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Experts project that the global machine tools market will be valued at more than $120 billion by the year 2020, or an annual compound growth rate of more than 6 percent between 2016 and 2020.

The global machine tools market is expected to show positive growth between 2016 and 2020. Industrial divisions that utilize automation on a large scale, such as the aerospace, automotive, defense, medical devices, electrical and electronics, renewable machinery and industrial machinery will all play a key role in the growth of this market.

While constant advances are being made in the machine tools market, there are three particular trends that are expected to fuel the growth of the global machine tools market.

It is anticipated that the following three trends will contribute immensely to the growth of this market:

The incorporation of 3D printing technology with machine tools

Originally, 3D printers were introduced into the machine tools market as a way to make small plastic prototypes and models. Since they have been introduced, however, 3D printers are widely being used in the creation of full-scale clothing, prosthetics and electronic products. Moreover, 3D printers are showing incredible potential for use in the industrial sector.

Significant changes have been sparked by 3D printing technology, and these changes are expected to have a major impact on the production of machine tools, as well as plastic injection molding. In comparison to more traditional methods, this technology reduces the amount of materials that are used for the production of these tools by 30 to 70 percent. For instance, Yamazaki Mazak, a Japanese machine tool manufacturer, has started using 3D printing technology into the production of its computer numerical controls, to positive results.

Advances in technology

The creation of hardware technology and software applications has allowed the machine tools industry to evolve. This has lead to faster, smarter and more adaptable machines. For example, machines are more multifunctional and are much more capable of executing a wide range of tasks within a single application. In particular, the development of ultrasonic and electrical beam technologies, as well as electrical discharge machines, has transformed mechanized technology.

Several software products can now be standardized onto a single platform, for instance. Additionally, advanced CAM technology is now being utilized for the creation of multi-spindle, multi-axis and multi-turret machines. Moreover, software is being used more often in the automation of both manufacturing and engineering processes. Using this software allows for an compound built-in view of operations through the precise integration with the management of product lifecycles, process planning and services related to manufacturing execution.

Rapid increases in the automation process

The increased demand for products of exceptional quality has sparked several companies to incorporate automation into their manufacturing processes. Large investment in global process automation continues to increase at a rate of about 6 percent, and is expected to reach an estimated $120 billion by the year 2019. This expansion primarily applies to technology, software, hardware, communication protocol utilized in automation and services.

Increase in productivity largely contributes to the growth of the global machine tools market, which largely benefits the corporations that make use of the automation process. Furthermore, applying process automation increases profit margins and positively impacts the regulation of resources, as well as the loss of control.

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Growth of the Global Machine Tools Market per Production Segmentation

The metal forming, metal cutting and accessories product segmentations are all fueling the growth of the machine tools market on a global scale.

In 2016, the metal cutting segment stood at the top of the market, thanks to the increased application of tools that are used to cut steel. As a result of increased used of these tools, there was a sharp increase in their development. This also gave rise to more research and development of metal cutting tools that offered greater dimensional accuracy. Moreover, the improvement in technological advances is fueling the production of smaller metal cutting machine tools. These tools are widely being used in the production of electronics and electrical equipment, fabricated metal products and machinery, as well as the manufacturing of transport equipment.

Over the projected time span, the increased growth of end-user industries, including the automotive and aerospace sectors, is expected to contribute large to the overall growth of the global machine tools market.

Global Machine Tools Market as per End-User Segmentation

Several industries are making use of machine tools. The industries that have contributed to the growth of this market, and are expected to continue fueling the growth of this market, include:

  • The automotive industry
  • The transport machinery industry
  • The generally machinery industry
  • Precision engineering

At the current time, the automotive industry accounts for the highest market share of the global machine tools market. Increasing sales, the rising demand for automobiles, and the increased investments in the automotive sector on a whole are expected to further contribute to the demand for machine tools.

Global Machine Tools Market per Region

While the growth of the global machine tools market is increasing amongst many established regions, the following locations are contributing the most to the increased expansion of this market:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • The Middle East
  • Africa

Europe, the Middle East and Africa currently accounts for the highest market share. Combined, these regions are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 7 percent during the forecasted period. Growth in these regions is largely due to the growth of the automotive and industrial industries.

Key Vendors in the Global Machine Tools Market

A number of companies are contributing to the growth of the global machine tools market; however, those that are contributing the most to the growth of this market include:

  • DMG Mori
  • Dalian Machine Tool Group
  • Yamazaki Mazak

Other vendors that are aiding in the growth of this market include Amada, Doosan, Allied Machine and Engineering, Infracore, FANUC, Fair Friend Group, GF Machine Solutions, Hardinge, Haas Automation, Makino Milling Machine, Kennametal, Sandvik, and Komatsu.


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