Global Ultra-low Alpha Metal Market: Snapshot

The global ultra-low alpha metal market is envisioned to gain a large impetus because of the rise of important applications such as military equipment, medical devices, and consumer electronic products. It is extremely important for alloys and metals to hold an ultra-low alpha grade when engaged in soldering applications. This could help to dodge any malfunctioning caused in devices due to soft errors. Ultra-low alpha metal is generally used in advanced solder bumping applications which are common features of unconventional flip chip and 3D wafer-level chip packages.

Expected to rise at a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast tenure 2017-2025, the global ultra-low alpha metal market secured a US$2.7 bn in 2017. However, by the end of 2025, it is anticipated to account for a revenue of US$4.9 bn.

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Applications Involving Zero-defect Wave Soldering Increase Demand

According to the analysts who have authored the publication, the world ultra-low alpha metal market could see a classification as per product where there could be four vital segments to study, i.e. ultra-low alpha lead-free alloys, ultra-low alpha lead alloys, ultra-low alpha tin alloys, and ultra-low alpha tin. Ultra-low alpha lead-free alloys are researched to contain a significantly low proportion of lead, i.e. 0.1% or not contain lead at all. Ultra-low alpha lead alloys are those which contain varying compositions of tin and lead. Ultra-low alpha tin alloys contain other constituent metals, viz. copper and silver apart from tin which could be present in the proportion of equal to or less than a 95.0%. Ultra-low alpha tin are tin alloys which contain tin in the proportion of a 99.0% or greater.

If the segmentation of the world ultra-low alpha metal market is concerned on the basis of end-user industry, players may want to focus on telecommunication, medical, electronics, automotive, and aviation. Vendors usually lay a high emphasis on conducting consistent checks on ultra-low alpha metals for alpha emission with a view to offer the assurance of quality to their clients. Furthermore, in order to maintain their inventory, vendors could produce large batches of ultra-low alpha metals. Consumer requirements usually determine which ultra-low alpha metal is to be used for a particular application. The demand for ultra-low alpha metal is envisioned to stay high in end-user industries which require solders boasting of a consistent quality for wave soldering with zero defect.

North America and Europe Bank on Growth of Manufacturing Sites

The international ultra-low alpha metal market is envisaged to ride on the swelling growth of developed regions such as Europe and North America. For the most part of the growth in these regions, the stringent implementation of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive could play a major role in augmenting the demand for ultra-low alpha metal. Other factors such as the strong establishment of sophisticated application industries such as telecommunication, medical, automotive, and aviation are projected to increasingly up the demand in the aforementioned regional markets. The application of ultra-low alpha metal in these end-user industries could have a significant impact on the growth of the markets.

However, North America is prognosticated to outshine Europe while relying on the availability of research and development centers, increasing number of manufacturing sites, accessibility to raw materials, and high growth potential of current players. Nonetheless, the higher revenue growth of Asia Pacific could dominate the international ultra-low alpha metal market in the coming years. The developing region is prophesied to expand at a 7.3% CAGR.

The worldwide ultra-low alpha metal market could include leading companies such as Tech Resources Limited, Honeywell International Inc., and Indium Corporation.

Global Ultra-low Alpha Metal Market: Overview

Ultra-low alpha metals possess the alpha emission rate of 0.002 cph/cm2 (the unit cph/cm2 stands for counts per hour per centimeter square) or less. Alpha emission of a material can be defined as transformation or decaying of one atom into another with mass number reduced by four and atomic number reduced by two. The rate of alpha emission determines the grade of the metal as low alpha (<0.02 cph/cm2), ultra-low alpha (<0.002 cph/cm2), or super ultra-low alpha (<0.001 cph/cm2).

Ultra-low alpha metals are segmented on the basis of product as ULA tin (tin alloys with the proportion of tin (Sn) being 99% or greater), ULA tin alloys (the proportion of tin (Sn) being less than or equal to 95% in the alloy and other constituent metals being silver (Ag) and copper (Cu)), ULA lead alloys (alloys with varying compositions of lead (Pb) and tin (Sn)) and ULA lead-free alloys (alloys that do not contain lead (Pb) at all or contain lead in a very low proportion (0.1%)).

Global Ultra-low Alpha Metal Market: Market Study

Ultra-low alpha metals are predominantly employed in soldering fabrication in the flip chip technology sector. They are also used in plating, bumping, PCBs, semiconductor packaging, and circuit boards. The requirement for these components is mainly in the industries including electronics, medical, aviation, automotive, and telecommunication.

The report estimates and forecasts the ultra-low alpha metal market on the global and regional levels. The study provides forecast between 2017 and 2025 based on volume (tons/kilograms) and revenue (US$ Mn/US$ thousand) with 2016 as the base year. The report comprises an exhaustive value chain analysis for each of the segments. It provides a comprehensive view of the market. Value chain analysis also offers detailed information about value addition at each stage. The study includes drivers and restraints for the ultra-low alpha metal market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. The study also provides key market indicators affecting the growth of the market. The report analyzes opportunities in the ultra-low alpha metal market on the global and regional level. Drivers, restraints, and opportunities mentioned in the report are justified through quantitative and qualitative data. These have been verified through primary and secondary resources. Furthermore, the report analyzes substitute analysis of ultra-low alpha metal and global average price trend analysis.

The report includes Porter’s Five Forces Model to determine the degree of competition in the ultra-low alpha metal market. The report comprises a qualitative write-up on market attractiveness analysis, wherein end-users and regions have been analyzed based on attractiveness for each region. Growth rate, market size, raw material availability, profit margin, impact strength, technology, competition, and other factors (such as environmental and legal) have been evaluated in order to derive the general attractiveness of the market. The report comprises price trend analysis for ultra-low alpha metal between 2017 and 2025.

Global Ultra-low Alpha Metal Market: Segmentation

The study provides a comprehensive view of the ultra-low alpha metal market by dividing it into product, end-user industry and geography segments. The products have been segmented into ULA tin, ULA tin alloys, ULA lead alloys and ULA lead-free alloys. The end-user industries are segmented into aviation, automotive, electronics, medical, telecommunication and others. These segments have been analyzed based on historic, present, and future trends.

Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast consumption of ultra-low alpha metal in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa (MEA). Market segmentation includes demand for consumption in all the regions individually.

Global Ultra-low Alpha Metal Market: Research Methodology

Secondary research sources that were typically referred to include, but were not limited to, company websites, financial reports, annual reports, investor presentations, broker reports, and SEC filings. Other sources such as internal and external proprietary databases, statistical databases and market reports, news articles, national government documents, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market have also been referred for the report.

In-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key opinion leaders and industry participants were conducted to compile this research report. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. Key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents were reviewed for competitive analysis and market understanding. This helped in validating and strengthening secondary research findings. Primary research further helped in developing the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.

Global Ultra-low Alpha Metal Market: Competitive Landscape

The report covers detailed competitive outlook that includes market share and profiles of key players operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Indium Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Pure Technologies, and Alpha Assembly Solutions. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, number of employees, brand overview, key competitors, business overview, business strategies, recent/key developments, acquisitions, and financial overview (wherever applicable).

The global ultra-low alpha metal market has been segmented as follows:


  • ULA tin
  • ULA tin alloys
  • ULA lead alloys
  • ULA lead-free alloys


  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Medical
  • Telecommunication
  • Others


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

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