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2024

Friction Stir Welding Equipment Market

Friction Stir Welding Equipment Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Product Type, by Material and by End-Use Industry : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032

CM : Engineering, Equipment and Machinery

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Author's: | Sonia Mutreja
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Friction Stir Welding Equipment Market Outlook - 2027

Welding is a process in which two metals are joined together to form the product of required shape and size. Friction stir welding is a type of welding process wherein, the material is not melted unlike the other welding processes such as arc welding processes. Friction stir welding is used in various applications where melting of the material is not desirable as that can result in undesirable change in shape of the material. Skilled workers are required to carry out friction stir welding process.

COVID-19 scenario analysis:

  • The demand for friction stir welding equipment is expected to decrease in 2020 due to the low demand from different industries, such as manufacturing and aerospace, owing to the lockdown imposed by governments of many countries.
  • COVID-19 pandemic has shut-down the production of various products in the friction stir welding equipment industry, owing to the prolonged lockdown in major global countries. This has hampered the growth of the friction stir welding equipment market significantly from last few months, and is likely to continue in 2020.
  • COVID-19 has already affected the sales of equipment and machinery in the first quarter of 2020 and is estimated to cause a negative impact on the market growth over the year. 
  • The major demand for equipment and machinery was previously noticed from giant manufacturing countries, including the U.S., Germany, Italy, the UK, and China, which are badly affected by the spread of coronavirus, thereby halting the demand for equipment and machinery.
  • Further, potential impact of the lockdown is currently vague and financial recovery of companies is totally based on their cash reserves. Equipment and machinery companies can afford a full lockdown only for a few months, after which the players would have to modify their investment plans.
  • Equipment and machinery manufacturers must focus on protecting their workforce, operations, and supply chains to respond toward immediate crises and find new ways of working after COVID-19 infection cases start to decrease.

Top impacting factors: Market scenario analysis, trends, drivers, and impact analysis

Friction stir welding, also referred as solid state joining, is a type of welding process, which makes use of non-consumable tool so that the joining of two facing workpieces can be done without melting of the material. The friction between the workpiece material and rotating tool generates heat, owing to which the area near friction stir welding tool softens. When the friction stir welding tool moves forward, the two pieces of metal gets intermixed. Then the tool applies mechanical pressure on the softened metal. Friction stir welding process is used for joining different types of materials such as magnesium alloys, stainless steel, mild steel, titanium alloys, copper alloys, and aluminum alloys. Two different metals such as magnesium alloys to aluminum can also be joined together by using friction stir welding process.

Welding tool is the most important thing in friction stir welding process. Without proper movement of tool friction, stir welding process does not give desired results. There are some important parameters, such as plunge depth, tool tilt, tool rotation speed, tool transverse speed, and tool design, which are needed to be checked properly before starting the actual welding process. Tool design is very critical factor in friction stir welding equipment. With the help of good quality welding tool, the welding speed and quality of the weld can be improved. The material used for producing the welding tool must be tough, strong, and should be able to withstand high welding temperatures. The tool must have low thermal conductivity and good oxidation resistance so that heat loss can be minimized. One of the most widely used material for welding tool is AISI H13 steel and is considered as the perfect tool for welding aluminum alloys.

Friction stir welding is used in different applications such as automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, and robotics. The automotive industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in different countries across the globe. There is increase in demand for vehicles across the world. The friction stir welding process is widely used in the automotive industry to weld various parts of the vehicle. Therefore, this is estimated to be the key driving factor for the growth of the friction stir welding equipment market.

In addition, friction stir welding offers more advantages, low cost of operation, and less impact on the environment compared to other welding processes. Therefore, many companies are using friction stir welding process for their working and it is expected to boost the friction stir welding equipment market.

Key restraining factors for the growth of the friction stir welding equipment market

Although the actual operating cost of friction stir welding process is low, but skilled workers are required to perform the process. If the worker is not aware about the process, then the company has to invest both time and the money to train the worker. Therefore, many companies prefer other types of welding, which do not require highly skilled labor. This factor could hamper the growth of the friction stir welding equipment market.  

Key benefits of the report:

  • This study presents the analytical depiction of the friction stir welding equipment market along with current trends and future estimations to determine the imminent investment pockets.
  • The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities along with detailed analysis of the friction stir welding equipment market share.
  • The current market is quantitatively analyzed to highlight the friction stir welding equipment market growth scenario.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of buyers & suppliers in the market. 
  • The report provides a detailed analysis based on competitive intensity and how the competition will take shape in coming years. 

Friction Stir Welding Equipment Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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By Product Type
  • Fixed Friction Stir Welding
  • Adjustable Friction Stir Welding
  • Self-reacting Friction Stir Welding
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By Material
  • Aluminum
  • Magnesium
  • Copper and Copper Alloys
  • Steel and Ferrous Alloys
  • Titanium
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By End-Use Industry
  • Shipbuilding and Offshore
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
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By Region
  • North America  (US, Canada)
  • Europe  (Germany, UK, France, rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Latin America  (Brazil, Mexico, rest of LATAM)
  • the Middle East 
  • Africa 
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Key Market Players

Concurrent Technologies Corp., HFW Solutions LLC, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp., Norsk Hydro ASA, FOOKE GmbH, Gatwick Technologies Ltd., Yamazaki Mazak Corp., PaR Systems LLC, Midea Group (KUKA AG), Manufacturing Technology Inc.

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Friction Stir Welding Equipment Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032