Resin-bonded Carbon Market: Overview

  • Resin-bonded carbon is a material composed primarily of resin with carbon-graphite fillers that are injection molded. This allows the formation of complex geometries. Resin-bonded carbon is a combination of carbon and resin-bonded material. It is easily bulk-produced in any desired shape through the die-molding process. Resin-bonded carbon offers lower wear and chemical resistance than resin-impregnated carbon.
  • Resin-bonded material is hot pressed and does not involve the coking process. This makes it ideal for low durability applications with low wear and temperature requirements.
  • Resin-bonded carbon is produced by using carbon and graphite powders, bonded by the binder-jetting technique using chemically stable thermosetting plastic resins. Resin-bonded carbon is ideal for usage if porosity and dimensional stability at high temperatures (e.g. in casting processes) are important.
  • Low heat capacity is another beneficial property of resin-bonded carbon. This reduces the required heating and cooling cycle times compared to sand cores.

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Resin-bonded Carbon Market: Applications

  • Resin-bonded carbon is employed in a wide range of industrial applications such as bearings, seals, rotors, and vanes.  Resin-bonded carbon is the core component used in mechanical seals owing to its advantageous properties of low thermal expansion and high thermal conductivity. Resin-bonded carbon can be used in car coolant pumps or in washing machines. It can also be used in the main shaft seal of aircraft gas turbine or stern shaft of a nuclear submarine. It can be pressed into any desired shape depending on the different requirements in different applications.
  • Resin-bonded carbon is also used in the production of bearings. Carbon-based bearings are used in applications such as submersible pumps, aircraft engine fuel pumps, canned motor pumps, chain grate stokers, veneer drying ovens, and conveyors.
  • Resin-bonded carbon based gland rings are extensively used as shaft seals in fans, and water and steam turbines. Rubbing contact between shaft fins and carbon rings causes no damage.
  • Carbon vanes are used in a range of carbon materials such as carbon-graphite, metal impregnated carbon-graphite, and resin-bonded carbons to. Carbon is suitable for vanes used in rotary pumps and compressors for handling non-lubricating liquids and gases and where an oil-freed delivery is required. Demand for resin-bonded carbon is high owing to its high impact strength and low friction. It is capable of operating under extreme conditions with the minimum of wear.
  • Carbon seal faces are used in handling a wide range of materials including petrochemicals, acids, alkalis, solvents, foodstuffs, water and refrigerants. All the applications of resin-bonded carbon mentioned above and its benefits provide competitive advantages to resin-bonded carbon over its alternatives.

Key Drivers of Resin-Bonded Carbon Market

  • China, Japan, and the U.S. contribute 48% of the global manufacturing output. India and Vietnam are emerging as next manufacturing hubs. These countries are gaining market share in the manufacturing sector.
  • The manufacturing industry of India contributes 17% to the nation’s GDP. The Finance Minister of India announced a plan in 2019 to reduce the tax rate to 16% for new manufacturing plants that start production before 2023 in order to boost the industry. India’s tax rate is one of the lowest tax rates for manufacturing units across the globe. Since the announcement, foreign direct investments have been increasing for establishment of new plants. This is creating demand for more machines, tools, parts, food processing equipment, and other industrial machinery. Significant increase in demand for new machinery is estimated to boost the resin-bonded carbon market in India in the near future.

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Key Drivers of Resin-Bonded Carbon Market

  • Major manufacturing companies across the globe have halted their production temporarily due to on-going lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has created an imbalance in demand and supply of resin-bonded carbon. The temporary lockdown is estimated to negatively impact the resin-bonded carbon market for almost one year.

Key Manufacturers Operating in Resin-bonded Carbon Market

Key manufacturers operating in the global resin-bonded carbon market include:

  • Mersen 
  • SGL Group The Carbon Company
  • Toyo Tanso Co.,Ltd
  • Schunk Kohlenstofftechnik GmbH
  • Sinosteel Corporation
  • Fangda Carbon New Material Co.,Ltd

Global Resin-bonded Carbon Market: Research Scope

Global Resin-bonded Carbon Market, by Application

  • Bearings
  • Seal Rings
  • Rotors & Vanes
  • Others (including Gland Rings)

Global Resin-bonded Carbon Market, by Bulk Density

  • 1.43 Mg/m3
  • 1.63 Mg/m3
  • 1.70 Mg/m3
  • 1.77 Mg/m3

Global Resin-bonded Carbon Market, by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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