Abrasives are hard materials used for wearing/shaping the soft surfaces of the work piece. Here, the friction between the abrasive materials when rubbed against the work piece, is used to obtain a smooth final product. Abrasives are hard and brittle and are found naturally or can be produced synthetically. Calcium carbonate (calcite), diamond dust, and emery are some naturally occurring abrasives. These abrasives are useful for processes such as polishing, grinding, sharpening, drilling, sanding, buffing, and cutting.
Properties such as hardness (harder than the surface to be rubbed), durability, flexibility, and brittleness are major factors that boost demand for abrasives during the forecast period. These properties are of utmost use in case of end-user industries such as automotive, machinery, and metal fabrication.
However, volatile prices of raw materials required for production of abrasives like silica sand and carbon is one of the major factors restraining growth of the market. Moreover, low availability of natural abrasives as compared to their synthetic substitutes and various health hazards like silicosis lung cancer and breathing problems when exposed to silica sand (a type of abrasive) are some challenges that are expected to hinder the market growth during the forecast period.
Key players operating in the global abrasives market include, Robert Bosch, 3M, Saint-Gobain, Henkel, Fujimi, Asahi Diamond Industrial, and others.
On the basis of material type, the global abrasives market is segmented into:
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On the basis of end-use industry, the global abrasives market is segmented into:
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