Friction stir welding is a technique to join two metals or metal alloys via a solid-state joining process. The process makes use of a third tool that joins the two surfaces. The process involves the generation of heat that softens the surface near the friction stir welding tool. The two pieces of metal are intermixed at the joint, and mechanical pressure is applied by the tool to join the softened metal. Typically, this type of welding technique is applied in the case of aluminum metal (extruded aluminum) and on structures that require superior weld strength. The process does not need any post-weld heat treatment.
The analysts forecast the global friction stir welding equipment market to grow at a CAGR of 8.6% during the period 2016-2020.
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The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global friction stir welding equipment market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the demand for friction stir welding equipment from various end-user industries in the global friction stir welding equipment market.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
The report, Global Friction Stir Welding Equipment Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
- Beijing FSW Technology
- Manufacturing Technology
Other prominent vendors
- ETA Technology
- General Tool Company
- KUKA Systems
- PaR Systems
- RV Machine Tools
- Wide array of future applications
- Shrinking skilled workforce in major steel consuming countries
- Advanced equipment addressing issue of growing skills gap
Key questions answered in this report
- What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
- What are the key market trends?
- What is driving this market?
- What are the challenges to market growth?
- Who are the key vendors in this market space?
- What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?
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- Market overview
- Research methodology
- Economic indicators
- Key market highlights
- Future prospects: Global friction stir welding equipment market
- Market size and forecast
- Five forces analysis
PART 07: Impact of drivers
PART 08: Market challenges
PART 09: Impact of drivers and challenges
PART 10: Market trends
PART 11: Market segmentation by end-user
- Market overview
- Global friction stir welding equipment market: Automotive sector
- Global friction stir welding equipment market: Aerospace sector
- Global friction stir welding equipment market: Shipbuilding sector
- Global friction stir welding equipment market: Railways sector
- Market overview
- Friction stir welding equipment market in APAC
- Friction stir welding equipment market in Americas
- Friction stir welding equipment market in EMEA
- Competitive landscape
- Risks faced by vendors in overall welding equipment market
- Other prominent vendors
- Beijing FSW Technology Co, Ltd
- Manufacturing Technology Inc.
- Top-vendor offerings
- List of abbreviations
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 01: Key countries in each region
Exhibit 02: Classification of welding processes
Exhibit 03: Key aspects of friction stir welding process
Exhibit 04: Global friction stir welding equipment market: End-users
Exhibit 05: Global friction stir welding equipment market: Geographic segmentation
Exhibit 06: Push-pull factors
Exhibit 07: Benefits offered
Exhibit 08: Impact of global welding equipment market on global friction stir welding equipment market
Exhibit 09: Trends in automotive sector
Exhibit 10: Global aerospace market revenue growth (%)
Exhibit 11: Container ship manufactured 2010-2020 (units)
Exhibit 12: Five forces analysis
Exhibit 13: Friction stir welding applications in various car models
Exhibit 14: Global passenger vehicle sales 1990-2016 (million units)
Exhibit 15: Impact of drivers
Exhibit 16: Terms of conformity in welding as per ISO 9000:2005
Exhibit 17: ISO 3834 standard: Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials
Exhibit 18: Impact of drivers and challenges
Exhibit 19: Use of new material for welding in various sectors
Exhibit 20: New equipment
Exhibit 21: Key technologies
Exhibit 22: Global friction stir welding equipment market: End-user segmentation 2015 and 2020
Exhibit 23: Global friction stir welding equipment market: Automotive sector 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 24: Global automobile production 2010-2015 (millions of units)
Exhibit 25: Automotive production in China
Exhibit 26: Automotive production in Japan
Exhibit 27: Automotive production in US
Exhibit 28: Automotive production in South Korea
Exhibit 29: Automotive production in Thailand
Exhibit 30: Global friction stir welding equipment market: Aerospace sector 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 31: New aircraft demand by region by 2034
Exhibit 32: New aircraft production by type by 2034
Exhibit 33: Global friction stir welding equipment market: Shipbuilding sector 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 34: New orders worldwide 2013-2014 (units)
Exhibit 35: Global friction stir welding equipment market: Railways sector 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 36: Rolling stock market by geography and type ($ billions)
Exhibit 37: Global friction stir welding equipment market: Geographic segmentation 2015 and 2020
Exhibit 38: Friction stir welding equipment market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 39: Total car sales in India August 2014 to August 2015
Exhibit 40: New airplanes required in China 2015-2034
Exhibit 41: Expected cumulative transport infrastructure investments in Asia until 2025 ($ trillions)
Exhibit 42: Friction stir welding equipment market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 43: US automotive industry 2014-2015 (units)
Exhibit 44: Friction stir welding equipment market in EMEA 2015-2020 ($ millions)
Exhibit 45: Key figures in automotive sector in Europe 2013
Exhibit 46: Aerospace and defense industry in Europe 2013 ($ billions)
Exhibit 47: High-speed rail network in Europe 2015
Exhibit 48: Key vendors
Exhibit 49: Major risks
Exhibit 50: Global composite stainless steel price ($/ton)
Exhibit 51: Non-ferrous metals price April 2016 ($/ton)
Exhibit 52: Other prominent vendors
Exhibit 53: Product offerings
The author of the report recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global friction stir welding equipment market: Beijing FSW Technology, Colfax, Hitachi, and Manufacturing Technology.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: ETA Technology, EWI, Fooke, Gatwick, General Tool Company, KUKA Systems, Megastir, PaR Systems, RV Machine Tools, and Sapa.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from the research team said: “The key trend toward the rising adoption of automation in welding process has been in the picture for several years. However, recently all welding equipment end-user companies are inclined toward the development of this new technology as they seek competitive advantages. Increased implementation of lean initiatives supports the growing popularity as these companies seek avenues to reduce bottlenecks in their operation, enhance overall workflow, and offer reliable and efficient welding operations.”
According to the report, growing popularity of friction stir welding technology in automotive sector will be a key driver for market growth. Friction stir welding technology is a unique and innovative technique of joining two metals by using frictional heat coupled with a precisely controlled forging pressure. The final product possesses high integrity and is defect-free. Mechanical distortions are eliminated as the entire operation takes place under a low operating temperature.
Further, the report states that a deeper appreciation of the quality and utility of welded metal products may help to alter negative perceptions. Cutting-edge technologies and advanced techniques, such as processing research, artificial intelligence and robotics, advanced materials, and other developments, can be harnessed to effect dramatic improvements in the quality and efficacy of weld operations. However, industry observers flag a significant challenge in the current lack of ability to quantitatively predict the distortion of welded materials. Further research may clarify this issue in addition to improving the quality and reliability of welded products.
The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to a SWOT analysis of the key vendors.