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Permanent Magnets Market (Ferrite, NdFeB, SmCo and Alnico) for Automotive, Electronics, Energy Generation and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019

Permanent magnets are manufactured from a magnetized material that creates its own persistent magnetic field. They are either ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic. These include cobalt, nickel, iron and alloys of rare earth elements as well as naturally occurring minerals such as lodestone. Unlike temporary magnets such as electromagnets, permanent magnets do not lose their magnetic property unless they are heated above their Curie temperature. They are industrially manufactured through casting or sintering and are produced from magnetic metallic elements, composites and rare earth materials. Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB), samarium cobalt (SmCo), alnico and ferrite are some of the examples of permanent magnets used in the industry. Growth of the automotive industry due to several aspects such as technological advancement, rising population and increasing consumer demand is expected to be one of the primary factors driving the demand for permanent magnets over the next few years. Furthermore, significant growth of the wind energy generation industry owing to rapid industrialization, rising population and increase in demand for electricity is also expected to boost the permanent magnet industry. However, price volatility of rare earth materials such as dysprosium and neodymium due to ban of Chinese exports of rare earth elements in other regions is anticipated to hamper the growth of the permanent magnets market. Increasing application scope of magnets in HEVs coupled with growing demand for better performing vehicles is expected to open opportunities for the growth of the market over the next few years. 

Ferrites were the majorly consumed permanent magnets in the industry in 2012 accounting for over 80% of the global demand. These magnets have been majorly used on account of several key factors such as ease of availability, low price, significant performance properties, rapidly growing industrialization and extensively use of these materials in electronics and household appliances. NdFeB magnets are considered to have the strongest magnetic field and the demand for these magnets is expected to grow exponentially within the forecast period on account of their increasing use in various electronics, automotive and energy generation industries, and the subsequent growth of these industries. Demand for other permanent magnets such as alnico and SmCo is expected to be steady due to a substantially high demand from other magnets.

Demand for permanent magnets was highest from automotives, accounting for over 45% of the global demand in 2012. The demand for magnets in automotives has been growing rapidly over the past few years and is expected to follow a similar trend over the next few years. These materials are being used for a wide range of automotive applications such as gearbox, alternators, motors and pollution control among others. However, permanent magnets are expected to witness highest demand from energy generation sector over the next few years. Changing lifestyles and improvements in technology has led to a significant rise in electronic industry as well, leading to higher demand for permanent magnets. On account of cost effective and reliable energy with growing demand for electricity for various industrial and household purposes, the demand for clean and cheap electricity is expected to increase exponentially. Permanent magnets used in turbines, applied in wind energy generation industries has been significantly growing and is expected to follow a similar trend in the next six years.

The permanent magnets demand was highest from China in 2012 accounting for 65% of the global market, owing to growing demand from manufacturing industries such as automotives and electronics. The automotive industry is currently the largest in China and is expected to significantly grow with the favorable economic conditions and improved infrastructure facilities. Demand for permanent magnets has also been highly prevalent in Asia Pacific (excluding China), owing to the growth of wind power, automotive and electronic industries. However, demand from other regions such as North America is expected to be below average due to non-availability of rare earth elements due to ban of Chinese exports of rare earth elements. The ban significantly increased the prices of dysprosium and neodymium which hampered the rare earth magnet industries in these regions.

Companies such as Adams Magnetic Products Co., Arnold Magnetic Technologies, Dexter Magnetic Technologies, Electron Energy Corporation, Hitachi Metals Ltd., Lynas Corporation Ltd., Molycorp Inc., OM Group and Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co., Ltd. among others are certain key players present in the global permanent magnets market. In addition, the permanent magnet market is fragmented due to presence of several medium and small scale permanent magnet manufacturers on a global as well as regional level. Furthermore, certain companies have a limited product portfolio for magnets and refrain from producing all the four types of magnets.

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Permanent magnets are materials that possess the ability of retaining their magnetic properties even in the absence of an external electric field. Permanent magnets are used in a wide range of applications including household equipment, electronic and medical devices, electricity generation and automobiles among others. Permanent magnets are manufactured from a magnetized material that creates its own persistent magnetic field. They are either ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic. These include cobalt, nickel, iron and alloys of rare earth elements as well as naturally occurring minerals such as lodestone. Unlike temporary magnets such as electromagnets, permanent magnets do not lose their magnetic property unless they are heated above their Curie temperature. Permanent magnets are industrially manufactured through casting or sintering. They are also produced from magnetic metallic elements, composites and rare earth materials. Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB), samarium cobalt (SmCo), alnico and ferrite are some of the examples of permanent magnets used in the industry.

The report on permanent magnets provides a detailed analysis and forecast of the market on a global as well as regional level. On a global level, the market has been segmented on the basis of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) for a period of time ranging from 2013 to 2019. For an in-depth understanding of the market on the regional level, the demand has been forecasted based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million). The report includes drivers and restraints and their impact on the growth of the market within the forecast period. Furthermore, the report covers opportunities available for the growth of the market within the forecast period, on a global as well as regional level.

For a detailed understanding of the market, we have given a thorough analysis of the value chain. In addition, we have covered the Porter’s five forces model, which provides a detailed understanding of the intensity of competition present in the market. Furthermore, the study includes a market attractiveness analysis, where the applications are benchmarked based on market size, growth rate and general attractiveness.  

The market has been segmented based on product and applications. The segments have been analyzed and forecast based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) during 2013 to 2019. Additionally, the segments have been analyzed and forecast based on current trends at a global as well as regional level, for the given time period. Geographically, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW), and the demand has been analyzed and forecast based on current trends for a period of six years. Additionally, we have provided analysis and forecast of specific countries within each region on basis of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) for a time period from 2013 to 2019. 

Market estimates for this study have been based on volumes, with revenues being derived through regional pricing trends. The market has been analyzed based on expected demand and the market data for each segment is based on demand volumes and corresponding revenues. The prices considered for calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional suppliers, distributors and direct selling regional producers. Market data is based on current information. Forecasts have been based on expected demand from application segments.

Profiles of certain leading companies have been covered in this report along with a detailed analysis of their market share. The study profiles companies such as Adams Magnetic Products Co., Arnold Magnetic Technologies, Dexter Magnetic Technologies, Inc., Molycorp Inc., Tengam Engineering Inc. and Vacuumschmelze among others. A competitive landscape comprising of their business strategies, SWOT analysis and recent developments in the field of permanent magnets has been provided. The market has been segmented as below:

Permanent Magnets Market: Product Segment Analysis
  • NdFeB
  • SmCo
  • Alnico
  • Ferite
Permanent Magnets Market: Application Analysis
  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Energy generation
  • Others (Including laboratories, household applications, etc.)
The report provides a cross-sectional analysis of the product and application segments mentioned above with respect to the following regions:
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World


 
 
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