Growth of welding sector is majorly relied on the global steel consumption in several end-use industries such as the marine, automotive & transportation, and construction industries. In its recent report, Future Market Insights (FMI) has forecast the global welding consumables market will reach US$ 15.36 Bn in 2020, growing at a 5.7% CAGR over forecast period, 2020-2030.
Market players are inclining towards automation at diverse stages in the welding process. Technological advancements such as use of computer assisted welding techniques and welding robots are changing modern day welding landscape. These developments are expected to spur growth in the global market.
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FMI’s report on the market provides a comprehensive overview, addressing key market dynamics. Some of the takeaways from the report are as follows:
- The global welding consumable market is estimated to be valued at US$ 26.82 Bn towards 2030 end
- Europe spearheads the global market backed by rising demand from the energy sector
- East Asia has emerged as a highly attractive welding consumables market backed by rising investment in infrastructural development and presence of a strong industrial base in China, Japan, and South Korea
- Stick electrodes remain the frontrunner in the consumables category over the forecast period.
- Arc welding type will reflect lucrative growth prospects during 2020-2030.
- Construction end use segment is projected to hold maximum sway in the market.
“End users across industries are partnering with key companies to experiment and obtain product that best suits their requirements. Companies are focusing on improving product lines to cater different types of welding technologies and therefore different applications and end use industries.,” said a lead analyst at FMI.
COVID-19 Impact on Welding Consumables Market
COVID-19 pandemic has brought several sectors to a screeching halt and impacted the world economy considerably. Production activities has been reduced since the enactment of nationwide lockdown and temporary suspension of non-essentials manufacturing facilities in worst hit countries across the world.
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Some of the facilities are however now operating at about 50% of the capacity which has led to a slump in demand for welding consumables. However, as the regulations alleviates and fabrication activities gradually begin, the welding consumables market is anticipated to exhibit a steady expansion during the assessment period.
Who is winning?
Global welding consumables market is comparatively fragmented. The leading companies are accounting for about one-third of the overall market share. Rising number of regional manufacturers offering economical solutions will might intensify competition in the market. Players are investing in product innovation and merger and acquisition which is allowing them to not only expand their offerings but also to fortify their market position. Case in point
Lincoln Electric extended its flagship line of Ranger generators/welders by introducing the new Ranger 260MPX. It features a digital interface and a compact design, with carbon footprint of 20%, lower as compared to other products.
Voestalpine bought a huge stake in Selco s.r.l., a leading welding machine producer in Italy. The company is aiming to fortify its position in Europe as the takeover allows the Voestalpine to add welding machines to its product line.
Major companies identified in the global market include Colfax Corporation, Voestalpine AG, Kobe Steel Limited, Illinois Tool Works Inc, Linde Plc, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, Air Liquide S.A., Air Products and Chemicals Inc., MESSER Group GmbH, Hyundai Welding Co Ltd., EWM AG, Ador Welding Limited, WB Alloy Welding Products Limited, FSH Welding Group, GCE Group and Industrial Welding Corporation.