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US demand to grow 6.3%annually through 2015
US powder metal demand is projected to grow 6.3 percent annually, reaching 1.5 billion pounds in 2015. Several key industries, including automotive, electrical and electronic, and machinery manufacturing, will be the primary drivers of growth for powder metals. Improved cost to performance ratios from parts, along with lower waste and closer tolerances have enticed many manufacturers to switch production of many parts to press and sinter techniques. In additive and catalyst roles, metal powders offer a variety of performance enhancements. Metal powder coatings can protect from oxidation and fire, while additives increase durability, strength and chemical resistance. Specific metal powders are irreplaceable in catalytic reactions, and are key to the production of many common chemicals.

Ferrous metal powders to remain volume leader
Metal powders are divided into two categories: ferrous and nonferrous. Ferrous powders accounted for 62 percent of the total metal powder market, by volume, in 2010, and are projected to reach 917 million pounds of demand in 2015. These powders are iron and steel, and stainless steel, and are used in various capacities, such as auto parts, chemical additives and components in machinery. Nonferrous powders include a much wider variety of metals and will reach demand of 539 million pounds in 2015. While nonferrous metals held only 38 percent of the 2010 market by volume, they represented 79 percent of the total market value. This category includes base metals such as aluminum, zinc, cobalt, tungsten and tantalum, as well as silver, gold, copper and platinum group metals. market research

Prices for platinum group metals, silver to notably rise
Prices of metal powders have increased at record rates over the past decade. Currently, metal prices are the highest they have ever been. These record high prices, while a bane to metal powder producers, have encouraged many raw metal producers to reopen and develop mines. Going forward, it is expected that price growth will slow, to an average of about one percent annually through 2015. There are, however, several notable exceptions, including platinum group metals and silver, both of which are expected to see price increases well over six percent per year. Ferrous metals will record slower price growth than the average.

Usage of powder metals in vehicles to increase
In 2010, the US used 42 pounds of powder metals in every vehicle it produced, and this number is expected to grow. Metal powders are found in every major system in automobiles, including the body and chassis, engine, transmission and steering systems. Machinery manufacturers use powder metals to produce wear parts and those parts that are too complex to produce by traditional methods. Electrical equipment made with powder metals include a variety of primary rechargeable lithium-ion and alkaline batteries. Other products, such as motors and brushes used in household appliances and industrial processes also consume significant amounts of sintered goods. Many more markets, including electronics and computers, chemical and related, and aerospace and other transportation equipment depend on metal powders for complex components with very specific materials properties.

Study coverage
This new Freedonia industry study, Metal Powders, is priced at $4900. It presents historical demand data (2000, 2005 and 2010) plus forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by metal powder type (ferrous and nonferrous), application and market. This study also considers market environment factors, assesses competing technologies, evaluates company market share and profiles nearly 60 players in the US industry



General 4
Macroeconomic Environment 5
Manufacturing Outlook 9
Motor Vehicle Outlook 12
Nonresidential Fixed Investment Outlook 15
Regulatory Environment 18
Historical Market Trends 21
Pricing 23
International Environment 27
World Metal Powder Market 28
US Trade in Metal Powders 31
Imports 33
Exports 35
Ferrous 37
Nonferrous 40

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