Boron Carbide Industry Forecast: Demand to Reach USD 256.8 Million by 2033, with a CAGR of 5.3%

boron carbide market

The global boron carbide industry was valued at USD 136.7 million in 2018. By 2033, it is projected that the market for boron carbide would reach USD 256.8 million. From 2023 to2033, the boron carbide market is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.3%. Its estimated value would rise to USD 153.9 million in 2023.

The extraordinary physical properties of boron carbide are set to drive its demand in laser drilling and cutting applications primarily. Boron carbide is a highly sought-after product due to its incredible hardness, which is only surpassed by diamond, and its extraordinary endurance to high temperatures. These properties are crucial for precision machining, high-tech industries and research applications where extreme conditions are expected.

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Industries seeking accurate and effective material processing prefer boron carbide nozzles and focusing lenses since they can withstand the tremendous heat produced by strong lasers during laser cutting. In industries such as electronics and aerospace, where precise and clean drilling and cutting procedures are required, its hardness ensures life and lowers the frequency of replacements in laser systems.

Boron carbide is still in great demand as these high-tech industries develop. It is essential for use in contemporary production and research facilities to retain structural integrity under harsh conditions. The unique hardness and heat resistance combination is estimated to position boron carbide as an indispensable material in the laser cutting and drilling industry.

Key Takeaways from the Boron Carbide Market Study

  • The global boron carbide market witnessed a CAGR of 4.1% over the historical period from 2018 to 2022.
  • The United States boron carbide industry is expected to represent a total financial potential of US$ 18.9 million between 2023 and 2033.
  • The boron carbide industry in China is expected to rise at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period.
  • The abrasive grade segment is estimated to hold around 67.8% of the global boron carbide market share in 2023.
  • The industrial abrasive segment in terms of end-use is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period.

“Due to increased manufacturing of protective body armor and vehicle armor systems to fulfill growing defense demand, the boron carbide industry is anticipated to rise. As developed and developing countries are expected to push their defense spending to modernize their current armed forces, the market for organic boron carbide is anticipated to surge.” – says a lead analyst at Future Market Insights (FMI).

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Competitive Landscape

The market for boron carbide on a worldwide scale has a handful of key companies that are quite active in the industry. An estimated 40 to 45% of the global market share for boron carbide is held by key players.

There can be a number of small and medium-sized participants in the market. These players are poised to drive the market and challenge tier-1 competitors.

Leading business organizations are investing a lot in research & development initiatives to increase the applications for boron carbide. The inclusion of new technology into their products is further boosting the utilization of this chemical component on the international market.

For instance,

  • Researchers from the University of Florida (UF) used Expanse at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego in September 2023. They sought to investigate the atomic-level effects of stress on the useful but naturally brittle boron carbide. Expanse-powered molecular dynamics simulations were utilized by the researchers to demonstrate bond breakdown caused by stretching or an artificial tensile shock. The results were reported in the European Journal of Mechanics – A/Solids.
  • In April 2023, Flex B4C, a cutting-edge boron carbide-enhanced filament, was introduced by Nanovia, a manufacturer of distinctive 3D printing filaments based in France. In the nuclear energy sector, it can be used for neuron shielding. Nanovia Flex B4C is conceptually equivalent to Nanovia’s PLA XRS, which filters X-rays using barium sulfate. The company has been using B4C on ceramic filament in the Cr range that is intended for sintering for an extended period.

Get More Valuable Insights into the Boron Carbide Market Report

In its latest report, Future Market Insights (FMI) offers an unbiased analysis of the global boron carbide market, providing historical data from 2018 to 2022 and forecast statistics for the period 2023 to 2033. To understand the global market potential, growth, and scope, the market is segmented based on grade, physical form, end-use, and region.

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Key Companies Profiled in Boron Carbide Market

  • Washington Mills North Grafton, Inc.
  • Saint-Gobain S.A.
  • 3M
  • UK Abrasives, Inc.
  • Songshan Specialty Materials, Inc.
  • ABSCO Limited
  • Advanced Abrasives Corporation
  • Dalian Zhengxing Abrasive Co., Ltd.
  • Henan E-Grind Abrasives Co. Ltd
  • Bhukhanvala Industries Pvt. Ltd.
  • Feldco International

Boron Carbide Market Outlook by Category

Boron Carbide Market by Grade:

  • Abrasive
  • Nuclear
  • Refractory

Boron Carbide Market by Physical Form:

  • Powder
  • Granular
  • Paste

Boron Carbide Market by End-Use:

  • Armors & Ballistic Protection
  • Industrial Abrasives
  • Neutron Shielding (Nuclear Reactor)
  • Shields & Panels
  • Refractory Materials
  • Others

By Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia and Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa

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Future Market Insights, Inc. (ESOMAR certified, recipient of the Stevie Award, and a member of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce) offers profound insights into the driving factors that are boosting demand in the market. FMI stands as the leading global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, consulting, and events for the Packaging, Food and Beverage, Consumer Technology, Healthcare, Industrial, and Chemicals markets. With a vast team of 400 analysts worldwide, FMI provides global, regional, and local expertise on diverse domains and industry trends across more than 110 countries.

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About the Author

Ronak Shah

Associate Vice President at Future Market Insights is deeply committed to uncovering actionable insights for consumer and food and beverage players. She brings a unique blend of analysis, industry trends, and consumer behavior to put data into perspective.

What she makes out of data becomes a delight to read. She has authored many opinions, including for publications like Process Industry Informer and Spinal Surgery News, as she understands the market pulse and consumers' shifting preferences.

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