Advanced Ceramics and Nanoceramic Powders

  • April 2014
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  • BCC Research
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  • 157 pages

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

BCC Research estimates that the global consumption of advanced and nanoscale ceramic powders will rise from $9 billion in 2013 to $12.1 billion in 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% over the next five years.

This report provides:

An in-depth analysis of the advanced ceramics and nanoceramic powders market.
Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compounds annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018.
Identification of suppliers, major user industries, and major issues related to the production and commercialization of advanced ceramic and nanosized ceramic powders.
Examination of the technological as well as business issues related to the commercial production and use of advanced ceramic and nanoceramic powders.
Comprehensive company profiles of key players in the market.

INTRODUCTION

Advanced ceramic and nanoceramic powders generally refer to inorganic nonmetallic granular materials that are fabricated from chemical processes, as differentiated from what are termed industrial minerals. The latter group is mined directly from the earth and purified and reduced in size to particular specifications. The advanced ceramic and nanoceramic powders covered in this report are oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides that, with a few exceptions, are sold as starting materials for solid commercial articles.
The origination of advanced ceramic powders in the post-World War II era was due to two factors: (1) a need for higher purity of ceramics for dielectric applications and (2) a need for a lower and smaller-size defect population for higher-temperature performance parts. These properties were not obtainable with processed minerals and therefore necessitated starting powder production by chemical precipitation and other methods. The fact that precipitated aluminum oxide (alumina) is an intermediate via the Bayer Process in the Hall-Heroult plating of aluminum metal contributed an already existing Advanced Ceramic Powder for utilization in advanced ceramic applications.

From the initial uses of alumina powder for ceramic substrates, where reproducible electric properties were required, use of precipitated powders spread to areas such as the barium titanate family of high-dielectric-constant capacitor materials, where in order to produce the proper ceramic material, pure small-particle-size precursors of barium and titanium oxides are necessary. Structural ceramics such as silicon carbide and silicon nitride had long been identified as favorable materials in high temperature strength applications, but due to the small internal or surface defect size, which can cause fracture of these materials, more uniform chemically pure starting materials became desired than were commonly available in the mid-twentieth century.

The two critical properties of advanced ceramic powders that dominate the quality of fabricated ceramics derived from them are (1) particle size distribution and (2) chemical purity. The use of chemical precipitation or other controlled powder synthesis techniques enable the tailoring of particle size, size distribution and shape, while at the same time the purity can be established at the level of the starting chemicals utilized in the powder manufacturing. These properties are important in controlling every step of the ceramic manufacturing process including ceramic slurry rheology, particle compaction during pressing, initially formed article (green body) strength and drying behavior, microstructure development during heat treatment (sintering) and any subsequent annealing, and finally the properties of the finished part. The latter include the critical performance property(ies) of the finished part for which controlled starting powder is necessary.

The combination of the factors of reduced production costs and identification of appropriate markets has enabled nanoscale ceramic powders to find a commercial presence. Initially only obtainable in microgram quantities via vapor phase condensation techniques, more economical production methods have surfaced, including those adapted from chemical precursor methods developed for ceramic powders.

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Research published the first report on this subject, entitled Advanced Ceramic Powders, in 1994. Since then a number of new developments have occurred including the commercialization of powders using techniques previously confined to the laboratory and the introduction of nanoscale ceramic powders into the economy.
BCC Research has produced a number of updates in the interim, this being the seventh in the series. The objectives of the current update are to:
Provide an overview of the various advanced ceramic and nanosized ceramic powders and their corresponding production techniques and applications.
Identify the technological and business issues related to the commercial production and use of advanced ceramic and nanosized ceramic powders.
Determine the current size and future growth of the markets for oxide, carbide, nitride and boride ceramic powders.
Determine the current size and future growth of the markets for nanosized ceramic powders.
Identify and profile suppliers of advanced ceramic and nanosized ceramic powders.
Identify major user industries of advanced ceramic and nanosized ceramic powders.
Identify major issues related to the production and commercialization of advanced ceramic and nanosized ceramic powders.

CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE STUDY

BCC Research’s technical and economic study covers the material types, synthesis techniques, production methods, current and emerging applications, suppliers and trends in consumption of the various types of advanced ceramic and nanosized ceramic powders. Current size and future growth are estimated for the years from 2012 to 2018. The report profiles commercially significant suppliers of advanced ceramic and nanosized ceramic powders to the U.S. market.
As to the demarcation between nanoscale or nanosized ceramic powder and conventional ceramic powders, the report defines it as being in the neighborhood of 0.1 to 0.2 micrometers, or 100 to 200 nanometers (nm). This as powder from about 20 micrometers down to the submicron level have been produced for a number of years by fairly standard chemical precipitation techniques. Also, these starting powders behave in component formation and heat treatment according to conventional ceramic powder processing and sintering concepts. The nanoscale powder at 100 nm or less requires specialized precipitation and size control methods and does not behave during component formation and processing according to conventional ceramic technological understanding.

In particular, the term nanotechnology is used today to describe a wide range of new technologies and materials, not all of which are apropos to being described as nanoscale—often done by producers and marketers to attract customer or investor interest to the material product in an otherwise less than exciting product area. This report has been produced to take a realistic look at the advanced ceramic and nanoceramic powder economic sectors and to provide a road map to the technologies and applications that show the most significant commercial promise over the next five years.

SCOPE OF REPORT

For the various advanced ceramic and nanoscale powder types (oxides, carbides, nitrides, borides), the report provides an analysis of the material types in each category along with processing technologies, properties, applications, suppliers, prices and markets.
The technologies utilized in current commercial advanced ceramic powders and nanoscale powders reviewed in the report are categorized as being chemical and vapor- or gas-phase methodologies. The bulk of the technologies used in commercial production, such as the precipitation and sol-gel methods, are chemical based.
The qualitative and quantitative determinations embodied in this report are a valuable contribution to the current knowledge of advanced and nanoscale ceramic powders and their processing techniques, applications and markets. This information would be useful to companies that are facing decisions about their strategies for expansion or entering new business sectors.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES

The findings of this report are based on information derived from interviews with many producers and potential producers of advanced ceramic powders and nanosized ceramic powders, current and potential consumers of advanced ceramic powders and nanosized ceramic powders as well as industry experts and those conducting research and development. Secondary data and supporting data was obtained via governmental and global economic agencies and corporate published economic data. In addition, trade publications, technical journals and BCC Research databases were consulted.
With 2012 as a baseline, projections for each market segment were developed for 2013 through 2018. The projections are based on a combination of a consensus of key market contacts combined with BCC Research’s understanding of the key market drivers and their impact from a historical and analytical perspective.
Unless otherwise noted, all dollar projections presented in this report are in 2013 constant U.S. dollars.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

This report is directed to the various companies that are interested in the developments of this field. These include:
Companies involved in the development manufacturing, and supply of advanced materials.
Manufacturers and suppliers of advanced ceramic raw materials.
Manufacturers and suppliers of advanced ceramic powders.
Companies involved in the R&D and commercialization of nanosized ceramic powders.
Companies involved in the development and manufacture of advanced ceramic components.
Engine components manufacturers.
Cutting tool insert manufacturers.
Manufacturers of integrated circuits, piezoelectric elements, capacitors, ferrite magnets and magnetic cores, and bulk and wire superconductors.
Suppliers and users of thermal spray powders.
Manufacturers of automotive friction components.
Manufacturers of ceramic catalysts, catalyst supports and auto catalytic converters.
Manufacturers of ceramic membranes and filters.
Producers and users of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries.
Producers of magnetic recording media.
Producers of sunscreen mixtures.
Chemical companies interested in diversification.
Private equity, venture capital firms and other financial institutions engaged in preliminary evaluations or due diligence of investment opportunities in this field.

Table Of Contents

Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE STUDY
SCOPE OF REPORT
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
INTENDED AUDIENCE
ANALYST CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Table Summary : GLOBAL CONSUMPTION OF ADVANCED AND NANOSCALE CERAMIC POWDERS, THROUGH 2018
Figure Summary : GLOBAL CONSUMPTION OF ADVANCED AND NANOSIZED CERAMIC POWDERS, 2012-2018

Chapter- 3: OVERVIEW

ADVANCED CERAMIC POWDER MANUFACTURING
RandD SCALE PROCESSES
MATERIAL APPLICATIONS AND PROPERTIES
ADVANCED STRUCTURAL CERAMICS
CERAMIC COATINGS
TECHNICAL ISSUES
END-USER INDUSTRIES
OUTPUT
OVERALL WORLDWIDE MARKET FOR ADVANCED AND NANOSCALE CERAMIC POWDERS
Table 1 : COMMONLY USED ADVANCED CERAMIC MATERIAL FAMILIES

Chapter- 4: OXIDE POWDERS

SUMMARY
MATERIAL TYPES
SYNTHESIS AND POWDER PREPARATION
PROPERTIES
APPLICATIONS
SUPPLIERS
MARKETS
ALUMINA
BERYLLIA
ZIRCONIA
TITANIA AND TITANATES
FERRITES
SILICA
MIXED OXIDES
OVERALL OXIDE MARKETS

Chapter- 5: CARBIDE POWDERS

MATERIAL TYPES
SYNTHESIS AND POWDER PREPARATION
PROPERTIES
APPLICATIONS
SUPPLIERS
MARKETS

Chapter- 6: NITRIDE POWDERS

MATERIAL TYPES
SYNTHESIS AND POWDER PREPARATION
PROPERTIES
APPLICATIONS
SUPPLIERS
MARKETS

Chapter- 7: BORIDE POWDERS

MATERIAL TYPES
SYNTHESIS AND POWDER PREPARATION
PROPERTIES
APPLICATIONS
SUPPLIERS
MARKETS

Chapter- 8: NANOSCALE CERAMIC POWDERS

MATERIAL TYPES
PROPERTIES
FABRICATION OF NANOPOWDERS
APPLICATIONS
SUPPLIERS
PRODUCTS AND CHANNELS OF DISTRIBUTION
MARKET LEADERS
MARKETS

Chapter- 9: APPENDIX : PROFILES OF SELECTED COMPANIES AND INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED IN CERAMIC AND NANOCERAMIC POWDERS

ABCR GMBH and CO. KG
ACUMENTRICS CORPORATION
ADVANCED COMPOSITE MATERIALS LLC
ALMATIS GMBH
ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC.
ALTEO NA LLC
ALUCHEM INC.
ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMERICA (ALCOA)
AMSC
AREMCO PRODUCTS
ARGONIDE CORP.
BAIKOWSKI GROUP
BASF AG
BAYER AG
BLOOM ENERGY, INC.
CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
CARBO CERAMICS
CATHAY PIGMENTS
C-E MINERALS
CERADYNE, INC.
CERALOX DIVISION
CERAMATEC, INC.
CERAMTEC, INC.
CHEMAT TECHNOLOGY INC.
COORSTEK, INC.
CORNING, INC.
COTRONICS CORP.
DA NANOMATERIALS LLC
DEMETER ELECTRONIC AND CATALYSIS CORPORATION
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS and CO.
ELECTRO ABRASIVES CORP.
ELKEM SILICON MATERIALS
EVIDENT TECHNOLOGIES
EVONIK INDUSTRIES, AG
FERRO CORP.
FERROTEC CORP.
FUJIMI CORP.
GELEST, INC.
GFS CHEMICALS, INC.
H.C. STARK, INC.
HADRON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
HOOSIER MAGNETICS, INC.
INFRAMAT CORP.
INNOVA SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
ISHIHARA SANGYO KAISHA, LTD.
JYOTI CERAMIC INDUSTRIES PVT LTD
KENNAMETAL INC.
KYOCERA CORPORATION
MACH 1, INC.
MARKINTER CO.
MATERIALS MODIFICATION, INC.
MATERION CORP.
MEL CHEMICALS
MER CORP.
MICRO ABRASIVES CORP.
MOMENTIVE PERFORMANCE MATERIALS, INC.
MS TECHNOLOGY INC.
NANOCEROX
NANOGRAM CORP.
NANOPHASE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
NANOSYS CORP.
NEI CORP.
NEXTECH MATERIALS, LTD.
NYACOL NANO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
PLANAR SOLUTIONS LLC (FUJIFILM USA)
POWDER PROCESSING AND TECHNOLOGY
PQ CORPORATION
PRAXAIR SPECIALTY CERAMICS, INC.
PRAXAIR SURFACE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
PRIMET PRECISION MATERIALS, INC.
READE ADVANCED MATERIALS
RHODIA, INC. (SOLVAY)
RIO TINTO ALCAN
SAINT-GOBAIN CERAMICS AND PLASTICS
STEWARD ADVANCED MATERIALS
STREM CHEMICALS
STRYKER CORP. (ORTHOVITA)
SCI ENGINEERED MATERIALS, INC.
SULZER METCO INC.
SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY LTD
SUPERIOR GRAPHITE CO.
TOSOH CORP.
TRS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
UBE INDUSTRIES, LTD.
UK ABRASIVES, INC.
UMICORE
UNIMIN CORP.
UNITED STATES PRODUCTS CO.
US TECHNICAL CERAMICS
WASHINGTON MILLS ELECTRO MINERALS CORP.
YAGEO CORP.
Z-TECH LLC
ZIRCOA, INC.
ZYP COATINGS, INC.


List of Tables

GLOBAL CONSUMPTION OF ADVANCED AND NANOSCALE CERAMIC POWDERS, THROUGH 2018
Table 1 : COMMONLY USED ADVANCED CERAMIC MATERIAL FAMILIES
Table 2 : PLASMA SYNTHESIS OF CERAMIC POWDERS
Table 3 : POWDER SYNTHESIS COMPARISON
Table 4 : POWDER PROCESSES FOR VARIOUS CERAMIC MATERIALS
Table 5 : CURRENT AND POTENTIAL USES FOR ADVANCED CERAMICS
Table 6 : CURRENT AND POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS OF ADVANCED STRUCTURAL CERAMICS
Table 7 : PROPERTIES OF COMMERCIAL ALUMINA
Table 8 : PROPERTIES OF NORZIDE YZ-110HS TETRAGONAL ZIRCONIA CERAMIC
Table 9 : FRACTURE TOUGHNESS AND CRITICAL FLAW SIZES OF MONOLITHIC AND COMPOSITE CERAMIC MATERIALS
Table 10 : PROPERTIES OF MONOLITHIC CERAMICS AND CERAMIC COMPOSITES
Table 11 : THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF VARIOUS ZIRCONIAS
Table 12 : HIGH-PERFORMANCE CERAMIC COATING MATERIALS AND GENERAL APPLICATIONS
Table 13 : REPRESENTATIVE FLAME AND PLASMA SPRAYED MATERIALS, MELTING OR SOFTENING TEMPERATURES AND APPLICATIONS
Table 14 : CERAMIC INSULATORS AND THEIR PROPERTIES
Table 15 : CERAMIC SUBSTRATE PROPERTIES
Table 16 : CANDIDATE CERAMIC SUBSTRATE MATERIALS FOR ELECTRONICS
Table 17 : DIELECTRIC MATERIALS FOR MULTILAYER CERAMIC CAPACITOR (BARIUM TITANATE-BASED CERAMICS)
Table 18 : COMPARISON OF FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES
Table 19 : WORLDWIDE MARKETS FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC COMPONENTS THROUGH 2018
Table 20 : WORLDWIDE MARKETS FOR ADVANCED AND NANOSCALE CERAMIC POWDERS, THROUGH 2018
Table 21 : MAJOR SUPPLIERS OF ADVANCED OXIDE CERAMIC POWDERS AND PRODUCTS
Table 22 : MARKETS FOR CERAMIC SUBSTRATES, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, INSULATORS AND MULTICHIP CERAMIC MODULES, THROUGH 2018
Table 23 : ALUMINA POWDER CONSUMPTION FOR ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 24 : MARKETS FOR ALUMINA POWDERS FOR STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 25 : MARKETS FOR ALUMINA POWDERS FOR THERMAL SPRAY APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 26 : MARKETS FOR OXIDE POWDERS FOR MEMBRANE APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 27 : MARKETS FOR OXIDE POWDERS FOR CERAMIC FILTERS, THROUGH 2018
Table 28 : MARKETS FOR OXIDE POWDERS FOR CHEMICAL PROCESSING CATALYST SUPPORTS THROUGH 2018
Table 29 : MARKETS FOR ALUMINA POWDERS FOR CHEMICAL PROCESSING APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 30 : MARKETS FOR ALUMINA POWDERS FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 31 : BERYLLIA POWDER CONSUMPTION FOR CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 32 : MARKETS FOR ZIRCONIA POWDERS FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 33 : MARKETS FOR CERAMIC CAPACITORS AND BARIUM TITANATE POWDERS, THROUGH 2018
Table 34 : MARKETS PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC ELEMENTS AND LEAD ZIRCONATE TITANATE POWDERS, THROUGH 2018
Table 35 : TITANATE POWDER CONSUMPTION FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 36 : MARKET FOR HARD FERRITE PERMANENT MAGNETS, THROUGH 2018
Table 37 : SOFT FERRITE MAGNET MARKET, THROUGH 2018
Table 38 : CONSUMPTION OF HARD AND SOFT FERRITE POWDERS THROUGH 2018
Table 39 : CONSUMPTION OF SILICA POWDER FOR CATALYST SUPPORTS, THROUGH 2018
Table 40 : MIXED OXIDE POWDER CONSUMPTION FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 41 : MARKETS FOR OXIDE CERAMIC POWDERS, THROUGH 2018
Table 42 : SIGNIFICANT SUPPLIERS OF CARBIDE POWDERS FOR ADVANCED CERAMICS APPLICATIONS
Table 43 : MARKETS FOR CARBIDE POWDERS FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 44 : SUPPLIERS OF NITRIDE POWDERS AND NITRIDES FOR ADVANCED CERAMICS APPLICATIONS
Table 45 : MARKETS FOR SILICON NITRIDE POWDERS FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 46 : MARKETS FOR ALUMINUM NITRIDE POWDERS, THROUGH 2018
Table 47 : MARKETS FOR BORON NITRIDE POWDERS FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 48 : MARKETS FOR NITRIDE POWDERS FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 49 : SUPPLIERS OF BORIDE POWDERS AND ADVANCED CERAMICS
Table 50 : MARKETS FOR BORIDE POWDERS FOR ADVANCED CERAMIC APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018
Table 51 : SURFACE AREAS OF SELECTED OXIDE POWDERS
Table 52 : POTENTIAL AND ACTUAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS OF NANOCERAMIC POWDERS
Table 53 : SUPPLIERS OF NANOCERAMIC POWDERS AND PRODUCTS
Table 54 : MARKETS FOR CERAMIC NANOPOWDERS BY APPLICATIONS AND MATERIALS TYPES, THROUGH 2018

List of Figures

GLOBAL CONSUMPTION OF ADVANCED AND NANOSIZED CERAMIC POWDERS, 2012-2018
Figure 1 : SCHEMATIC OF DC ARC PLASMA FURNACE DEVELOPED BY THE JAPAN NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR METALS
Figure 2 : LOS ALAMOS RF PLASMA REACTOR
Figure 3 : PROCESS FLOWCHART FOR EMULSION PROCESS TO PRODUCE BARIUM TITANATE
Figure 4 : CERAMIC POWDER END-USER INDUSTRIES
Figure 5 : MARKET FOR ADVANCED AND NANOSCALE CERAMIC POWDERS BY TYPE OF POWDER, 2012-2018
Figure 6 : WORLDWIDE MARKET FOR ADVANCED AND NANOSCALE CERAMIC POWDERS BY TYPE OF END-USE, 2012-2018
Figure 7 : COMPARISON OF THE CONVENTIONAL SLURRY PROCESS FOR AL2O3 PRODUCTION AND THE PROCESS USING SOLUBLE ALKALI ADDITIVES
Figure 8 : SCHEMATIC FOR PRODUCTION OF PLASMA DISSOCIATED ZIRCONIA
Figure 9 : FLOW DIAGRAM OF A SPRAY ROASTER OF THE TYPE USED IN COMMERCIAL FERRITE POWDER PRODUCTION
Figure 10 : STEPS TO SYNTHESIZE BATIO3
Figure 11 : PROCESS FLOW FOR A TUNGSTEN CARBIDE FACILITY
Figure 12 : SOL-GEL SYNTHESIS CHART
Figure 13 : CERAMIC NANOPOWDER MARKET SEGMENTS, 2012-2018

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