Advanced Ceramics and Nanoceramic Powders
The U.S. consumed more than $3.1 billion worth of advanced and nanoscale ceramic powders in 2010. Consumption is projected to increase to nearly $3.4 billion in 2011 and $5.4 billion in 2016, a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9% between 2011 and 2016.
SCOPE OF REPORTS
For each ceramic powder type, the report provides an analysis of material types in that category, processing technologies, properties, applications, suppliers, prices, and U.S. markets.
A technology review has been conducted on the current and emerging ceramic powder production technologies, such as carbothermal reduction, vapor–phase reaction, plasma processes, sol–gel techniques, and chemical techniques (including precipitation, hydrothermal process, emulsion process, laser synthesis, and self–propagating high–temperature synthesis [SHS]). Nanosized powders have been treated in a separate chapter since many nanosized powder synthesis technologies are common to different ceramic powders.
The qualitative and quantitative judgments embodied in this report are a valuable contribution to the current knowledge of advanced and nanosized ceramic powders, their processing techniques, applications, and markets. They should be useful to companies that are facing decisions about their strategies for expansion or entering new areas of business.
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
The findings of this report are based on information derived from interviews with many producers and potential producers of advanced ceramic powders and nanosized ceramic powders, industry experts, and those conducting research and development. In addition, many end users were contacted to evaluate the current and future demand for these materials. Secondary data were obtained from trade publications, technical journals, government statistics, and BCC databases.
With 2010 as a baseline, projections for each market segment were developed for 2011 through 2016. The projections are based on a combination of a consensus among the primary contacts combined with BCC’s understanding of the key market drivers and their impact from a historical and analytical perspective.
Unless otherwise noted, all dollar projections presented in this report are in 2010 constant dollars.
This report is an update of an earlier report prepared by Dr. Thomas Abraham. Dr. Abraham was formerly Vice President, and Director of the Advanced Materials Group of BCC. Dr. Abraham has extensive experience in the field of advanced materials, including advanced ceramics, synthetic diamonds and diamond films, magnetic materials, high performance coatings, and superconductors.
The analyst responsible for updating the report is Andrew McWilliams, a partner in the Boston–based international technology and marketing consulting firm, 43rd Parallel LLC. Mr. McWilliams is the author of numerous other BCC studies, including those in ceramic–related fields such as NAN031D Nanotechnology: A Realistic Market Assessment; AVM015E High–performance Ceramic Coatings: Markets and Technologies; AVM025G Diamond, Diamond–like and CBN Films and Coating Products; AVM066B: Superconductors: Technologies and Global Markets; NAN021D Nanocomposites, Nanoparticles, Nanoclays, and Nanotubes; and NAN040A Nanomaterials Markets by Type.
The total U.S. market for advanced ceramic powders in 2006 is estimated to be 1.26 billion pounds and worth $2.2 billion. This is projected to increase to 1.57 billion pounds, worth $3.4 billion by the year 2011, an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 8.9% for value.
In 2006, advanced ceramic powders account for 97.3% of the market in volume terms and 90.5% in value terms. Over the next five years, advanced ceramic powders' volume share is expected to decline slightly to 96.6%, while their value share will drop to 82.3%.
In the last 20 years, U.S. researchers have been working to develop technologies for the production of ultrapure and nanosized ceramic powders. Commercial availability of cheap nanosized ceramic powders and perfecting the processing technology would have major implications for the future growth of the advanced ceramics industry and related applications in the 21st century.
The total U.S. market for advanced ceramic powders in 2002, including nanopowders, was estimated to be 918 million pounds worth $1,605 million.
This is projected to increase at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 7.3% to 1,178 million pounds worth $2,286 million by 2007.
In 2002, advanced ceramic powder still constituted 90.4% in value. However, in the next five years, the volume will drop to 89.5% with increased use of nanoceramic powders.
Among the advanced ceramic powders, oxide constituted 97.9% in value in 2002, and essentially will hold through 2007.
For 2002, BCC estimates that the total consumption of nanosize ceramic powders was about $154 million, and is expected to grow at an AAGR of 9.3% to $241 million by 2007.