Widespread industrial and domestic applications have placed the sandblasting machines market in a lucrative position, owing to increased demand for enhanced surfaces in construction activities and restoration projects. The efficacy of these machines in smoothening a surface, etching of glass or cement, cleaning metal decks and in industrial painting has proven to be superior to the traditional blasting techniques. With industries focusing on adopting high precision tools for multiple intricate processes, the global sandblasting machines market is slated to be a profitable landscape in the coming years.
U.S. Sandblasting Machines Market Size, By End-user, 2014 – 2025 (USD Million)
Sandblasting process involves thrusting an abrasive media such as sand, crushed glass, aluminium oxide or even glass beads through a gun along with compressed air or water jet. The pressure of the blast can strip away dirt, paint and other materials to clean any surface in a short time. The sandblasting machines market has gained extensively from automotive and ship building industries where the uses range from surface preparation to removing coatings of hulls, tanks, towers and bridges.
With a majority of structures, utilities & vessels consisting of metal components, coatings are essential to eliminate the interaction between surfaces and the environment, preventing corrosion. Wooden products are also given acrylic coatings for external protection and aesthetic shine. Sandblasting helps to create a uniform surface profile without which the coatings will not adhere to any surface and peel off.
A critical example of sandblasting for surface preparation is the oil and gas industry, where the surface of rigs is sandblasted before coatings are applied. Gas pipes can stretch for miles and be subject to corrosion and rust. Sandblasting is used from the early stages of installation to very end of the coating process to guarantee highest possible standard of protection.
Substantial benefits of sandblasting in conjunction with demand-based availability of manual, automatic and semi-automatic blasting equipment pushed the sandblasting machines market revenue above USD 375 million in 2017.
In an effort to lower manufacturing costs and improve efficiency, companies are looking towards automatic and robotic sandblasting for ensuring continuous operating of multiple machines at a time. Absence of human operators eliminate the risk of injury and reduces defects as computer programmed sandblasters can perform repeated actions for a longer time, without drifting from specifications.
According to Global Market Insights, Inc. the U.S. automatic sandblasting segment held 45% share of the total automatic sandblasting machines market in 2017. This stems from the countries’ advanced technological progress, costly labor and high-quality standards, which demand automated and precise equipment, including robotic machines.
Despite the phenomenal progress in the field of automatic blasting, a large portion of global sandblasting machines market relies on manual machines. To elaborate, the Asia-Pacific region is characterized by inexpensive labor force, relaxed safety norms and high cost of technology acquisition. Combined with the rapid industrialization in countries like India, China & Japan, the region accounted for 40% of the overall manual sandblasting machines market.
In addition to benefits among construction, automotive, oil and gas, marine and other commercial sectors, the sandblasting machines industry has considerable use in household tasks such as residential paint removal, rust removal from structural components, cleaning and repairing walls. Other commercialized applications, that indicate the potential of the sandblasting machines industry, include engraving glass and metal works for art, 3d cemetery signing and customized interior decors for buildings.
Key players in the sandblasting machines market like Airblast B.V., Clemco Industries, MHG Strahlanlagen, Empire Abrasive Equipment Company, Torbo Engineering Keizers and Kramer Industries cater to a variety of industries worldwide. The competitive nature arising from the revolution in automation industry is expected to drive the sandblasting machines market, with an anticipated CAGR of 5% over 2018-2025.