Magnets and Magnet Materials: Global Markets
The global market for magnets and magnetic materials reached $32.2 billion in 2016. The market should reach $34.9 billion in 2017 and $51.7 billion by 2022, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2% from 2017 through 2022.
- An overview of the global market for magnets and their materials, along with emerging technologies and potential business opportunities in the future.
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2016, estimates for 2017, and projections of CAGRs through 2022.
- An overview of the chemistry and physics of magnets, and the processes to produce magnet products, and specific applications for magnet materials.
- Insight into the major end-use markets, such as instrumentation and other electronics, appliances and consumer electronics, industrial, and automotive.
- Information pertaining to the market's dynamics, including drivers, restraints, and potential opportunities.
- Profiles of major players in the field.
The scope of this report is broad and covers two types of magnets used globally: soft magnets and permanent magnets. They have been classified in terms of their magnetic properties and their uses.
There are four types of permanent magnets based on the magnetic materials used for production: alnico, neodymium, samarium-cobalt and ferrite. Each of these is further divided on the basis of production processes, which primarily are termed sintering and bonding. The major applications of permanent magnets are in electric motors; generators; medical devices; sonic equipment, magnetic sensors and transducers; and consumer electronics. The market for each type of permanent magnet in these applications and the market for each type of permanent magnet by region is also covered in this report. Additional breakdowns on the basis of global consumption in each end-user industry, which includes automotive, industrial, medical and home appliances, are also covered. The revenue forecasts from 2017 to 2022 are explained for each type of permanent magnet by production process, application and region.
Soft magnetic materials are divided into three types: electrical steel, soft ferrite and others. Other alloys used as soft magnetic material are amorphous alloys, nickel-iron alloys, silicon-iron alloy, iron-cobalt alloy, ferritic chromium-iron alloys and niobium-tin alloy. The major applications for soft magnetic materials are in electric motors, transformers, generators, alternators and others, which include inductors, relays and switches, antenna and filters. The end-user industry for soft magnets are electronics and telecommunications, electrical and automotive. The revenue forecasts from 2017 to 2022 of each type of soft magnets are described for each type for application, end-user industry and both by region.
The report also consists of a discussion of the major players across each of the segments; it explains the major market drivers for the global market of magnets and magnetic materials, the current trends within the industry and major end-user industries.
Aneesh Kumar has been a project manager and partner with BizImpact Knowledge Services, LLP, a market research and services company primarily focused on opportunities in science and technology, since 2011. Kumar manages a team focused on global market research projects, primary interviews and market forecasting. He holds a BBA from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India and is a member of the Indo-German Chambers of Commerce.
Globally, permanent magnet markets are expected to increase 7.8% per year, from $8.1 billion currently to $11.8 billion in 2011. The most rapid growth is expected in China, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico, Taiwan, India, and Malaysia.
Significant consolidation has occurred and industry concentration is higher. In North America, the largest factor is TDK, which is largely a captive producer for its own electronics operations. The company has about 19% of the overall market. It is followed by VAC with 12%, Hitachi Metals with 11%, Arnold Magnetics with 9%, and Ugimag with 7%. No other company has more than 4% of the overall market.
Many suppliers compete in the same market segments, and corporate recognition (or reputation), gained through advertising and promotion, has become an important factor. Most companies in North America have adopted either a strategy of product differentiation via unique technology or a strategy of focus (market segmentation) that is usually based on an end-use