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•The global arc welding equipment market generated $ x billion in 2013, witnessing a year-on-year (YOY) growth of x %.
•The growth is predominantly expected to be sustained by the demand from Asia-Pacific (APAC) and South America, while economic uncertainty in Europe and slow recovery of the industrial sector in the United States are expected to result in restrained growth over the forecast period.
•While automated welding solutions have witnessed an increased demand in the developed economies, shielded metallic arc welding (SMAW) equipment still finds extensive use in emerging economies, where availability of labour force supports this trend.
•The energy sector is likely to continue to be instrumental in the growth of arc welding equipment, particularly in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
•Price continues to be a key factor influencing buyer decisions. Product selection, coupled with increasing price of raw materials such as steel, is likely to lead to competitive pricing strategies among vendors.
•The global arc welding equipment market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of x % from 2013 to 2020 to generate a revenue of $ x billion in 2020.
Arc Welding is the process of joining metals where an arc is utilised for heating. The idea behind the process is to separate the conductors connected to the positive and negative poles of an electric current, thereby producing an arc. The electric current can be either direct or alternating. The work piece and another metal in the form of a stick or wire usually act as electrodes. The concentrated heat of the arc helps to melt the metals, thus enabling them to be joined. Arc welding includes several processes, which generally differ by the way they protect the arc and the kind of materials used as the cathode.
Shielded Metallic Arc Welding (SMAW or MMA): Also known as manual metallic arc (MMA) welding, this is a process that uses current power supply, either AC or DC, with a step down transformer, rectifier, or electrical generators or alternators with typical current ranges varying from 25A to 350A, and voltage from 16V to 32V. This technique is used in the construction of steel structures, general fabrication, light manufacturing, and do-it-yourself (DIY) categories. SMAW uses manual and portable equipment and a consumable stick electrode.
Gas Metallic Arc Welding (GMAW): GMAW includes metal inert gas (MIG) and metal active gas (MAG). GMAW is a semi-automatic process with a typically constant voltage power supply in DC (most commonly used), that uses inert gas or active gas (CO2), or a mix of both as a shielding medium to protect the arc. With the current ranges varying from 60 A to 500 A, GMAW is used extensively in the automobile industry, light manufacturing, and DIY categories.
Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW or FCA): FCAW is a semi-automatic welding process, wherein the core of the wire consists of flux material and a voltage welding power supply. The flux provides the necessary protection, thereby removing the need for a separate shielding gas medium.
•Automotive and Transportation includes companies primarily involved in the manufacture of heavy and light vehicles. Companies which manufacture other forms of transport (trains and carriages, buses, trams, and trucks) and produce automotive parts and components are also included in this category. Welding equipment and consumables used by automotive repair garages are also included.
•Construction includes companies primarily involved in residential and non-residential buildings, civil engineering, repairs and maintenance, and manufacture of yellow goods. It also includes equipment and consumables used in infrastructural fabrication and steel industry.
•Energy includes end-users supplying power through either coal, oil and gas, or nuclear power plants. Besides, alternative energy sources, such as hydro, ethanol, and others are also included in this sector. Solar and wind power are also considered under the power generation sector. The sector also includes transmission and distribution.
•Shipbuilding companies included under this sector are primarily involved in shipbuilding, which involves manufacture of shipping vessels and body of the ship, ship engines and related parts, and ship maintenance, repairs, and overhaul (MRO).
•Heavy Industries are companies primarily involved in the production and fabrication of equipment and material for large-scale sectors.
•Process and Other companies are primarily involved in the manufacture of chemicals, metals and mining, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, materials handling, pulp and paper, and water and wastewater. This sector includes welding equipment used in other industries that are not covered by the previous sectors, such as appliances (white goods), chains and grills, electronics, military, and supermarket equipment including trolleys, baskets, and shelves.
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