Related Glossary Terms
Substances having metallic properties and being composed of two or more chemical elements of which at least one is a metal.
Agents and additives that, when added to water, create a cutting fluid. See cutting fluid.
Any manufacturing process in which metal is processed or machined such that the workpiece is given a new shape. Broadly defined, the term includes processes such as design and layout, heat-treating, material handling and inspection.
Article from Global Market Insights Inc.
The metalworking fluids market is diverse and includes giant multinational players to medium-scale companies as well. The MWF industry has some chief global players, including Total, Lubrizol Corp., The Dow Chemical Co., Apar Industries Ltd., ExxonMobil, Castrol Ltd., Henkel, PPG Industries, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Sinopec.
Metalworking Fluids Market size is forecast to exceed USD 15 billion by 2025; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc.
Metalworking fluids (MWF) market will be primarily driven by growing demand from automobile industry, which is exponentially growing over past few years. Disruptive technology and consistent advancements in process improvement and component modifications have positively influenced traditional automobile sector across the globe. Another prime growth driver for MWF market will be general manufacturing industry, which has witnessed some excellent growth numbers in specifically Asia Pacific and Latin America over the last decade.
Digitalization of automobiles and growing prominence of electric vehicles pose a threat to MWF demand in the future. Moreover, the increasing usage of nonferrous metal alloys, such as titanium and aluminum in aerospace industry, would hamper the product demand in the coming years as these metal alloys don’t need metalworking fluids during machining process. Petroleum-based MWF after usage are nonbiodegradable and pose fatal health risks to workers operating in the surrounding for a long time. Health problems associated with MWF application are asthma, chronic bronchitis, allergies and skin diseases, which are mainly due to inhalation exposure to liquid aerosols from the process fluids.
Synthetic fluids shall be the fastest growing segment in the overall metalworking fluids market during the forecast timeframe. Aerospace industry is increasingly accepting synthetic fluids for manufacturing processes as these have nonflammability at higher temperatures coupled with superior resistance to rust and corrosion. Synthetic fluids are a good substitute to petroleum-based oils as they are water-based concentrates with excellent cooling performance.
Removal fluids processed in metal-removal applications is likely to be one of the lucrative application segments in the metalworking fluids market over the forecast timeframe. Forming fluids shall be the second most prominent application segment in the industry due to the growth in automotive and steel industries in the coming years.
Asia Pacific accounted for a major chunk of global metalworking fluids market in 2017 and shall continue to remain in same position by 2025. Increasing product manufacturers focus in setting up production facilities in Asian countries including China and India on account of low initial investment and minimum labor charges, has resulted in reduced product prices. Also, subsidies for specific industries, tax breaks and export-oriented growth policies in countries, including China, Japan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and India, has grabbed attention across the globe. Additionally, the regional market is comparatively irregulated, which shall be eventually fueling metalworking fluids demand across the region in the coming years.