Sheet metal is a form of metal manufactured though a process that transforms the metal into flat pieces or thin sheets of metal. This type of sheet can be bent and cut into various size and shapes. It is mostly used in metalworking application. Large numbers of objects are manufactured in the automobile, aerospace, and steel industries using sheet metal every day. Extremely thin sheet is known as leaf or foil. Sheets with thickness of more than 6 mm are known as plates. Sheet metal is available in coiled strips or flat pieces. Various types of metals can be molded into sheet metal such as brass, aluminum, steel, copper, nickel, and tin. Sheet metals used for decorative purpose include platinum, gold, and silver.
The process of forming sheet metal includes various steps that mold a metal into thin sheets. These thin sheets are used in a number of applications. Steps involved in the process of manufacturing sheet metal include shearing, bending, roll bending, stretch bending, blanking, punching, spinning, deep drawing, hyroforming, and explosive forming. The steps mentioned above help provide a specific shape and structure to metals. Various types of steel metals are manufactured for specific applications. Common types of steel metals include cold rolled steel (crs), hot rolled sheets (hrs), stainless steel (cres), and aluminum. Sheet metals are used in the industrial sector, as these can be molded into various shapes. Sheet metals are used on a large scale in automobiles, aircraft, and agriculture machineries and appliances. Sheet metals are also used on a large scale in the building and construction sector.
Rising demand for sheet metals in the automobile industry is the major factor driving the global sheet metals market. Increasing demand for sheet metals in the building and construction sector is also expected to fuel demand for these metals in the market. Rising trend of interior decoration and architecture is anticipated to boost demand for sheet metals in the near future.
In terms of geography, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW) are the major segments of the global sheet metals market. Developing regions such as Asia Pacific, especially China and India, are the major markets for sheet metals due to increasing demand for these metals in the automobile industry. North America and Europe are also projected to be the major consumer of sheet metals due to growth in the building and construction industry in these regions. RoW includes Africa, Australia, and the Middle East. Demand for sheet metals is also likely to increase in the region in the near future.
Key players operating in the global sheet metals market include Associated Materials LLC, ABC Sheet Metal, A&E Manufacturing Company, ATAS International Inc, BlueScope Steel Limited, Bud Industries Inc, General Sheet Metal Works Inc, NCI Building Systems, Inc., Nucor Corporation, United States Steel Corporation, Alcoa Inc, Wise Alloys LLC, Noble Industries, Inc, Prototek, Autoline Industries Ltd, Humble Manufacturing Limited, Gupta Metal Sheets Ltd, Gajjar Industries, Dhananjay Group, Rajhans Pressings Pvt. Ltd, Nimex International, Kay Jay, Samesor, Fabrimech Engineers Pvt Ltd, Deepesh pressing, Inc, Southwark Metal Mfg. Co, PROTO-D ENGINEERING, PEPCO MANUFACTURING COMPANY, Northern Manufacturing Co., Inc, Vinman Engineering Private Ltd, Aero Tech Manufacturing Inc., Dulocos Conveyors and Moulds Pvt. Ltd., SSR Metals Private Limited., Fabrinox, and Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing Co.
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