Bonded Abrasives Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Bonded Abrasives Market is segmented by Bond Type (Vitrified Bond, Resin Bond, Rubber Bond, and Other Bond Types), Application (Polishing, Cutting, Grinding, and Other Applications), End-user Industry (Automotive, Marine, Aerospace, Construction, Metal Working, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Bonded Abrasives Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The bonded abrasives market was estimated at USD 18 billion in 2020, and the market is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market was negatively impacted due to COVID-19 in 2020. Owing to the pandemic scenario, several countries across the world went into lockdown to curb the spreading of the virus. All the construction and manufacturing activities were halted due to supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. This negatively impacted the market. However, the condition is expected to recover in 2021, thereby driving the market studied during the forecast period.

  • Over the short term, rapidly growing construction activities in emerging economies are augmenting the growth of the market.
  • On the flip side, the declining growth of the automotive industry and the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • The Asia-pacific region is expected to account for the largest share during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Bonded abrasives are a mixture of abrasive grains, fillers, and bonding materials. They are used to remove surface materials such as metal, ceramics, glass, plastics, and paints. These abrasives are used in both grinding wheels and abrasives stones or sticks. The bonded abrasives market is segmented by bond type, application, end-user industry, and geography. By bond type, the market is segmented by vitrified bond, resin bond, rubber bond, and other bond types. By application, the market is segmented by polishing, cutting, grinding, and other applications. By end-user industry, the market is segmented by automotive, marine, aerospace, construction, metal working, and other end-user industries. The report offers market size and forecasts for 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (USD million).

Bond Type
Vitrified Bond
Resin Bond
Rubber Bond
Other Bond Types
Other Applications
End-user Industry
Metal Working
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Construction Industry

  • Bonded abrasives are substances used in the construction industry, to smooth out or mould (providing the finish) other softer materials through extensive rubbing.
  • These bonded materials work by scratching away the surface of materials, to get rid of unwanted roughness or substances, thus resulting in a polished floor look. Increasing population is ramping up the demand for living spaces, thereby driving the bonded abrasive materials use in the construction sector including residential, commercial, and infrastructural activities.
  • According to a study by Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the global construction industry is expected to value USD 8 trillion by 2030, primarily driven by China, India, and the United States region.
  • Globally, Asia-Pacific has the largest construction market, followed by India, China, and various Southeast Asian countries. In India, the government has initiated projects, such as 100 smart cities and ‘Housing for All by 2022’, which are expected to immensely drive the residential construction market in India through the forecast period.
  • Construction, in Canada, is a strong indicator of the country's economic strength. Toronto and Montreal were the main centers of construction activities, accounting for almost 25% of the total construction activities, in the recent past.
  • In Germany, the increasing migration to the country has been stimulating the current demand for new residential construction. ​About 3.6 million migrants were expected to arrive to Germany, by the end of 2020-2021, which will require at least 350,000 new dwellings per year.
  • All these construction activities are likely to drive the bonded abrasives market in the construction sector during the forecast period.
Bonded Abrasives Market Latest Trends

In the North American Region, the United States to Dominate the Market

  • The United States is the world’s largest and most powerful economy in the world. However, the country's economic growth has been slowed in the recent past, with the GDP growth rate dropping from 3% in 2018 to 2.2% in 2019. Additionally, the GDP of the country contracted by 4.8% in the first quarter and 31.4% in the second quarter of 2020, indicating the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the country’s annual GDP growth dipped to -4.3% in 2020.
  • The United States has one of the world’s largest construction industries, and it recorded annual revenue of USD 1,306 billion in 2019. The United States is a major industrialized nation that houses multiple industries in heavy-scale, medium-scale, and small-scale categories. The country is known for its booming commercial activities.
  • According to US Census Bureau, the total Residential housing units authorized by building permits in March 2020 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,353,000, representing 5% growth over the March 2019 rate of 1,288,000. The total number of privately‐owned housing starts in March 2020 was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,216,000, representing 1.4% growth over the March 2019 rate of 1,199,000.
  • Even though the United States construction sector took a plunge in 2020, the industry is expected to recover and grow by late 2021, thereby increasing the demand for bonded abrasives market from the construction sector during the forecast period.
  • Despite the continuous growth of the automotive industry from the past decade, the sector is exhibiting a sharp decline since the beginning of 2019 due to several factors like the trade war between China and the United States and further due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • In the first nine months of 2020, the total automobile production in the United States witnessed a decline of about 25.1% Y-o-Y over the same time period in 2019 and reached a total of about 6.24 million vehicles from 8.33 million vehicles produced in January-April 2019. The decline in production due to the virus outbreak has affected the country's automotive industry, thereby indirectly affecting the market for bonded abrasives.
  • The US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office supports the development of battery and electric drive systems. The US government announced few policies and targets to drive the electric vehicle market.
  • Furthermore, the United States has the largest aerospace industry in the world. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the total commercial aircraft fleet is expected to reach 8,270 by 2037, from 7,397 in 2018. Moreover, the US mainliner carrier fleet is expected to grow at a rate of 54 aircraft per year, as the existing fleet has been becoming older, which is expected to provide opportunities for bonded abrasives market.
  • Such factors are expected to drive the market for bonded abrasives in the United States during the forecast period.
Bonded Abrasives Market Growth By Region

Competitive Landscape

The bonded abrasives market is expected to be partially consolidated, with the top five-six players occupying a significant position in the market. Key players in the bonded abrasives market include 3M, Marrose Abrasives, Saint-Gobain, SAK ABRASIVES LIMITED, and Carborundum Universal Limited.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rapidly Growing Construction Sector in Emerging Economies

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Downfall in the Automotive Industry

      2. 4.2.2 Negative Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Bond Type

      1. 5.1.1 Vitrified Bond

      2. 5.1.2 Resin Bond

      3. 5.1.3 Rubber Bond

      4. 5.1.4 Other Bond Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Polishing

      2. 5.2.2 Cutting

      3. 5.2.3 Grinding

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Automotive

      2. 5.3.2 Marine

      3. 5.3.3 Aerospace

      4. 5.3.4 Construction

      5. 5.3.5 Metal Working

      6. 5.3.6 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share/Ranking Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 3M

      2. 6.4.2 Carborundum Universal Limited

      3. 6.4.3 DEWALT

      4. 6.4.4 Hermes Schleifmittel GmbH

      5. 6.4.5 Karbosan

      6. 6.4.6 Marrose Abrasives

      7. 6.4.7 Osborn (DRONCO)

      8. 6.4.8 Precision Abrasives Pvt. Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Saint-Gobain

      10. 6.4.10 SAK ABRASIVES LIMITED

      11. 6.4.11 sia Abrasives Industries AG

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Bonded Abrasives Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Bonded Abrasives Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

3M, Marrose Abrasives, Saint-Gobain, SAK ABRASIVES LIMITED, Carborundum Universal Limited are the major companies operating in Bonded Abrasives Market.

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