Copper and Copper alloy powder is copper and copper alloy in crushed and granular form. The powder is prepared using various processes. One of the prominent processes involves spraying of molten copper and copper allot under very high pressure. Doing so yields fine granular powder. Using the method, copper & copper alloy powders can be obtained in 1- dimensional, 2- dimensional, and 3-dimensional form. These shapes depend on the atomizing gas used to blow the molten copper and copper alloy from a nozzle tip. Hydrometallurgy and electrolysis are some other conversion process.
Copper and copper alloy powder possesses thermal and electrical conductivity. Thus, it is widely used in the production of electronics and electrical components
The copper alloy powder containing zinc, tin, nickel, and other elements are used in the formation of structural parts. These are also deployed in manufacturing printing inks, antifouling paints, and for decorative paintings and coatings.
The copper and copper alloy powder market is bifurcated on the basis of types, applications, and preparation methods.
The copper and copper alloy market is bifurcated into chemical and physical preparation methods. The chemical method of preparation is preferred over physical method of preparation. This is due to high quality of copper powder obtained from chemical preparation method.
Coating and conductive inks account for major share of the market. Copper powder is used in high quantity for formation of inks.
The wide range of applications in metallurgy, electronic, coating and mechanical industries are the major factors driving the growth of copper powder market. In addition, its uses are anticipated in products such as detectors, displays, touch screens and others, which are also propelling the growth of this market.
The market is accelerating due to its high demand in bio chemical sector which is also used in pharmaceuticals. However, the high cost for the products and lack of knowledge towards the technology of copper powder are the major factors hampering the growth of this market.
Copper & Copper Alloy Powder Market: Overview
Copper & copper alloy powder is a fine granular and crushed copper or copper alloy powder. Several processes are used to make this powder. One of the prominent methods entails molten copper/copper alloy sprayed under very high pressure to yield a fine granular powder. Several types of copper & copper alloy powders – 1-dimensional (ultrathin rods & needles), 2-dimesional (flake & dendritic), and three dimensional (spherical & nodular) – can be manufactured depending on the type of atomizing gas used to ‘blow’ the molten copper/copper alloy from a nozzle tip. Electrolysis and hydrometallurgy is another way of producing copper & copper alloy powder. These methods produce different types of powders. Copper & copper alloy powders can be manufactured in various particle sizes, ranging from 5 microns to more than 1000 microns, and shapes. Copper powder of purity more than 99% is available commercially. Components fashioned from these powders usually tend to have electrical conductivities of 85% to 95% IACS as either pressed or sintered. In some cases, higher conductivities, up to 100% IACS, can also be achieved by further densification. High electrical conductivity translates into high thermal conductivity. Thus, copper powder metallurgy parts offer substantial benefits in the production of electronic & electrical components, where electrical or thermal conductivity is a vital characteristic.
Copper & Copper Alloy Powder Market: Drivers & Restraines
Copper & copper alloy powder is used in various applications. Copper base powders are used in applications such as abrasive wheels, fungicides, brake linings, dead & counter weights, paints, bushing, catalysts, heat sinks, bearings, brazing compounds, fuse parts, lubricants, and printed circuits. Copper & copper alloy powder is employed in various component manufacturing, wherein several powder metallurgy techniques are employed. Furthermore, the use of copper & copper alloy powder as biocide in marine paints is common. Thus, versatility of powdered copper & copper alloy is one of the major drivers of the market. The market for copper & copper alloy powder is driven by factors such as rise in demand in the electrical & electronics industry and industrial machinery manufacturing. It is also a preferred metal powder in rapid prototyping and powder metallurgy.
Copper & Copper Alloy Powder Market: Key Segments
Based on type, the copper & copper alloy powder market can be divided into 1-dimensional shape (ultrathin rods & needles), 2-dimesional shape (flake & dendritic), and three dimensional shape (spherical & nodular). Based on manufacturing process, the market can be segmented into atomization, electrolysis, hydrometallurgy, and others. In terms of end-user industry, the copper & copper alloy powder market can be classified into automotive, aerospace & defense, building & construction, chemical, electronics & semiconductors, paints & coatings, agriculture, and others.
Copper & Copper Alloy Powder Market: Regional Outlook
In terms of geography, the global copper & copper alloy powder market can be split into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the key region of the copper & copper alloy powder market. Rise in demand for the powder in several industries such as automotive, equipment manufacturing, and electrical & electronics is a key factor driving the demand for copper & copper alloy powder in Asia Pacific. Rapid development in the fields of additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy, and 3D printing across all the regions is boosting the copper & copper alloy powder market. However, the market is anticipated to expand rapidly in Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe.
Copper & Copper Alloy Powder Market: Key Players
Key players operating in the global copper & copper alloy powder market include The Metal Powder Company Limited (MEPCO), Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd, Makin Metal Powders (UK) Ltd, and American Elements.
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