Abrasives are used to provide shape and finishing to materials through friction. Abrasives are used in various residential, industrial, research and development, commercial or technological application processes such as cutting, grinding, lapping, sanding, sharpening, buffing, drilling, honing and polishing. Industries such as transportation, electronic equipment, machinery and metal fabrication widely use abrasives for de-burring, de-flashing, blast cleaning, peening and paint stripping.
Broadly, abrasives are divided into natural and synthetic. Natural abrasives include calcium carbonate, impure corundum, diamond dust, pumice dust, novaculite, sand, rouge and others. Synthetic abrasives
include borazon, ceramic aluminium oxide, conundrum, silicon carbide, ceramics, cubic boron nitride, ceramic iron oxide, dry ice, steel abrasive and others. Synthetic abrasives are used more than the natural abrasives due to their consistent properties, comparatively less cost and ease of availability.
By type, global abrasives market is segmented into bonded abrasives, coated abrasives, loose abrasive grains, steel abrasives, raw super abrasives and others. Coated abrasives segment dominates the overall market in terms of market share followed by bonded abrasives. Coated abrasives are generally used in the form of discs, belts and sheets across various applications like automobiles, sanitary ware, furniture, construction industry, etc. Loose abrasive grains segment is forecasted to witness strong growth in future due to the increasing demand of loose abrasive grains by abrasive product manufacturers.
Technological developments, growing overall trade and transportation, rapid urbanization, significant economic and industrial developments and increasing sales of electronic devices are the factors driving global abrasives market. In addition, rise in automobiles production and increased usage of medical devices are further boosting the global abrasives market. However, the major challenges for the abrasives industry are the volatile prices of raw materials and strict government regulations pertaining to use of silica abrasives.
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