Non-ferrous metal powders market has broad prospects

Published: 02nd February 2012
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As the continuous developments of world economy, science and technology, some new technologies and new materials are widely used in the production and life. Non-ferrous metallurgy powder materials such as nickel powder, copper powder, cobalt powder and alloy powder are also widely used in household appliances, motorcycles, carbide, diamond tools, automotive and many other industries fields. Its market demand increases and has a broader prospect in new high-tech industries.
The demand for non-ferrous metal powders increases. At present, car, motorcycle, household appliances, agricultural machinery, sewing machines and office automation applications such as powder metallurgy industry, machinery parts and an increasingly wide range of areas. In industrialized countries, the main use of powder metallurgy parts in the automotive industry. And North America as the world's largest amount of powder metallurgy parts, the fastest growing technology areas, powder metallurgy parts in up to 70% for the automotive industry, automobile industry in Japan for up to 84%, about 80% in Western Europe. View from the current level of technology, powder metallurgy parts per vehicle using the number was increasing trend. Thus the metal powder materials market development is very promising.
Nickel market prospects: the special properties of nickel powder are mainly used in battery materials and metallurgy. With solar energy, wind power and the popularity of electric vehicles, the increasing demand for rechargeable batteries, NIMH batteries worldwide annual demand growth of 20%. On the one hand as nickel powder, especially ultra-fine nickel powder with its unique physical and chemical properties, is widely used in the catalyst industry, currently used nickel catalyst industry is 5000 tons. On the other hand, ultrafine nickel powder can also be used in electronic products, in recent years, multilayer ceramic capacitors on the strong demand for ultra-fine nickel powder. The atomic energy industry, electrical alloys, high temperature and high-strength alloy electrolytic nickel powder in areas such as the annual consumption is also increasing in other parts of powder metallurgy have become an indispensable metal additives.
From the Chinese market outlook, thin-walled construction with diamond drill bits, cutting film, oil and gas mining diamond drill bits, carbide drill bit matrix bonding material they use nickel powder; metal processing, automobile, motorcycle mechanical grinding and processing of instruments they use diamond abrasives, the matrix material are also mostly using nickel powder; electrical contact alloys are also used nickel powder; powder metallurgy machine parts, such as automobiles, motorcycles, agricultural machinery, office automation equipment , household appliances and other parts, most of its nickel-iron-based powder, add parts; nickel-based powder materials in the basic materials used in batteries. With the battery industry, the diamond tool industry, electrical industry, alloys, powder metallurgy industry, the rapid development of mechanical parts, nickel powder, the momentum of rapid development demand. From the foreign market outlook, according to the international nickel market in recent years, data show that consumption of nickel-based powder of approximately 13 to 15 tons / year, accounting for almost the average world nickel consumption 17%. Its price has been stable at 12,000 to $ 13,000 per ton. The international market demand for nickel powder is very impressive.
Cobalt market prospects: China carbide, diamond tools production accounts for first in the world, the consumption of cobalt is relatively large, about 2,000 tons. International and domestic battery industry in recent years due the rapid development of a sharp increase in the amount of cobalt powder. From the Chinese market demand, the use of cobalt salts and cobalt metal production of cobalt powder, there are 10 enterprises, the total capacity of 1850 tons / year as the world's major consumer of cobalt, cobalt consumption accounts for about 10% of the total. In the battery industry, the battery industry since 2002, demand for cobalt powder has more than cemented carbide industry, China's largest consumer of cobalt industry. Market demand from abroad, since the 1990s, the world's consumption of cobalt has been on the rise, the average annual increase of 2.6%. Based on the data reported in the next few years about the world's consumption of cobalt powder increased 8,000 to 10,000 tons, consumption rose sharply.
Copper market prospects: Copper is second importance only after the iron powder materials, powder metallurgy products for copper and its alloys have good electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance, surface finish and non- magnetic, etc., are widely used in friction materials, oil bearings, electrical contact materials, conductive materials, diamond products, filters and other mechanical parts in the automotive, appliance, electronics, communications and other fields are widely used. Which electrolytic copper powder (FCU) with its excellent physical properties and chemical purity to be used more diamond tools, powder metallurgy, friction materials, carbon products, electrical alloys, metal coatings and pigments and electronic paste, conductive rubber and other products. Copper consumption in recent years, more than 10% per year rate increase. The automobile industry, for example, copper consumption has more than million tons, if you take into account the electronic, electrical and other industries, the potential market is much wider.
From the outlook of Chinese market, copper powder is widely used in iron base and copper base powder metallurgy parts. Among them, the largest consumption amount belongs to copper powder metallurgy parts. In the diamond tool industry, because of the increasing competition in the diamond tool in recent years, the matrix material always chooses cheap iron base, copper and bronze base, especially for the export tools and tools for home interior decoration. In addition, electric carbon and metal pigments in paint industry, rubber and copper conductive paste, the copper demand is also increasing. In the demand of foreign markets, association statistics show that the demand for non-ferrous metals, copper and copper alloys worldwide is more than 10 tons each year, of which the total annual demand in North America is about 50%. Meanwhile, copper powder of other Southeast Asian countries is mainly used for materials processing. The demand has been expanded each year, but there are no copper producers in these countries. Source:

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