The global abrasive blasting nozzle market size was valued at USD 215.23 million in 2022. It is estimated to reach USD 314.12 million by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period (2023–2031).
An abrasive blasting nozzle is a mechanical device that regulates the properties and direction of fluid flow from a sandblasting machine. In order to clean surfaces of coating, corrosion, and pollution, it regulates the flow of pressured air or water. The nozzles are made from steel, ceramics, silicon nitride, tungsten carbide, and boron carbide. Abrasive blasting nozzles are designed to cater to numerous requirements and are supplied in various configurations and lengths. An abrasive blasting nozzle frequently offers high abrasive velocity venturi, angled, straight bore, and broad throat variations that can be employed in small places and for close-range spot blasting. As a result, these nozzles have many uses in various industries, including the automotive, building, and maritime sectors.
Significant businesses are also working on nozzles that will lower healthcare expenditures over the long term, OSHA noise violations, worker hearing injury events, and increase workplace productivity. Vendors primarily use cutting-edge materials to manufacture lightweight nozzles to reduce operator fatigue and boost workplace productivity. In order to lower the exit velocity while efficiently preserving the particle velocity and lowering the noise levels at the source without sacrificing productivity, vendors are also using unique technologies.
Furthermore, other product advancements, such as creating new abrasive blasting nozzles with higher output velocities, also contribute to the industry's growth. New abrasive blasting nozzles are introduced to the market, such as venturi nozzles that offer a high abrasive rate, angled nozzles that are perfect for small spaces, and straight bore nozzles that are appropriate for close-range spot blasting. They are being used for a variety of applications. There are likely sizable market prospects due to the ability to blast nozzles to ensure consistent surface finishing over the forecast period. For instance, sandblasting operations to remove paint, rust, grease, and oil from cars increasingly use blasting nozzles.
One of the primary reasons contributing to the market's favorable outlook is the expanding automotive sector worldwide. An abrasive blasting nozzle can remove paint, impurities, and corrosion from metallic components. It can also be utilized for surface preparation, restoration, and graffiti removal from walls. Moreover, the extensive use of blasting equipment across sectors boosts market expansion. The nozzles assist in mechanically managing the blasting system and effectively employing compressed air to optimize the use of abrasives. In keeping with this, they are also employed to replace time-consuming manual cleaning techniques, further fueling market expansion.
The market is anticipated to develop as more people use abrasive blasting equipment for cleaning, repairing, and surface finishing, among other uses. The vigorous pursuit of construction projects, particularly in developing nations like Brazil and India, is anticipated to add to the rise. In addition, the worker's safety is increased by these cutting-edge versions, which are compatible with robotic blasting equipment, produce little noise, offer longer operational hours, and increase productivity. Other factors, such as quick industrialization and significant research and development (R&D) efforts, are predicted to create lucrative growth opportunities for the market players.
The global abrasive blasting nozzle market is segmented by nozzle type, material, end user, and bore size.
Based on nozzle type, the global abrasive blasting nozzle market is divided into venturi nozzle, straight bore nozzle, wide throat nozzle, and others.
The venturi nozzle segment is responsible for the largest market share and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 3.2% over the forecast period. A venturi nozzle is ideal for high-production cleaning operations for large surfaces and is available in numerous variations. The short venturi nozzle has a compact, impact-absorbing jacket, making it suitable for tight spaces. Typical applications of short venturi nozzles include bulkheads in ships, the interior of pipes, bridge lattice, and similar tight spaces. Similarly, long venturi-style nozzles enhance productivity by approximately 40% compared to other nozzles and reduce abrasive consumption by nearly 40%. These nozzles are made of Tungsten Carbide, and their advanced versions are generally featured 50 mm contractor threads composed of the same polyurethane as the nozzle jacket. This makes the long venturi nozzle more price-friendly without compromising quality.
Based on material, the global abrasive blasting nozzle market is segmented into carbide tips, ceramic tips, and steel tips.
The carbide tips segment owns the highest market and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period. Carbide nozzles are preferred over their counterparts owing to numerous benefits, such as cost-effectiveness and durability, compared to other materials. The companies supply carbide nozzles at competitive prices and develop custom carbide parts made to OEM specifications. Most long carbide nozzles incorporate the venturi principle to accelerate the abrasive particle stream. Such nozzles offer various advantages, such as reduced replacement rates, lesser downtime, higher productivity, and environmental friendliness. Carbide nozzles are further sub-segmented into tungsten, carbide, boron carbide, and silicon carbide.
Based on end-user, the global abrasive blasting nozzle market is bifurcated into automotive, construction, marine (shipyard), and others.
The marine (shipyard) segment is the highest contributor to the market and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.0% over the forecast period. The marine (shipyard) sector is expected to account for a substantial revenue share over the forecast timeframe. The marine industry is increasingly deploying abrasive blasting machines for surface treatment and rust removal from ships, emerging as a rapidly growing segment. This procedure is also used for enhancing the properties and strengthening the ship's surface. In addition, industry participants are focusing on the dust-less blasting of marine applications to ensure efficient ship maintenance, restoration, and cleaning. As a result, the demand for blasting nozzles across the application has showcased considerable growth and is expected to continue over the coming years.
Based on bore size, the global abrasive blasting nozzle market is divided into 5/16 inch, 3/8 inch, 7/16 inch, and others.
The 3/8 inch segment owns the highest market share and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% over the forecast period. The 3/8 inch bore size accounted for the largest share of 36.8% in 2022 and is presumed to dominate the market share over the forecast period. The 3/8 inch bore size nozzles are the most commonly used, producing an adequate blast pressure with a 185 CFM compressor. However, the bore size is selected for maximum productivity following the available air pressure and flow.
Based on region, the global abrasive blasting nozzle market is bifurcated into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa.
Asia-Pacific is the most significant shareholder in the global abrasive blasting nozzle market and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period. Asia-Pacific is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing region over the forecast period. An increasing number of construction activities in the countries such as China, India, and South East Asia is expected to drive growth across the region. The volume of construction output will increase by 85% to USD 15.5 trillion globally by 2030, according to Global Construction Perspectives' recent report, "Global Construction 2030." In addition, the high usage of abrasive blasting machines in critical end-user verticals, such as automotive and industrial, is projected to further contribute to regional growth over the next few years. The region's key players' rising investments to seize chances further boost the market value.
Europe is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 2.6% over the forecast period. Dustless blasting is an innovative and enhanced form of abrasive blasting that is growing in favor of Europe. Old coats are quickly removed with the dustless method, leaving a spotless surface in their place. This method reduces expenses and production time while giving workers better air. The future of surface preparation may lie in dustless blasting. Efficiency remains a top priority for users, which impacts the development, acquisition, and application of abrasive blast nozzles. Wet blast abrasives can be utilized for nearly any surface preparation task, thanks to modern technology. Industry experts are experimenting with ways to achieve the same aims more rapidly and effectively thanks to a growing array of alternative materials, fueling the market's expansion.
Furthermore, abrasive blasting machines are increasingly used for home and industrial applications, fueling the continued growth of the European market. Some of the biggest automakers in the area are located in nations like Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy. They use abrasive blasting equipment for various tasks like rust removal, paint removal, and electroplating pre-treatment. In addition, the regional market is experiencing tremendous potential prospects due to the increasing acceptance of these machines in different end-user sectors and industrial verticals like aerospace, oil and gas, and marine.
North America is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period. Abrasive blasting is extensively used in the construction sector across North America, especially in woodwork applications. Moreover, this process is used for surface blasting rough walls and street and building cleaning applications. It is also increasingly used by municipal corporations to remove graffiti from walls and other surfaces. Such complex requirements necessitate the usage of an appropriate nozzle to attain the desired results, thereby escalating product demand efficiently. Moreover, the rising demand for abrasive blasting in aerospace and industrial sectors across the region further contributes to revenue generation.
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