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Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding Market for Automotives, Aerospace, Medical and Healthcare, Industrial Machinery, Consumer Products and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020

Metal injection molding (MIM) and ceramic injection molding (CIM) are the technologies used for manufacturing parts with superior strength, complex shapes and excellent surface finish. These technologies also provide high volume manufacturing capability. Metal and ceramic injection molding are a part of powder injection molding (PIM), which combines material flexibility of powder metallurgy and design flexibility of plastic molding. These manufacturing processes are used to produce net-shape metal and ceramic components through injection molding technologies. The process entails mixing of ceramic or metal powders with polymer binders to exhibit properties similar to plastics. These mixtures form feedstock, which constitutes 60% of metal or ceramic, and the remaining as the binder, in terms of volume. Then, it is molded in the machine according to industry requirements. Various types of materials are used in the molding process such as titanium alloys, soft magnetic alloys, low-alloy steels and stainless steels. Stainless steel is used widely in the MIM industry and accounts for approximately half of the production of MIM globally. Components produced by either MIM or CIM technology range from 0.002g to over 100g. Some PIM processers obtain raw materials and manufacture feedstock in their own production units, while some processors procure ready feedstock. For instance, BASF SE’s Catamold and PolyMIM products are sources of ready feedstock. Based on the type of application, metal injection molded components and ceramic injection molded components are used in a wide range of industries such as automotive, electronics, medical, industrial machinery and firearms. 

Demand for powder injection molding is increasing due to rising demand for miniaturization of complex components and high performance materials in various industries. Increasing demand for miniature components is augmenting the demand for micro injection molding in different materials such as stainless steel and silicone. These materials are used to produce medical micro parts, which are used in various medical techniques and procedures, including invasive surgery, advanced drug delivery, IV therapy and vascular therapy. Factors such as rising demand for powder injection molding components in the medical and healthcare industry is expected to boost demand for PIM components during the forecast period. Demand for PIM technology in the medical and healthcare industry is increasing for the manufacture of a variety of components. The technology has become highly prominent; the delivery and quality of metal injection molding processors is assured through several certifications such as QS 9000 and ISO 9002. Furthermore, increase in usage of firearms in the defense industry, particularly in the U.S., is likely to boost the growth of the metal injection molding industry.

Demand for metal and ceramic injection molded components was the largest from the automotives sector in 2013 and accounted for over 20% of the global market share in 2013, due to substantial investments by manufacturers due to high demand and changing lifestyles through rising disposable income of consumers. Growth in investment in the medical and healthcare industry across the globe is also expected to support the market growth for powder injection molding over the next few years. Electronics and defense are some of the other promising industry sectors where future growth is likely to boost the demand for the metal and ceramic injection molding market.

Metal and ceramic injection molding witnessed the highest demand in Asia Pacific due to the presence of several large-scale industries such as automotive and electronics, where metal injection molding plays a significant role in the economic growth. At the end of 2013, Asia Pacific accounted for over 45% of the metal and ceramic injection molding market. Other regions such as Europe and North America also use this technology, due to growth in automotive and medical industries in these regions. However, Asia Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth rate in the PIM industry in the near future, due to rising industrial activities and growth in the electronics industry in the region. 

Major players in the metal and ceramic injection molding industry include Advanced Materials Technologies Pte. Ltd., ARC Group, Epsom Atmix Corporation, Plansee Group, PSM Industries Inc., and Indo-US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd.


Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report description
1.2 Market segmentation
      1.2.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market segmentation, by end-user and region
1.3 Research scope
      1.3.1 Assumptions
1.4 Research methodology

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global demand for metal and ceramic injection molding, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      2.1.1 Global demand for metal and ceramic injection molding, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
2.2 Metal and ceramic injection molding: Market snapshot, 2013 & 2020

Chapter 3 Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding Market – Industry Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Value chain analysis
3.3 Market drivers
      3.3.1 Growing demand for PIM components from medical and healthcare industry
              3.3.1.1 Cosmetic minimally invasive surgeries in U.S. in 2011 and 2012 (Million)
      3.3.2 Growth of firearms industry augments the demand for metal injection molding products
              3.3.2.1 U.S. firearms production, 2005 – 2012, volume (Million Units)
3.4 Market restraints
      3.4.1 Limitations on finished part size and weight is likely to hamper market growth
3.5 Opportunity
      3.5.1 New applications for powder injection molding to drive the market
3.6 Porter’s Five Forces analysis
      3.6.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
      3.6.2 Bargaining power of buyers
      3.6.3 Threat of new entrants
      3.6.4 Threat of substitutes
      3.6.5 Degree of competition
3.7 Metal and ceramic injection molding: Company market share analysis, 2013
3.8 Metal and ceramic injection molding: Market attractiveness analysis, 2013

Chapter 4 Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding Market – End-User Analysis
4.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market: End-user overview
      4.1.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue share, by end-user, 2013 and 2020
      4.1.2 Automotives
              4.1.2.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in automotive industry, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      4.1.3 Aerospace
              4.1.3.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in the aerospace industry, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      4.1.4 Medical and healthcare
              4.1.4.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in medical and healthcare industry, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      4.1.5 Industrial machinery
              4.1.5.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market industrial machinery, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      4.1.6 Consumer products
              4.1.6.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market for consumer products, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      4.1.7 Others (defense, etc.)
              4.1.7.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in other end-user industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)

Chapter 5 Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding Market – Regional Analysis
5.1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market: Regional overview
      5.1.1 Metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue share, by region, 2013 and 2020
5.2 North America
      5.2.1 North America metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue, by end-user, 2013– 2020 (USD Million)
5.3 Europe
      5.3.1 Europe metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue, by end-user, 2013– 2020 (USD Million)
5.4 Asia Pacific
      5.4.1 Asia Pacific metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue, by end-user, 2013– 2020 (USD Million)
5.5 Rest of the World (RoW)
      5.5.1 RoW metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue, by end-user, 2013– 2020 (USD Million)

Chapter 6 Company Profiles
6.1 Advanced Materials Technologies Pte Ltd.
      6.1.1 Company overview
      6.1.2 Product portfolio
      6.1.3 Business strategy
      6.1.4 Recent developments
6.2 ARC Group Worldwide Inc
      6.2.1 Company overview
      6.2.2 Product portfolio
      6.2.3 Financial overview
      6.2.4 Business strategy
      6.2.5 Recent development
6.3 CMG Technologies Ltd
      6.3.1 Company overview
      6.3.2 Product portfolio
      6.3.3 Business strategy
6.4 Epson Atmix Corporation
      6.4.1 Company overview
      6.4.2 Product portfolio
      6.4.3 Business strategy
      6.4.4 Recent developments
6.5 Indo-US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd.
      6.5.1 Company overview
      6.5.2 Product portfolio
      6.5.3 Business strategy
6.6 Kinetics Climax Inc
      6.6.1 Company overview
      6.6.2 Product portfolio
      6.6.3 Business strategy
6.7 Plansee Holding AG
      6.7.1 Company overview
      6.7.2 Product portfolio
      6.7.3 Financial overview
      6.7.4 Business strategy
6.8 PSM Industries
      6.8.1 Company overview
      6.8.2 Product portfolio
      6.8.3 Business strategy
6.9 Nippon Piston Ring Co Ltd
      6.9.1 Company overview
      6.9.2 Product portfolio
      6.9.3 Financial overview
      6.9.4 Business strategy
      6.9.5 Recent development

List of Figures 

FIG. 1 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market segmentation, by end-user and region
FIG. 2 Global demand for metal and ceramic injection molding, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
FIG. 3 Metal and ceramic injection molding: Value chain analysis
FIG. 4 Cosmetic minimally invasive surgeries in U.S. from 2011 and 2012 (Million)
FIG. 5 U.S. firearms production, 2005 – 2012, volume (Million Units)
FIG. 6 Porter’s Five Forces analysis
FIG. 7 Metal and ceramic injection molding: Company market share analysis, 2013
FIG. 8 Metal and ceramic injection molding: Market attractiveness analysis, 2013
FIG. 9 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue share, by end-user, 2013 and 2020
FIG. 10 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in automotive industry, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
FIG. 11 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in aerospace industry, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
FIG. 12 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in medical and healthcare industry, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
FIG. 13 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in industrial machinery industry, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
FIG. 14 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market for consumer products, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
FIG. 15 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market in other end-user industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
FIG. 16 Global metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue share, by region, 2013 and 2020

List of Tables

TABLE 1 Metal and ceramic injection molding: Market snapshot, 2013 & 2020
TABLE 2 Drivers for metal and ceramic injection molding market: Impact analysis
TABLE 3 Restraints for metal and ceramic injection molding market: Impact analysis
TABLE 4 North America metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue, by end-user, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 5 Europe metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue, by end-user, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 6 Asia Pacific metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue, by end-user, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 7 RoW metal and ceramic injection molding market revenue, by end-user, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)


Metal and ceramic injection molding technologies are complex procedures, wherein materials such as ceramic and metals are machined with high precision and accuracy to provide the desired end-products for a specific industry. These two technologies serve as two segments of powder injection molding (PIM). Materials such as stainless steel, titanium alloys, soft magnetic alloys and low-alloy steels are used to manufacture end-components such as electronic gadgets, firearms, medical equipment and automotive components for a wide range of end-user industries. 

This report provides detailed analysis and forecast of the metal and ceramic injection molding market on a global and regional level from 2014 to 2020. On the global level, the market has been segmented based on revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020. In order to provide in-depth understanding of the market at the regional level, demand has been forecast in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020. The report includes drivers and restraints, and their impact on the growth of the market during the forecast period. Furthermore, the study encompasses opportunities for market growth at the global and regional level.

Inflation is not a part of pricing in this report. This report provides the market size of metal and ceramic injection molding market for 2013, and forecast for the next six years (from 2014 to 2020). The global market size of metal and ceramic injection molding has been provided in terms of revenue. Market revenue has been estimated and forecast in USD million. Market numbers have been estimated based on various key end-users of metal and ceramic injection molding. Market size and forecast for each segment have been provided in the context of the global as well as regional market.

The report on metal and ceramic injection molding covers market data pertaining to components machined through the powder injection molding technology. The report primarily focuses on metal injection molding. It also discusses ceramic injection molding in detail.

The report includes a thorough analysis of the value chain in order to provide detailed understanding of the market. Additionally, it comprises Porter’s Five Forces model, which provides an insight into the intensity of competition in the market. Furthermore, the study includes market attractiveness analysis, where various end-users are benchmarked based on market size, growth rate and general attractiveness. The market has been segmented based on various end-users. Each segment has been analyzed and forecast based on revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020. Additionally, the segments have been analyzed and forecast based on current trends at the global and regional level during the given time period. Geographically, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Demand has been analyzed and forecast based on current trends for the period of six years. 

We conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with numerous key industry participants and opinion leaders for the research report. Primary research represented the bulk of the research efforts coupled with an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ annual reports, product portfolio, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and better understanding of the market. Secondary research included in-depth research on current trends, technical writing, recent trades, internet sources, trade associations, statistical data from government websites and associated authorized agency websites. This proved to be the most successful, effective, and reliable approach for obtaining concise data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing opportunities and growth.

Secondary research sources that were typically referred to include, but were not limited to company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, and SEC filings. Other sources such as internal and external proprietary databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, statistical databases and market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market have also been referred for the report.

We conducted primary interviews with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. A typical research interview fulfilled functions such as providing first-hand information on market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape and outlook. This helped in validating and strengthening the secondary research findings. Primary research further developed the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.

Profiles of leading companies have been provided in the report along with detailed analysis of their market share. The study features profiles of companies such as Advanced Materials Technologies Pte. Ltd., ARC Group, Epsom Atmix Corporation, Plansee Group, PSM Industries Inc., and Indo-US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd. The market has been segmented as below:

Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding Market - Application Analysis
  • Automotives
  • Aerospace
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Industrial machinery 
  • Consumer products
  • Others (Including defense, electronics, etc.)
Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding Market - Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)