Bearings are components of a machine that are used to reduce friction between the parts and improve overall functionality and efficiency of the machine. Bearings have a number of applications, which range from cars, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, to many more. The focus of this article is on the bearings used in the maritime industry, more specifically in boats. Boat bearings are used in the construction as well as maintenance stages of boats. Boat bearings are also known as boat trailer bearings.
The maritime industry has registered significant growth in the past few years, which has driven the demand for products such as boat bearings. Rise in investment in the maritime industry is expected to boost the growth of the boat bearings market in the near future. Additionally, increase in demand for passenger vessels is likely to fuel the demand for boat bearings during the forecast period. Water intrusion causes the bearings to oxidize, which is pushing companies to find newer ways to overcome such issues. This is projected to spur the growth of the global boat bearings market in the repair and replacement sector. Furthermore, as companies are looking to expand their reach in terms of newer markets, this is likely to drive the growth of the global boat bearings market. Other drivers of the market include new product development and mergers & acquisitions and partnerships among players in the boat building market.
Industrial policy of governments, concerns regarding environmental impact, geopolitical threats, and market fluctuations are anticipated to restrain the growth of the global boat bearings market in the next few years. Moreover, threat posed by competitors and new entrants and high rate of adoption of new technologies are expected to hinder the global boat bearings market during the forecast period. Technological advancement such as automation, along with customization to suit changing business needs, is likely to be demanded by end-users. Fluctuating movements in the iron & steel industry (which is the key raw material supplier to the boat bearings market), is anticipated to affect the business of boat bearing manufacturers, according to which the manufacturers will have to modify their business plans. Dynamic decision-making is thus a challenge. Additionally, companies are striving not to make any adverse environmental impact, which is another step adopted by the players in the global boat bearings market.
The global boat bearings market can be segmented on the basis of application, end-user, type, mode of operation, and region. Applications of bearings include propeller shaft, rudder, and steering system. Boats, submarines, steamships, and others are the end-user classification of the global boat bearings market. The global boat bearings market can also be classified into rolling bearings or sliding bearings. In terms of mode of operation, the boat bearings market can be segmented into self-propelling and thrust or smooth bearings. Based on region, the global boat bearings market can be divided into North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Europe.
Key players operating in the global boat bearings market include Lewmar, Solimar Marine Equipment, reggiani nautica, Maucour-France, Segor Industries, Jefa, Scam Marine, Edson, Tides Marine, Teignbridge, Riviera SRL Genoa, and Wartsila Corporation. Manufacturers are investing heavily into research and development in order to stay ahead of the curve and offer innovative products to customers. Also, as companies are looking to expand their businesses, new product development and partnerships and mergers & acquisitions are the possible considerations of the boat bearings market. Wartsila Corporation has produced self-aligning generator bearings which offer operational benefits to the user. This demonstrates the potential of the company to innovate in its other products too.
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