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Global indexable inserts market size is estimated to be valued at US$ 6.4 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach US$ 9.27 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4% from 2024 to 2031.

The indexable inserts market is a crucial and dynamic sector within the manufacturing industry, playing a pivotal role in modern machining processes. Indexable inserts are replaceable cutting tools that are used in various machining operations, such as turning, milling, drilling, and threading. These inserts are characterized by their ability to be rotated or flipped, thereby allowing for multiple cutting edges to be utilized before replacement. This design feature enhances efficiency, reduces downtime, and promotes cost-effectiveness in machining operations, thus making indexable inserts a preferred choice in high-volume production environments.

The market for indexable inserts is driven by factors such as the growing demand for precision machining across industries like automotive, aerospace, and general manufacturing. These inserts offer improved tool life, consistency in performance, and the flexibility to adapt to diverse machining requirements. Technological advancements have also led to the development of specialized coatings and materials, enhancing insert durability and wear resistance.

Global Indexable Inserts Market Regional Insights

  • North America: North America is the largest market for indexable inserts, accounting for a market share of over 30% in 2023. North America is a prominent market for indexable inserts, driven by its robust manufacturing sector and advanced machining technologies. The region's emphasis on high-precision manufacturing, particularly in the aerospace and automotive industries, fuels the demand for efficient cutting tools like indexable inserts. The presence of key players, research and development (R&D) facilities, and collaborations between manufacturers and technology providers contribute to the market's growth in this region.
  • Europe: Europe is the second-largest market for indexable inserts, accounting for a market share of over 25% in 2023. Europe's well-established industrial base and strong manufacturing heritage make it a significant market for indexable inserts. The region's focus on quality and precision engineering in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, and medical devices drives the adoption of advanced cutting solutions. The emphasis on sustainable manufacturing practices also leads to the adoption of efficient tooling solutions like indexable inserts, which contribute to reduced waste and energy consumption.
  • Asia Pacific: Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing market for indexable inserts, accounting for a market share of over 20% in 2023. Asia Pacific is the third largest market for indexable inserts, with a share of over 20% in 2022. The Asia Pacific region is witnessing rapid industrialization and manufacturing expansion, making it a vibrant market for indexable inserts. Countries like China, Japan, South Korea, and India are significant players in the manufacturing sector. The demand for consumer goods, electronics, and automotive components drives the need for efficient machining processes. As a result, the indexable inserts market in this region is expected to experience substantial growth, with manufacturers seeking tools that provide consistent performance and improved productivity.

Figure 1. Global Indexable Inserts Market Share (%), By Region, 2024


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Analyst viewpoint:

Global indexable inserts market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period driven by increasing industrial automation across various sectors. Manufacturers are increasingly adopting computer numerical control machines due to their precision and productivity benefits which is expected to propel the demand for indexable inserts. Another key factor driving the market is the growing metal fabrication industry. However, availability of substitutes such as solid carbide tools and ceramic inserts may hamper the market growth to some extent.

The metal fabricating industry in developing regions of Asia Pacific is flourishing due  to growing industrialization which makes the region highly lucrative for indexable inserts market. Within the region, China dominates the market followed by Japan. North America is expected to grow at a steady pace mainly due to well-established automotive and aerospace industries. In Europe, Germany holds a majority share driven by strong presence of machine tool industry in the country.

Meanwhile, manufacturers are focusing on developing superior quality indexable inserts with innovative coatings to deliver enhanced tool life and productivity. They are also investing in R&D to reduce manufacturing costs and improve competitiveness. Adoption of 3D printing technology provides an opportunity to customize indexable inserts as per specific application requirements of end use industries. In summary, demand from industrial automation and metal fabrication industries will continue driving the global indexable inserts market over the long term.

Global Indexable Inserts Market Drivers:

  • Enhanced machining efficiency: Indexable inserts offer multiple cutting edges that can be rotated or replaced without the need for complete tool changeovers. This feature significantly reduces machine downtime, thereby allowing for continuous and efficient machining operations. Manufacturers seek such efficiency gains to optimize production cycles and improve overall productivity. In 2021, According to data from the International Air Transport Association, aeroplane manufacturers delivered over 800 new commercial planes, rebounding from the pandemic lows. With lightweight aluminium alloys being the primary material of choice for planemaking globally, there is massive demand for specially formulated indexable inserts According to the European Aluminum Association, demand for aluminum is predicted to grow 50% by 2024 due to its increased use in transportation manufacturing. As aluminum requires more sophisticated tools than traditional metals, indexable inserts that can efficiently machine tough alloys will be critical to supporting this material demand. If projections hold true, greater aluminum usage will spur further indexable insert implementation that continues the market's positive trajectory.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Indexable inserts provide a cost-effective solution for high-volume production environments. Their replaceable nature reduces the need for frequent tool changes, thus lowering operational costs and enhancing the overall cost-effectiveness of machining processes. In 2019, According to statistics from OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles), global automobile production crossed 65 million units. With rising vehicle outputs, automakers rely heavily on indexable inserts to achieve the necessary precision and productivity levels on their assembly lines. Their cost effectiveness helps automotive part producers maximize cost savings per component. The U.N. Industrial Development Organization forecasts global manufacturing value addition to grow at an average annual rate of 3.9% between 2020-2030.This growing outputs will drive up demand for cost-cutting technologies like indexable inserts from metalworking industries worldwide. With their cost-effectiveness established, indexable inserts are projected to gain wider acceptance and push the growth of the global market.
  • Precision machining: Industries like aerospace, automotive, and medical devices demand high-precision components. Indexable inserts which is known for their consistent performance and accurate machining results, align with these industries' requirements for tight tolerances and quality outcomes. According to statistics provided by the International Air Transport Association, the global commercial aircraft fleet is projected to double over the next 20 years which will expand the requirement for indexable tooling from aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs) and parts suppliers. Similarly, the automotive industry's shift towards electric vehicles and autonomous driving will spur demand for sophisticated milling of new components. All these trends are anticipated to drive significant and sustained growth in the global indexable inserts market during the forecast period from 2020 to 2023, estimated to be around 5-7% CAGR annually. in 2021 According to the International Energy Agency, electric car stock across major global markets increased by 43% ,alone compared to 2020 levels.The machining of sophisticated auto parts is crucial to the manufacturing of electric vehicles, spurring further purchase of indexable inserts.
  • Advancements in cutting materials and coatings: Ongoing research and development efforts have led to the creation of cutting-edge materials and coatings for indexable inserts. These innovations enhance wear resistance, tool life, and thermal stability, thus making inserts suitable for various materials and machining conditions. According to the UNIDO report, in 2019, the annual global machining market grew by over 3% from 2017 to 2019 driven by growth in manufacturing output across major economies like U.S., China, Germany, and others. Countries are investing in advanced manufacturing to gain competitiveness. For example, the Chinese government's "Made in China 2025" policy aims to enhance automation, Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machining capabilities and reduce reliance on imports. This creates huge demand for technologically advanced indexable inserts with longer life, accuracy and sustainability.

Global Indexable Inserts Market Opportunities:

  • Innovative material and coating development: Continued research into cutting-edge materials and coatings presents an opportunity to enhance the performance and durability of indexable inserts. Developing materials that excel in wear resistance, heat dissipation, and toughness can lead to longer tool life and improved machining outcomes across a wider range of materials. For instance in 2022 According to Science direct Research Published , nanocomposite and alloyed coatings containing titanium, aluminum and carbon are 2-3 times harder than conventional Titanium Nitride(TiN) or Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN) They have higher resistance to crack propagation, thus drastically improving tool life. The automotive industry adopted these advanced coated inserts which helped machinists achieve greater fuel efficiency through lightweight vehicle components. Widespread industrialization in developing countries and recovering global economy post-pandemic will surely augment the demand for innovative indexable inserts.
  • Customization for specific applications: The ability to tailor indexable inserts for specific machining applications, materials, and geometries offers a significant opportunity. Manufacturers can develop specialized inserts that optimize performance in niche industries such as aerospace, medical devices, and energy production. In 2022, according to the World Economic Forum report on "Readiness for the future of production”, Germany ranked highest in the world when it comes to readiness for Industry 4.0 technologies and applications like custom manufacturing. The International Federation of Robotics reported Germany and Japan invested heavily in flexible automation technologies between 2020-2021. This point to increased demand for customized indexable inserts to support such customized, flexible manufacturing applications globally going forward.
  • Advanced geometries and chip control: Designing indexable inserts with innovative cutting geometries and chip control features can lead to better chip evacuation, reduced tool wear, and improved surface finishes. Developing inserts that excel in high-speed machining and challenging materials can significantly boost efficiency. For instance,in 2023, YG2025 is offered with optimized chip breakers for enhanced chip control and machining efficiency this specialized chip breakers and optimized clearances in multi-tooth indexable inserts aid precise micromachining of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and integrated circuits. The International Energy Agency predicts global consumption of electronics to grow annually by 2% till 2025 primarily due to higher demand from developing economies. This exerts pressure on electronic manufacturers to produce more complex products at faster rates, thus boosting requirements for automated machining with controlled chip evacuation.
  • Integration with industry 4.0 technologies: Integration of indexable inserts with smart machining systems and data analytics presents an opportunity to monitor tool wear, predict maintenance needs, and optimize cutting parameters in real time. This can lead to more informed decision-making and improved overall machining processes. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), digital transformation of manufacturing Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can lead to productivity increases of 15-35%. Smart connected solutions like sensor-enabled indexable inserts are playing a major role in this transformation. As global manufacturing output continues transitioning towards Industry 4.0 practices, real-time process optimization through digital tools will be crucial for remaining competitive. This scenario will surely drive major growth opportunities for indexable insert manufacturers offering integrated smart systems.

Indexable Inserts Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 6.4 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 – 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 5.4% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 9.27 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Insert Type: Turning Inserts, Milling Inserts, Drilling Inserts, Threading Inserts, Grooving and Parting Inserts
  • By Material Type: Carbide Inserts, Cermet Inserts, CBN (Cubic Boron Nitride) Inserts, and PCD (Polycrystalline Diamond) Inserts
  • By Coating Type: Titanium Nitride (TiN) Coating, Titanium Carbo Nitride (TiCN) Coating, Titanium Aluminum Nitride (TiAlN) Coating, Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN) Coating, Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Coating, Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Coating.
  • By Workpiece Material: Steel, Stainless Steel, Cast Iron, Aluminum, Exotic Alloys, and Non-Ferrous Metals
  • By Cutting Operation: Rough Machining, Finishing Machining, High-Speed Machining, and Hard Material Machining
  • By Geometry Type: Positive Rake Inserts and Negative Rake Inserts
  • By Insert Shape: Round Inserts, Square Inserts, Triangle Inserts, Rhombic Inserts, and Octagonal Inserts
  • By Application Industry: Aerospace, Automotive, Medical Devices, Electronics, Energy, General Manufacturing, and Heavy Machinery
  • By Sales Channel: Direct Sales and Distributors
  • By End User: Large Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Companies covered:

Sandvik Coromant, Kennametal Inc., Iscar Ltd., Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Seco Tools, Walter AG, Kyocera Corporation, Tungaloy Corporation, Sumitomo Electric Industries,  Ltd., Ceratizit Group, Ingersoll Cutting Tool Company, TaeguTec Ltd., Valenite LLC (Kennametal), Lamina Technologies, and Vargus Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Enhanced machining efficiency
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Precision machining
  • Advancements in cutting materials and coatings
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Initial investment Costs
  • Complexity of selection
  • Training and skill gap

Global Indexable Inserts Market Trends:

  • Advanced coatings and materials: Ongoing research and development efforts are focused on creating cutting-edge coatings and materials that enhance the wear resistance and performance of indexable inserts. Innovations in nanotechnology and surface engineering are resulting in coatings that improve tool life, reduce friction, and enhance heat resistance, thereby extending machining tool capabilities. Coatings such as titanium aluminum nitride (TiAlN), titanium chromium carbonitride (TiCrCN), and aluminum titanium nitride (AlTiN) are being extensively utilized to provide indexable inserts with properties like hardness, heat resistance, wear resistance and corrosion protection. These advanced coating technologies allow indexable inserts to machine tougher alloys and materials at high speeds while maintaining dimensional accuracy and reducing tool wear. According to a survey conducted by the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW), in 2021, the intake of new machine tool orders by German manufacturers grew by 22% year-on-year due to increasing adoption of advanced coating solutions in manufacturing industries like automotive, aerospace, and Rising consumption of highly coated indexable inserts by precision manufacturers is having a significant positive influence on the increasing demand and revenue growth of the global indexable inserts market.
  • Digitalization and industry 4.0 integration: Integration of indexable inserts into digitally controlled and monitored machining processes is gaining momentum. With sensors, data analytics, and machine learning, manufacturers can optimize tool usage, predict maintenance needs, and achieve higher efficiency and precision in machining operations. According to Prima Power in 2022, a Finland based machine builder, customers leveraging their digital monitoring solutions experienced up to 30% higher machine utilization through automatic tool breakdown detection and optimized replacement. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy (2021) found that predictive maintenance in milling applications helped reduce unscheduled downtime by over 20% and double tool life at several manufacturers. Data from individual companies also points towards energy savings, higher throughput, reduced manufacturing costs, and greater precision with digitally-optimized tool performance enabled by industry 4.0 technologies. These trends strongly indicate higher demand for indexable inserts that can operate effectively alongside sensors and data analytics for smart machining.
  • Customization for niche applications: The trend towards niche manufacturing industries is driving the demand for specialized indexable inserts tailored to specific applications. Industries such as medical devices, aerospace, and electronics require inserts that are designed for intricate and precise machining processes. According to data provided by the European Commission, expenditure on research and innovation by European cutting tool manufacturers grew by over 15% from 2018 to 2021. A significant portion of this R&D investment has been channeled into developing highly customized indexable insert solutions for specialized sectors ranging from medical devices to energy equipment manufacturing. The deepening focus on co-creation with end use industries is allowing indexable insert brands to better understand application nuances and roll out innovative, tailored solutions to accelerate machining productivity. This rising practice of customization for niche segments is expected to open up new market opportunities and drive future growth of the global indexable inserts industry.
  • Sustainability and green machining: Eco-friendly machining practices are becoming a priority for many industries. Indexable inserts that promote sustainable machining by reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste, and extending tool life align with these environmental goals. For instance, Volkswagen is a German automobile manufacturer has committed to reducing supply chain emissions 25% by 2025 as part of the automaker's larger carbon neutrality pledge. With sustainable inserts helping lower the carbon footprint of machining processes, their manufacturers can more easily satisfy customer demand and qualify for lucrative contracts with sustainability-driven brands. While the sustainable insert market remains nascent, expanding activity in climate policy and corporate environmental initiatives have opened a sizable growth avenue. By leveraging data on energy savings and waste reductions, insert makers aligned with broader sustainability goals stand to gain market share as green machining practices become best practice worldwide.

Global Indexable Inserts Market Restraints:

  • Initial investment costs: While indexable inserts offer long-term cost savings, the upfront investment that are required for high-quality inserts, as well as toolholders and associated equipment, can be a barrier for some manufacturers, especially smaller businesses with limited budgets. By saving on tool replacement costs and offering improved productivity through quick changeovers and longer tool life, indexable inserts can ultimately lead to significant Suppliers can offer financing options, small-scale entry packages or discounts for bulk purchases that can help mitigate the initial investment hurdle. Lastly, promoting the versatility and diverse applications of indexable inserts can showcase their value across a range of machining tasks, further justifying the initial expenditure for budget-conscious businesses.
  • Complexity of selection: Choosing the right indexable insert for a specific machining operation can be complex due to the wide range of materials, coatings, geometries, and cutting conditions available. This complexity can lead to suboptimal tool choices, thus affecting machining efficiency and tool life. Manufacturers must navigate a complex array of options to select the right insert for specific cutting conditions, thereby balancing performance with cost-effectiveness. Advanced materials and coatings continue to evolve, presenting new opportunities and challenges for market growth. Finally, the need for precision in applications across industries such as automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing fuels the continuous innovation and expansion of the indexable inserts market.
  • Training and skill gap: Effectively utilizing indexable inserts requires skilled operators who understand the nuances of tool selection, insert replacement, and machining parameters. The shortage of skilled operators can hinder the proper implementation of these tools, thus affecting machining quality. Proper utilization of indexable inserts depends crucially on selecting the right tool, timely insert replacement, and accurate machining parameters. A deficit in such skilled labor could compromise machining quality, potentially affecting market growth. Consequently, this could place an emphasis on training and education as critical components for market expansion.
  • Counterbalance: Proper training should be given by the market players to operators to help them in utilizing indexable insets effectively

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In March 2023, Iscar is an Israeli multinational metal cutting tools company, launched a new line of indexable inserts called "Iscar NEXXT". These inserts are designed for high-speed machining and offer improved chip breaking and longer tool life.
  • In February 2023, Kennametal is an American supplier of tooling and industrial materials, launched a new line of indexable inserts called "Intelligent Inserts". These inserts are equipped with sensors that collect data on cutting conditions and send it to the machine control system. The data can be used to optimize the machining process and improve tool life.
  • In January 2023 Sandvik Coromant that supplies cutting tools and services to the metal cutting industry, launched a new line of indexable inserts called "CoroTurn® 880". These inserts are designed for high-performance milling applications and offer improved chip breaking and longer tool life.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In 2023, a Taiwan-based CB-CERATIZIT, a joint venture of the company by the same name, part of the Plansee Group specializes in the powder metallurgical production of materials, has acquired 70% of all shares of Changzhou CW Toolmaker Inc. The privately owned company based in Changzhou, China, specializes in the design, production and sales of tungsten carbide cutting tools for the electronic industry, and a variety of industries including aviation, railway, as well as mold and die industries.

Figure 2. Global Indexable Inserts Market Share (%), By Geometry Type, 2024


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Top Companies in Global Indexable Inserts Market

  • Sandvik Coromant
  • Kennametal Inc.
  • Iscar Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
  • Seco Tools
  • Walter AG
  • Kyocera Corporation
  • Tungaloy Corporation
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
  • Ceratizit Group
  • Ingersoll Cutting Tool Company
  • TaeguTec Ltd.
  • Valenite LLC (Kennametal)
  • Lamina Technologies
  • Vargus Ltd.

Definition: Indexable inserts are replaceable cutting tools that are used in machining operations such as turning, milling, drilling, and threading. These inserts feature multiple cutting edges that can be rotated or flipped, thus allowing for extended tool life and efficient machining. They are designed to be inserted into toolholders, offering a cost-effective and versatile solution for achieving precision and productivity in modern manufacturing processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Initial investment costs, complexity of selection, and training and skill gap  are the key factors hampering the growth of the indexable inserts market.

The major factors driving the growth of the global indexable inserts market are enhance machining efficiency, cost-effectiveness, precision machining  and advancements in cutting materials and coatings..

The leading insert type segment in the global indexable inserts market is turning inserts.

The major players operating in the global indexable inserts market include Sandvik Coromant, Kennametal Inc., Iscar Ltd., Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Seco Tools, Walter AG, Kyocera Corporation, Tungaloy Corporation, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Ceratizit Group, Ingersoll Cutting Tool Company, TaeguTec Ltd., Valenite LLC (Kennametal), Lamina Technologies, and Vargus Ltd.

North America leads the global indexable inserts market. 

The CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of the global indexable inserts market is 5.4%.

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