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Metal finishing equipment industry growth
spurred by global market expansion
The new report “Global Markets and Technologies for Inorganic Metal Finishing Processes (MFG019D)” from BCC Research reveals that increased globalization of businesses
and markets for metal finishing equipment will determine
the direction of the industry’s growth.
The global market for equipment, consumables, and
Albina Co. adds induction
spares for inorganic metal finishing processes is expected
to reach $73.6 billion and $105 billion in 2016 and 2021, re-
spectively, reflecting a five-year (2016-2021) compound an-
nual growth rate (CAGR) of 7. 4 percent. During the forecast
period, the consumables and spares segment will register
the highest CAGR at 10. 4 percent. Inorganic metal finishing
processes, the largest segment, will grow from $47.2 billion
in 2016 to $65.6 billion in the end year.
Worldwide activity in the energy production, transporta-
tion, and storage sectors is a key driver of increased sales
for major companies involved in inorganic metal finish-
ing equipment and consumable manufacturing. Major
projects related to the production
and transportation of energy, includ-
ing traditional and alternative pow-
er-generation facilities, oil and gas
drilling and pipelines, infrastructure
construction, and shipbuilding, are
underway in all areas of the world,
with a specific focus on the emerg-
ing markets of the Middle East, Rus-
sia, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and
Eastern Europe. These developments
require a substantial amount of metal
finishing and treatment, fueling wide-
spread demand for metal finishing
equipment and consumables.
Albina Co. Inc., a bender of pipe, tube,
structural steel, and plate located in
Tualatin, Ore., now offers induction
The company has used heat to bend
materials for decades, using alternatives to the actual process of induction
heating. Now it is applying an induction heat source to its recently upgraded hot increment bending process.
The new heating source and bending process expands the types of materials and radii that the company can
bend. It also allows the firm to meet
the induction-only heating requirements that certain projects specify.
A3 white paper links increasing
robotics shipments to U.S.
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Ann Arbor, Mich., has
published a white paper entitled
“Robots Fuel the Next Wave of U.S.
Productivity and Job Growth” in
which data from the Bureau of Labor
Statistics and a variety of manufacturing firms document how and why
increasing the use of robots is associated with increased employment.
Key statistics from the white paper
show that during the nonrecession-ary periods of 1996-2000, 2002-2007,
and 2010-2014, general employment
and robot shipments both increased.
Since 2010 the robotics industry in
the U.S. has grown substantially. Even
during this period of record-break-ing robot sales, U.S. employment
increased. This new data is in stark
contrast to media coverage and a perception that increasing use of robots
causes higher rates of unemployment
in the U.S.