The global market for Grinding Machines is projected to exceed US$5.9 billion by 2024, driven by the growing demand for new and efficient grinding solutions in major end-use sectors, and steady improvement in aerospace, automotive and electronic equipment manufacturing. Demanding applications and the need for manufacturers to meet specified engineering tolerances and achieve finer product finishes are driving demand for new generation grinding machines with intelligent control and user interfaces. Shortage of skilled machine operators is encouraging sales of automated grinding machines with pre-programed processes. Other major factors influencing growth in the market include growing demand for precision parts and components in automotive, aerospace and medical devices and the ensuing demand for intelligent grinding machines; mass manufacturing in Asia and the resulting demand for CNC based centerless grinding machines; higher consumer consumption of white goods and growing appetite for electronics and the resulting demand for die grinders in electronics and electric appliance manufacturing; robust demand for machines with enhanced metrology and improved human-machine interfaces; and establishment of new machining centers in developing markets. With cumulative global aircraft demand poised to reach 41,175 units for the 2016-2039 period, of special note is the aerospace end-use sector. Investments in grinding solutions in this sector will benefit from the need to upgrade production capabilities against the backdrop of increased use of composites and electrification of aircraft components and sub-assemblies; rising popularity of creep-feed grinding for its high material removal rate for hard-to-machine alloys typically used in aircraft manufacturing; and innovations in grinding solutions suitable for High-Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) coated materials. Asia-Pacific represents the largest and the fastest growing market worldwide with a CAGR of 6.3% over the analysis period led by factors such as continuously expanding manufacturing base as a result of shifting production activities to low cost Asian countries; rapid industrialization; urgent need to replace obsolete machines; growing pressure on export oriented regional economies to match global competitiveness in terms of enhanced productivity and the ensuing rise in investments in smart manufacturing technologies.  

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Company and Industry News & Stories
  • Fives Join Forces with Simsa to Create Fives Grinding Mexico and Boost its Local Presence
  • CCA Hardchrome Purchases Churchill Cylindrical Grinding Machine in a Move to Increase Throughput at its Kings Park Chrome Plating Facility
  • Körber Group Sells the United Grinding Group in a Move to Strengthen its Position in the Core Business
  • Precision Technologies Purchases Höfler Viper 500K CNC Gear Grinder in a Move to Gain Additional Capacity for Producing the Most Complex Gear Geometries to the Highest Standards
  • Privet Fund Management Acquires Hardinge, a Leading Global Provider of Advanced Metal-Cutting Machine Tool Solutions and Accessories

Outlook in Key Market Segments
  • Through 2024, Surface Grinding Machines will remain the largest market, followed by Cylindrical Grinding Machines.
  • Center-less Grinding Machines are projected to witness the fastest growth driven by strong demand from the engineering, automotive and aerospace sectors.

Product Definition & Scope
  • “Grinding Machines” represents machinery for grinding/cutting workpieces using an abrasive wheel. A grinding machine comprises grinding wheel that is power driven and rotates at a specified speed. A fixture guides and holds the workpiece on a bed. During the grinding process, either a grind head is controlled to move across a workpiece which is fixed or a workpiece travels across a fixed grinding head. A calibrated Vernier hand-wheel or CNC/NC feature enables fine control of the table and grind-head positions. Applications of grinding machines include roughing as well as finishing flat, conical and cylindrical surfaces; sharpening and forming cutting tools; finishing internal bores or cylinders; removing or snagging rough projections taken from stampings and castings as well as polishing, buffing and cleaning surfaces.

Timeline for Analysis
  • Market Estimates and Forecasts for 2016-2024
  • Historic Review 2011-2015

Geographic Markets Analyzed
  • US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East & Africa and Latin America (Brazil and Rest of Latin America

Market Segmentation & Classification
  • Product Segments:
    • Surface Grinding Machines, Cylindrical Grinding Machines, Center-less Grinding Machines, and Others
  • End-Use Sectors:
    • Job Shops, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Heavy Industries, and Others

Major Players
  • ANCA Pty. Ltd.
  • Fives Group
  • Gleason Corporation
  • Hardinge, Inc.
  • HTC Sweden AB
  • Junker Group
  • Okuma Corporation
  • UNITED GRINDING Group Management AG

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