copper is increasing owing to the increasing investment in the construction industry which consumes copper in large quantity. Vacuum heat treatment technology helps copper to achieve surface modifications and required specific metallurgical properties.
Increasing demand from automobile industry is another factor leading to market growth. In this industry, vehicles manufacturing involves use of various components such as piston mills, gears, flywheels and camshaft made from metals including iron, steel, aluminum and other alloys. In the process of manufacturing, various types of heat treatment and surface engineering processes are used so as to enhance the performance of automotive components. These processes help in increasing reliability, improving the strength and hardness of material and increasing the lifespan of the components.
In gear manufacturing, low pressure carburizing (LPC) technology is used for gear heat treatment owing to the benefits associated with it such as reducing cycle time, eliminating intermediate buffers between heat treatment process, decreasing the direct labor interference, environmental friendly, no fire hazards, ergonomic comfort and, safe to operate. This technology is used by gear manufacturing companies including BMW, Hyundai, Renault, Volkswagen, Ford and Renault.
Another factor, need for hardening dissimilar materials is also expected to drive the growth of vacuum heat treatment market. To achieve the quality products in minimal time and at minimal cost, companies are developing stronger products than iron. These products are made by adding alloys which are non-metallic binding material which binds to the original material and then they are undergone vacuum heat treatment in controlled environment. This heat rearranges the crystal structure of materials, thus resulting in hardening of dissimilar materials. The process also helps in enhancing the tensile strength of material with minimum distortion. This is applied in broad range of industries including die-mold machining, aerospace, machine tools, automotive OEMs, component manufacturers and healthcare seeking for high quality and high durability products.
The digital technology also has the potential to enhance productivity in vacuum heat treatment processes. The productivity lies in adaptation of internet of things (IoT). The internet of things states to the use of actuators, embedded sensors and other devices that can collect and transmit information about the vacuum furnace process. The value-creating prospective of IoT Is augmenting vacuum furnace process through collection of data, computation of data and maximizing production schedule. In addition to augmentation, predictive maintenance and spare parts inventory is next value application of IoT in vacuum heat treatment. Predictive maintenance involves continuous use of sensors to monitor furnace component’s performance so as to avoid any breakdown and also to determine the requirement of maintenance. IoT helps in improving inventory management of furnace spare parts as well as automatically ordering spare parts on the basis of usage frequency. Hence, apprehending the values from digital innovations signifies a vital shift in vision, strategy, functional model and capabilities in vacuum heat treatment industry.
The vacuum heat treatment market is segmented geographically into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and MEA. North America is expected to dominate the market owing to large number of manufacturers, high R&D expenditures, well established infrastructure, and urbanized lifestyle.Asia Pacific is estimated to witness fastest growth over the decade. Rising disposable income, high steel availability and rising population base are the drivers contributing to market growth.
The major participants in the market are ALD Vacuum Technologies, ECM Technologies, Ipsen, PVA TePla, SECO/WARWICK, Solar Manufacturing, Ulvac, Thermal Technology, Consarc Engineering, G-M Enterprise, Sojitz JECT, TAV Vacuum Furnaces, Vac Aero International and T-M Vacuum Products.Some products of PVA TePla includes COV heat treatment furnaces with graphite resistance heater, Sinter HIP, metallic heated, Hotpress and Induction Heated. The graphite resistance heater is compatible with all types of process gases and automatic process runs; hence they are used in industrial productions.
Geographically, this report is segmented into several key Regions, with production, consumption, revenue (million USD), market share and growth rate of Vacuum Heat Treatment in these regions, from 2013 to 2025 (forecast), covering
• North America
• Southeast Asia
Global Vacuum Heat Treatment market competition by top manufacturers, with production, price, revenue (value) and market share for each manufacturer; the top players including
• AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group
• ECM Technologies
• Abbott Vascular
• Biosensors International
• C. R. Bard
On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
• Low Vacuum
• Medium Vacuum
• High Vacuum
• Ultra High Vacuum
On the basis of the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate for each application, including
• Aerospace Industry
• Automobile Industry
• Industrial Sectors
• Business Field
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