Superconductors are materials that conduct electricity without any resistance. These possess the ability to carry electricity indefinitely without any loss of energy. Superconducting materials exhibit several physical properties such as critical magnetic field, heat capacity, critical temperature, and critical current density. These properties may vary depending upon the type of the superconducting material. However, properties such as resistivity remain independent of the material. Introduction of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines that entail superconducting materials has transformed the medical industry. Other applications in various industries such as transportation, military, electronics, and power utilities have also benefited significantly from the usage of superconducting materials. Based on their critical temperature, superconducting materials are divided into high temperature superconductors (HTS) and low temperature superconductors (LTS).
Demand for superconducting materials is anticipated to rise significantly during the forecast period due to growth of the medical industry. Superconductors have wide scope of application in MRI technology owing to technological advancements in the medical industry. This trend in technology is likely to continue further beyond the forecast period and hence the market is bright for superconducting materials. Additionally, increasing demand for highly efficient electric motors is expected to be one of the major factors driving demand for superconducting materials such as wires and magnets during the forecast period. However, the volatility in the prices of certain raw materials such as yttrium, due to various supply constraints associated with these raw materials, is likely to hamper market growth in the coming years. The rising demand for superconducting materials in magnets in several end-user applications, such as high-speed trains, cryogenics and biomagnetism, is expected to provide new opportunities for market growth.
Low temperature superconducting materials was the largest product segment in the global superconducting materials market, accounting for over 80% share in 2013. However, high temperature superconducting materials are expected to drive the market in the near future due to extensive research and development. Innovation in high temperature superconducting materials is likely to be the major area of focus in the near future. Furthermore, technological applications of high temperature superconducting materials in niche application areas are projected to increase the market share of high temperature superconducting materials in the near future.
The medical industry was the largest demand segment for superconducting materials, accounting for about 75% of revenue share in 2013. Medical applications of superconducting materials is projected to be the fastest growing application segment of superconducting materials during the forecast period. Rising demand for MRI and NMR spectroscopy from the growing medical field is expected to be the major factor driving the growth of the medical applications market. Research & development, electronics and others are estimated to expand at a steady rate during the forecast period. Growth in research and development activities in the fields of particle physics and life sciences has also been driving the market for superconducting materials over the past decade.
Asia Pacific was the largest regional market for these materials due to high application of low temperature superconductors in medical imaging applications such as NMR and MRI. Large population coupled with increasing health awareness in the region has led to the growth of the low temperature superconductor market in Asia Pacific. Particle research, energy generation, transportation and other application segments are expected to boost the high temperature superconducting materials (HTS) market in North America during the forecast period. Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR of over 18% between 2014 and 2020.
Major players in the superconducting materials industry include Superconductor Technologies, Inc. (STI), American Superconductor (AMSC), evico GmbH, Hitachi, Ltd., Metal Oxide Technologies, Inc., Siemens AG and Hyper Tech Research, Inc.
Superconducting materials are elements that exhibit the property of superconductivity. These materials can be classified into ceramics, organic materials, and metals that lose their resistance due to the flow of electrical current below a certain temperature known as critical temperature. Superconducting materials are further classified into low temperature materials and high temperature materials. These materials are used in various applications such as medical, research and development, electronics, transportation and energy generation.
This report provides detailed analysis and forecast of the superconducting materials market on a global and regional level from 2014 to 2020. On the global level, the market has been segmented based on revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020. For in-depth understanding of the market at the regional level, demand has been forecast in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020. The report includes drivers and restraints, and their impact on the growth of the market during the forecast period. Furthermore, the study encompasses opportunities for market growth at the global and regional level.
Inflation is not a part of pricing in this report. This report provides the market size of superconducting materials for 2013, and forecast for the next six years (from 2014 to 2020). The global market size of superconducting materials is given in terms of revenue. Market revenue has been estimated and forecast in USD million. Market numbers are estimated based on various key products and applications of superconducting materials. Market size and forecast for each segment is provided in the context of the global as well as regional markets. The market has been analyzed based on revenues. All revenues related to the superconducting materials market have been portrayed in terms of USD million. The report covers market data pertaining to superconducting materials such as magnesium diboride (MgB2), yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO), and bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide (BSSCO). We have not considered inflation to estimate forecast for our market. The report covers market data for superconducting materials in the form of wires and cables. The market numbers in the report are for superconducting materials only. Other segments such as components and subsystems have not been taken into account. The sales of superconducting materials such as wires and cables have been taken into account in this study.
We have included a thorough analysis of the value chain in order to provide detailed understanding of the market. Additionally, we have included Porter’s Five Forces model, which provides an insight into the intensity of competition in the market. Furthermore, the study comprises market attractiveness analysis, where numerous applications are benchmarked based on market size, growth rate and general attractiveness.
The market has been segmented based on various products and applications. Each segment has been analyzed and forecast based on revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020. Additionally, the segments have been analyzed and forecast based on current trends at the global and regional level during the given time period. Geographically, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Demand has been analyzed and forecast based on current trends for the period of six years.
Profiles of leading companies have been provided in the report along with detailed analysis of their market share. The study features profiles of companies such as Superconductor Technologies, Inc. (STI), American Superconductor (AMSC), evico GmbH, Hitachi, Ltd., Metal Oxide Technologies, Inc., Siemens AG and Hyper Tech Research, Inc. The market has been segmented as below:
Superconducting Materials Market - Product Segment Analysis
- Low temperature superconducting materials (LTS)
- High temperature superconducting materials (HTS)
Superconducting Materials Market - Application Analysis
- Research and development
- Others (Including transportation, energy generation, etc.)
Superconducting Materials Market - Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (RoW)